If you are looking for a quick holiday science experiment to stop your kids’ brains from turning to mush on holiday break, look no further! In this quick and easy experiment, find out what happens when candy canes are immersed in different liquids. Which candy cane dissolves the fastest? You might be surprised to find out! Results do not take long in this experiment to find out.
- Candy canes (we used small ones)
- 4 mason jars (we used small ones)
- Room temperature water
- Hot water
- Optional: timer/stopwatch
Heat hot water.
Fill four mason jars, each with a different liquid as mentioned above. Be sure they have the same amount in each jar.
Place a candy cane in each jar.
Observe what happens!
What did you see? Immediately, we noticed the hot water dissolved the candy cane pretty quick. Room temperature water wasn’t too far behind. We were surprised that the vinegar didn’t work the quickest. With various other experiments, vinegar tends to cause a reaction quickly. The candy cane did not dissolve in the oil at all. The next part of the activity begins – the explanation of “why”. We discovered that heat must cause sugar in the candy cane to break down fast.
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Photos & content by: Heather Kucenski