Dissolving Candy Hearts Science Experiment
Check out this cool dissolving candy hearts science experiment. Watch what happens when hearts are left in different liquids such as water, oil, hydrogen peroxide, distilled vinegar and more! Some may dissolve and some may not. The results might surprise you! This was a neat experiment to explore solubility and so easy to conduct!
Mason jars or test tubes for experiment
Variety of liquids (water, vegetable oil, distilled vinegar, almond milk, etc)
Simply fill your test tubes or mason jars with a bit of each liquid. The kids can help measure each liquid evenly.
Drop the heart in and observe.
We left ours out for about three days, to see what would happen with time.
Have the kids make predictions and observations. What do they notice? Is there anything the same, is there anything different?
Let’s discuss the results.
Which liquid is the best solvent? It is not oil. See the result below
We noticed ours did not change in oil and that is because molecules are different compared to others. They do not attract sugar like they do in water.
Generally, water is the universal solvent. Hydrogen peroxide caused our heart to float to the top.
It is a denser liquid than water, so the heart is likely to float quicker as some of it dissolves. Our heart in the distilled vinegar dissolved all the way over the course of time!
We also used coconut milk which showed some dissolving. See the heart in the coconut milk below.
We were surprised that most hearts dissolved to a point except for the one in oil.
It’s always fun to see if your predictions are right in this dissolving candy hearts science experiment!
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Photos & content by: Heather Kucenski