The choice candy for the season also makes for an awesome science experiment! Our dissolving candy cane experiments make for an easy and frugal Christmas science experiment and a great chemistry experiment for young kids.   All you need are some Christmas candy cane, and a few other household ingredients.  You won’t want to miss out on this fun kids’ science experiment!

DISSOLVING CANDY CANE EXPERIMENT FOR KIDS

CHRISTMAS SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

I bet you already have candy canes and if not they are pretty simple to pick up. Want some more ideas for things to do with candy canes? You can also make an awesome peppermint scented salt dough with them for ornaments or even turn them into peppermint oobleck!

We have done a few science experiments now with dissolving candy.  Some of our favorites are with skittles, m&m’s, candy corn, candy fish and gumdrops. They are all pretty cool and produce unique results!

There are two ways to go about this dissolving candy cane experiment. You can either choose water for dissolving them or you can choose an array of liquids from the kitchen like oil, vinegar, club soda, milk, juice, you name it!!

We have set up this experiment for you both ways. In the first one, we stuck with different temperatures of water to keep it completely frugal and super easy. In the second candy cane experiment, we compared two different liquids.  Have a go at both experiments or just try one, your choice!

Dissolving candy canes makes a great STEM activity for kids. We weighed our candy canes, we used liquids of varying temperatures to test our ideas, and we timed our dissolving candy canes to confirm our theories. Holiday STEM challenges are pretty cool!

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#1 CANDY CANE EXPERIMENT

I was trying to decide if we should use the candy canes or the peppermints, so my son suggested we do both. Then I suggested we weigh the candy cane and the peppermint to see if they were the same weight. STEM is all about building on curiosity!

It was a great discovery to find out that they are the same weight but in a different shape. We used a kitchen scale and had the opportunity to discuss the numbers and measurements between ounces and grams.

How will the shapes of the peppermint and the candy cane affect the results? Which will dissolve faster?  Make a guess and test your theory. You can read more about the scientific method for kids here.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Small Candy Canes
  • Small peppermints {Optional}
  • Water
  • Cups
  • Stopwatch/Timer and/or Kitchen Scale
  • Printable Science Worksheet {scroll down}

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#1 CANDY CANE EXPERIMENT SETUP

STEP 1. Fill your cups with the same amount of water but at different temperatures. Make sure to label what you have in each cup.

We chose room temperature water, boiled water from the kettle, and freezer cold water.

WARNING: Younger kids will require adult assistance for handling very hot water!

STEP 2. Add one candy cane or peppermint to each cup.  Make sure you add the same type of candy cane to each cup.

Optional: Makeup two cups of each type of liquid if you want to do a comparison between candy canes and the round peppermints.

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STEP 3.  Set the timer to record how long each peppermint or candy cane takes to dissolve.

Make sure to download our candy cane science worksheet below to record your results.

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STEP 4. Observe what happens.

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#2 CANDY CANE EXPERIMENT

This candy cane experiment explores how fast the candy cane dissolves in different solutions that you can easily make up yourself, saltwater and sugar water.

How will the type of liquid affect the results? Which will dissolve faster?

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 6 cups of water
  • ½ cup sugar, divided
  • ½ cup salt, divided
  • 6 candy canes

#2 CANDY CANE EXPERIMENT SETUP

STEP 1. To make your solutions… Add 1 cup of water to three different cups. Then add ¼ cup sugar to one of the cups, stirring until it is dissolved. Add ¼ cup salt to the second cup, stirring until dissolved.  The third cup is the control.

STEP 2. Heat another 3 cups of water until hot. Place 1 cup of hot water into another three cups. Into one of these cups, add ¼ cup sugar, stirring until it is dissolved. Into the second cup with hot water, add ¼ cup salt, stirring until dissolved.  The third cup is the control. 

STEP 3. Place one unwrapped candy cane into each cup of water. Set a timer for 2 minutes.

When the timer goes off, check the candy canes and make note of which have changed. Continue checking the candy canes every 2 to 5 minutes, making note of the changes.

Discuss which liquids caused the candy canes to dissolve faster/slower and why.

If desired, repeat the experiment using different room-temperature liquids such as vinegar, liquid dish soap, oil, soda pop, etc.

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SIMPLE DISSOLVING CANDY CANE EXPERIMENTS FOR CHRISTMAS SCIENCE!

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