Want to know how to make sorbet from scratch? Whether you make it indoors or outdoors, make sure you have a pair of warm gloves ready. This easy sorbet in a bag recipe is chilly chemistry for kids they can eat! Enjoy fun science experiments all year round!

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HOW TO MAKE SORBET

Like ice cream in a bag, making sorbet is also quite easy and a good workout for the arms! This sorbet in a bag science experiment is a fun activity to try at home or in the classroom. It does require some adult supervision and assistance. A good pair of gloves are needed as this science activity does get very cold.

Edible science has become one of our favorite things to do together these days. Whenever I mention anything about food, eating, edible science… He’s all in. BIG TIME!

It’s summer, and we love all things sweet and cold. Instead of heading to the local dairy bar, grab a few simple ingredients and head outdoors. Kids can learn just how sorbet is made… with chemistry!

ALSO CHECK OUT: Ice Cream In A Bag Recipe

SORBET RECIPE

SUPPLIES:

  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • Red and blue food coloring (optional)
  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc bag
  • 2 quart-size Ziploc bags

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1. Pour one cup of apple juice into a quart-size Ziploc bag. Add 8 drops of red food coloring into the first bag.

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STEP 2. Pour the other cup of apple juice into another quart size Ziploc bag. Add 8 drops of blue food coloring into the second bag.

STEP 3. Place the 2 cups of ice, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of salt into the gallon-size bag.

STEP 4. Make sure to tightly seal the smaller bags and place them both into the larger bag

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STEP 5. Shake vigorously for 3 to 5 minutes. You may want to use oven mitts as the bag does get cold pretty quickly.

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STEP 6. Remove inner bags, scoop out and serve.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

What’s the chemistry behind sorbet because it’s pretty sweet? The magic is in the salt and ice mixture in the bag! In order to make your homemade sorbet, your ingredients need to get very cold and actually freeze. Instead of placing the ingredients in the freezer, you mix together salt and ice to make a solution.

Adding salt to the ice lowers the temperature at which water freezes. You will actually notice your ice melting as your sorbet ingredients start to freeze. 

Shaking the bag allows the juice mixture to move around to allow for better freezing. Plus it also creates a little air that makes it a bit fluffier.

Is sorbet a liquid or a solid? Actually sorbet changes states of matter. Also, more chemistry! It starts out as a liquid but changes to a solid in it’s frozen form, but it can go back to a liquid when it melts. This is a good example of reversible change as it’s not permanent.

You will definitely notice that the bag becomes much too cold to handle without gloves, so please make sure you have a good pair of gloves to shake it with.

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