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Using Sugar for Science Experiments
Using Sugar for Science Experiments

One of the easiest ways to get your kids interested in science is to show them how to make a tasty treat. In this experiment, we show you how chemical compounds can be broken down into different substances using only sugar, water and a pan. Taken from the book, “Science Experiments You Can Eat” by Vicki Cobbs, this experiment is easy, but should be conducted under adult supervision as it involves working over the stove.


  • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  1. Pour 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar into a shallow pan and heat on medium-high while stirring. In about five to 10 minutes the sugar will start to melt and then will start to become darker and thinner.
  2. When it becomes straw-colored, you have a new substance....caramel!
  3. Turn the heat off and slowly add 1/2 cup cold water to the caramel. (Be careful when pouring the water because the caramel is hot and can splatter!)
  4. By cooling the caramel quickly with water, a brittle, edible candy will form...but keep stirring on low heat for about another ten minutes. The caramel chunk will soon dissolve into a carbon-water solution that is perfect for pouring into a cold glass of milk or using as a dip for fresh fruit slices.
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