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Dig In To These Edible Food Science Experiments

While most science experiments might as well wear a big "DO NOT EAT" sign, these fun food science projects are 100% taste-test-approved.

Margo Gothelf · about 1 month ago

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In a typical science lab, edible materials are kinda hard to come by. That smoking, fizzing stuff in the test tubes? Yeah, definitely not a snack.

Luckily, there are a few science experiments that are 100% approved for taste testing, and we’ve rounded up a bunch for you to try out below. Make your kitchen into a mad scientist's laboratory with these edible food science projects!

Make Your Own Gummy Bears

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Little Bins for Little Hands

Raise your hand if gummy bears are your favorite candy! If you’ve got two hands up high, you’re going to be very into this experiment. Head on over to Little Bins For Little Hands to see how to make gummy bears for yourself. Along the way, you’ll discover if the gummy treats are solid or liquid and why they are so stretchy. Science you can eat!

Edible Glass

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Go Science Kids

Want a bite of glass? If you just did a double-take at that sentence, you have the right idea. But this exciting experiment makes it entirely possible — well, almost possible. Start by heating a sugar mixture to a very high temp to make a glass-like replica. Once it cools down, watch it set — and shatter — just like a piece of glass. Try it out for yourself and get the details over on Go Science Kid.

Dancing Frankenworms

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Playdough to Plato

Turn up the music because it's time to make some gummy worms dance! This experiment uses the classic combination of baking soda and vinegar to get a groovy reaction out of some gummy worms. All you have to do is combine the two substances and add the worms to make them come alive. Not only is the experiment simple to conduct, but it also works as a great joke if you want to convince your younger siblings the candy has come to life. 

Kool-Aid Rock Candy Crystals

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Teach Beside Me

We all know about rock candy, but have you ever stopped to wonder how it gets made? Dive into the details and find out the secrets behind the super sweet treat with this DIY rock candy crystals experiment, which uses Kool-Aid to make flavored rock candy. The only downside to this experiment? It takes about two full weeks to see if it will work — so you might want to break out a different treat in the meantime.

Edible Marshmallow Fluff Slime

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Little Bins for Little Hands

Admit it, you've always wondered what the slime you play with would actually taste like. Put your mind at ease and try it out for yourself with this version of edible slime. The recipe from Little Bins For Little Hands uses marshmallow fluff to mimic the gooey and stretchy texture. With this batch, you won't have to worry when it gets all over your hands — just don't mix this batch of slime up with the real stuff! 

Color-Changing Lemonade

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Left Brain Craft Brain

There's plain lemonade and pink lemonade, but have you ever seen purple lemonade? This purple lemonade might look a little out of the ordinary, but it's just as refreshing. So, want to know how to turn it purple? It's all about the butterfly pea flower tea. The tea contains a special pigment that reacts with the lemons in a supercharged way. Learn more about the science behind the tea and see how to conduct the experiment over Left Brain Craft Brain

Gummy Juice Noodles

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Teach Beside Me

Love a refreshing glass of juice? What about a big plate of noodles? Ever thought about combining them into one meal? While the answer is probably no, this molecular gastronomy science experiment shows you how to do just that. Choose your favorite flavor of juice and head over to Teach Beside Me for the full low down. Who knows, if this is a huge success, you just might think of opening your very own juice noodle food truck!

Ice Cream in a Bag

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The Best Ideas for Kids

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream in a bag — that's how the saying goes, right? It might as well be because that's what you'll be cheering while you make your DIY ice cream. This ice cream isn't for the weak — you actually have to shake a plastic bag pretty consistently to turn the ice cream into a solid. Head over to The Best Ideas For Kids and see how they break down the full process. 

Glowing Ice Cubes

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Go Science Kids

One of the best things about science experiments is that you see everyday items in a new light — literally in a new light with this experiment because you want to be in a pitch-black room to experience the full effect. So what's the pantry item in question? It's tonic water. The water contains a small amount of quinine, which makes the water glow in the dark when exposed to UV light. Freeze some tonic water in an ice cube tray and add them to a glass. Then shut off the lights and watch it glow! 

Make a Rubber Egg

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Little Bins for Little Hands

Want to turn an egg into a bouncy ball? A little soak in vinegar is all you need to do just that. The vinegar breaks down the shell of the egg, turning the texture of the egg upside down. While you technically can cook up this egg and eat it after the experiment, you might want to settle for some freshly cooked eggs instead.

Edible Sedimentary Rocks

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Rainy Day Mum

Have a little one who loves to play with rocks? If so, you're going to want to show them this tasty experiment. Rainy Day Mum has managed to give you an inside look into the different layers that make up rocks. The catch? The "rocks" are actually made out of Rice Krispies, M&Ms, and chocolate chips. The different candies show how the layers are formed and how sedimentary rocks are developed. 

Solar Oven S’mores

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Lemon Lime Adventures

S'mores are a summer camping trip must-have. But what happens when you don't have a campfire to roast the marshmallows? Lemon Lime Adventures has got you covered with this solar oven s'mores experiment. This nifty setup tests out a DIY homemade solar panel oven to make s'mores, but without the campfire. Not only will you get to learn about solar energy, but you'll also get to eat a bunch of tasty s'mores! Double win.