Jelly Bean Science and Science Snack

It’s possible I have an obsession with candy science.  It’s just so much fun and it’s automatically engaging because…well, it’s candy!

Today we’re using jelly beans!

First are two experiments that you can get started at the same time: Sink or Float? and Disappearing Jelly Beans.

For these experiments you will need:

  • 4 cups
  • 5 jelly beans – one for each cup, plus a control
  • Vinegar
  • Banking soda
  • Salt

  1.  Start by labeling each cup (water, baking soda, vinegar, salt) and filling them half way with water.
  2. Add one tablespoon of salt to the first cup.  Stir to dissolve.
  3. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the second cup.  Stir.
  4. Add one tablespoon of baking soda to the next cup.  Stir to dissolve.
  5. Make a hypothesis about weather you think the jelly beans will sink or float.

6.  Place a jelly bean in each cup and document your results.

7. Make a hypothesis abut what will happen to the jelly beans in each solution.

These results started almost immediately for me with both Nerds jelly beans and Sweet Tart jelly beans.  You can actually see the sugar coating starting to dissolve within seconds!

9.  Let your jelly beans soak for about 20 minutes.

10.  Document and summarize your results.

These results are fun to compare with marshmallow peeps in the same solutions, too, because the results are slightly different.  You can see the Peeps results here.

Extend the jelly bean fun with a science snack using chocolate and jelly beans to make Bunny Bait!

For this science snack you will need:

  • melting chocolate (any color)
  • jelly beans
  • parchment paper
  • a cookie sheet

  1. Start by making observations and a hypothesis about what will happen when you heat the chocolate.

2. Heat the chocolate in a slow cooker or microwave.  This time I bought the ready to microwave package of chocolates and it was so easy!

3. Document your results.

4. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

5. Pour the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper.

6. Sprinkle with jelly beans.

7. Allow to harden, then break into pieces.

You can find the lab books for these activities in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here.

What kind of science is your class doing this spring?

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One Response to Jelly Bean Science and Science Snack

  1. Stacey Ash says:

    I would love to try the bunny bait. Looks tasty!


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