Bend a Candy Cane Experiment

You will need: candy canes, pointsettia leaves, sugar and coffee filters

Let's get started!

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Step 2:- Help your children unwrap the candy canes.

Step 3:- Let them try to bend one...even just in half to make a hill shape.

Step 4:- Ask them if they think heat would make any difference. Help them record their prediction.

Step 5:- Place 1-2 unwrapped candy canes on a cookie sheet. After the first batch, try building "forms" for the candy to melt around and predict how the candy will behave as it melts.

Step 6:- Put the candy canes in the oven. Check them after 2 1/2 - 3 minutes.

Step 7:- Pull the candy canes out of the oven. Let them cool for about a minute. Be very careful with the hot candy and cookie sheet. Be certain your children do not burn themselves.

Step 8:- As soon as the candy is cool enough to touch (about a minute), take it off the aluminum foil and set it on a paper plate. I peeled it off the foil and set it on the plates for the kids to touch. Once it is cool enough for your children to touch, let them try to bend it again. This is when I tied one in a knot (see the first picture!). If the candy cools too much, it will be very difficult to separate from the aluminum foil and will crack again when they try to bend it. It is important to pay very close attention to the candy as it cools.

You can also use tongs to remove the candy canes from the aluminum foil and bend the candy canes while they are still hot. See what shapes you can create! There are more pictures of ours below!

Step 9:- If you cook your candy canes for about 10 minutes, the entire candy will melt. This is very fun to experiment with different aluminum foil molds and see what kinds of "new" candies you can make!

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