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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
30-45 minutes
Key Concepts
Solution, concentrated
Small disks of maple candy laid out and stacked

Introduction

Have you ever cooked up homemade candy, maybe from chocolate or table sugar? Maple syrup is not only deliciously gooey and great on breakfast foods like pancakes and waffles—you can also turn it into maple candies with an amazing range of textures! It can be made into sticky maple taffy, or hard, molded maple sugar candy. In this science activity, you will investigate how the temperature of heated maple syrup affects what types of candies can be made from it.

Credits

Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies
Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Baking pan or hard candy molds
  • Cooking oil if using candy molds. If you are using a baking pan, you can use wax paper instead of cooking oil.
  • Half cup of pure maple syrup (make sure it is not artificial maple syrup!)
  • Stove (use adult assistance when using the stove and handling hot objects)
  • Saucepan
  • Large spoon for stirring
  • Candy thermometer or digital thermometer that can withstand temperatures of at least 310° Fahrenheit or 154° Celsius
  • A metal measuring teaspoon
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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
30-45 minutes
Key Concepts
Solution, concentrated
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