Dissolving Candy Canes

We actually did this experiment before Christmas, but it’d also be a fun way to use up your extra candy canes after Christmas.

What you need:

3 containers of the same size


Cold Water

Hot Water


Set up your containers, being careful with the hot water.

Add a Candy Cane to each container the same way up.

Observe at 5 minute intervals ( can you design a table to record your observations? )


The photo below shows our final results after 20 minutes.

Vinegar is on the left, cold water in the middle and hot water on the right.

Candy Cane Science


You can see that the vinegar completely dissolved the submerged Candy Cane, the cold water just dissolved the outer layer and the hot water dissolved past the outer layer and the submerged section broke off.

The thing we found most interesting was that the cold water went red and the other two grey?

Anyone got any ideas as to why that would be?

Inspiration Laboratories also has a great Candy Cane Activity using different temperatures of water.

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  1. Craig

    Your candy canes have green on them. The cold jar candy cane looks like thick red with thin green stripes while the others more even. The mixing of more green than red may be the cause of the grey water.

    Also, the cold may not dissolve the green as quickly. I cannot tell if there is still green on the candy cane still in the cold water. If this were the case, then the cold would have more red.

    Just my hypothesis. 😀

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