Who loves Christmas candy? We do! These easy Christmas candy experiments are a great way to learn while enjoying Christmas treats!
First up is a Christmas twist on the traditional skittles experiment. All you need to do is arrange your skittles on a plate or tray ( we chose Christmas colours ) and slowly pour warm or cold water over the top. The colour from the skittles dissolves into the water.
Be careful not to nudge the container as the colours will merge, and you won’t get the separated colours effect.
Christmas Skittles Experiment
Little Bins for Little Hands tried a peppermint in water, which also worked well.
Marshmallow Snowman – Christmas Candy Experiment
This marshmallow snowman activity is great fun. Children can test different types of sticky substances to see which is the strongest. You could also try this with meringue pieces.
All about the Candy Canes
Investigate how strong a candy cane is with our easy investigation. Strengthen the candy cane with different materials and add ornaments until it breaks.
Another idea is to dissolve a candy cane using different liquids; we tried hot water, cold water and vinegar. You could also do this using hot chocolate. A minty candy cane makes a delicious stirring spoon, but will it melt?
Sugar Crystal Lollypops
These sugar crystal lollypops are tricky but fun to try, even if they don’t work the first time. It is a VERY sticky process though, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!
We LOVE these minty chocolate leaves; they are super easy to make. These are great for learning about changes of state and smell/taste too!
For a stronger minty taste, try our peppermint candies. These are delicious and taste very festive!
Warm up with a Christmas Drink
Not quite candy, but hot chocolate with marshmallows is a great way to warm up on a cold day, and you can add a little science to the treat by investigating whether marshmallows melt fastest in a warm or hot drink. Is there a perfect marshmallow level of meltiness?
This activity is also part of my 24 days of elf science ideas series.
This gingerbread house investigation is similar to the snowman but with gingerbread. If you don’t want to go all out and make a large house, a mini version with small biscuits works just as well.
I made ours like a tent with just two square pieces of gingerbread and experimented with different strengths of icing sugar to see which held the house together the best.
More Christmas Science
We’ve got lots of fun and easy Christmas science experiments to keep you busy this year. My current favourite is our collection of Santa STEM challenges.
If you fancy trying something different each day, we have a science advent calendar too!
If you’re on the lookout for Christmas gifts, I have lots of recommendations and ideas for homemade STEM or Science kits!
Do let us know if you try any of our Christmas candy experiments!
Last Updated on November 29, 2023 by Emma Vanstone