The Twelve Days of Science! Day 7: Candy Cane Sculptures!

On the seventh day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me…Melted Candy Sculptures!

Candy canes are a pretty big part of the holidays around here, as we love to decorate our tree with them, pass them out to neighbors who have really cool Christmas displays, and of course, eat them! We wanted to see if we could do anything cool with them, and came across a really interesting idea. Apparently, you can melt them slightly, and bend them into whatever shape you like! We just had to try this out for ourselves, and it totally works!

Here’s what you’ll need for this project!

Materials Needed:

Candy Canes
Oven
Baking dish
Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
Foil (to protect your fingers!)

Instructions:


1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees (F).

2. Lay out 4-5 candy canes on your baking pan. Make sure your pan is lined with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat!

3. Bake for 5-6 minutes, until candy canes are pliable.

4. Take a spatula and move the candy canes to a plate. Use aluminum foil, tongs, or tweezers to protect your fingers as you play with and shape your candy canes. You can now move them to create any shape you like! Break them apart and stick them on to each other, or use them to make your name!

NOTE: These candy canes will be very hot, watch out for little fingers! They are really fun to play with and will cool fairly quickly. Once they cool, they’ll set in place! If you’re not quite finished molding them yet, put them back into the oven for 1-2 minutes to soften them back up.

Experiment!

Disappearing candy canes! Image and project credit: Laughing Kids Learn

If you’d like to try some candy cane science, there are some pretty cool experiments floating around the internet! Here is one of my favorites, from the creative mom at Laughing Kids Learn. Make sure you have some clear plastic cups, some warm water, and some small candy canes!

Happy Holidays!

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