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Make STEAM Sweet With 3 Candy Creations

Your family can celebrate National Candy Month this June by coming up with your own delicious creations – plus, gain valuable STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) skills from the comfort of your kitchen. Grab your aprons, throw on your thinking caps and try the three tasty activities below for homemade treats. Who knew learning could be so sweet?


Learn Chemistry With Caramel

Eaten on its own, as a topping for apples or even in your favorite drink, caramel is a versatile option for adding a little sweetness to any season. Depending on how you want to use the caramel, there are several simple ways you can make it yourself with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.

Check out our blog detailing two of these strategies – caramelization and the Maillard reaction. Then, try out these processes on your own and use your homemade caramel sauce to make the ultimate summer snack.


Practice Flavor Layering

Do you enjoy mixing salty and sweet snacks, or crave one after having the other? Science can explain why many people find these flavors better together! Salt is considered a flavor enhancer, so combining salty and sweet flavors can make for a tastier bite.

Follow the instructions for this STEM activity to learn all about flavor layering and meet a few Hall of Famers whose innovations you may use along the way. You could even end up discovering your new favorite treat.


Get Creative With Chocolate Art

Inventors often benefit from making unique connections that require them to think outside the box and experiment with new things. Try experimenting with your own uncommon combination by joining art and candy chemistry.

Following the instructions in this STEM activity, you’ll make your own edible masterpiece with melted chocolate. You’ll also learn how a variety of backgrounds and perspectives can lead to incredible teams and valuable ideas.


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