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Edible Science Projects

Have your science and eat it too! Here are science projects that either involve cooking or food chemistry or else use edible ingredients. Are you ready to play with your food?

Instant Slushy How-To
Cool off and amaze your friends by making any soft drink or soda turn into a slushy on command. Here's how to do this fun and refreshing supercooled science project.

Exploding Mentos Drink
Rumor has it you can freeze a Mentos candy into an ice cube and place it in a carbonated drink. When the ice cube melts, the wax surrounding the candy will be exposed and the drink should fizz violently. Does it work? Let's find out.

Edible Slime Recipes
Nearly all of the slime recipes are non-toxic, but that doesn't mean the ingredients or slime are good enough to eat. This is a collection of edible slime recipes. Some edible slime tastes good; some edible slime tastes terrible. All of these recipes are safe to eat as food.

Maple Syrup Crystals
Making maple syrup crystals is a fun project for children. It's great for adults, too, since the maple syrup crystals may be used in place of sugar as a pretty addition to drinks or other treats. Here's how to make the crystals.

Alum Crystals
Do you want to grow a big single crystal instead of a mass of crystals? Then try out these instructions for growing a big alum crystal. You can apply the techniques used here to grow big single crystals of other substances, too.

Baking Soda & Vinegar Chemical Volcano
Making a baking soda and vinegar volcano is safe and easy, plus it only requires a few inexpensive kitchen ingredients. Here are detailed instructions for making a volcano, plus a look at the chemical reactions involved.

Baking Soda & Vinegar Foam Fight
This is a twist on the classic baking soda volcano, where you use the ingredients to make squirt-able fountains of foam.

Caffeine & Typing Speed
The purpose of this science fair project is to determine whether caffeine affects typing speed.

Carbonated Fizzy Fruit
Use dry ice to carbonate fruit. The fruit will be filled with tingly carbon dioxide bubbles, like a soda. The fizzy fruit is great to eat on its own or it can be used in recipes.

Chocolate Slime
Chocolate slime is the ultimate flavored edible slime! This slime recipe is easy to make, fun to play with, and tastes good.

Christmas Chemistry - Make Peppermint Cream Wafers
Chemistry and cooking share a lot in common! You can have some Christmas chemistry fun in the lab making these peppermint cream wafer candies.

Chromatography with Candy and Coffee Filters
Analyze the dyes used in your favorite candies with paper chromatography using a coffee filter, colored candies, and a salt solution.

Dry Ice Ice Cream Recipe
Are you in a hurry for your ice cream? Try this quick and easy dry ice ice cream recipe. The ice cream comes out carbonated, so it's very interesting.

Edible Fake Barf
Making a simulant is a form of chemistry, right? Here are instructions for making your own edible fake barf. Ick!

Edible Slime
Most slime recipes are non-toxic, but there are only a few you can actually eat and none that taste as good as this one! Here's how to make edible slime.

Effect of Acids and Bases on the Browning of Apples
Perform an experiment to observe the effects of acids, bases, and water on the rate of browning of cut apples or other produce.

Egg in a Bottle Demonstration
You don't see air and might not think much of it is contained in a bottle, but air and the pressure it exerts can be very powerful. The egg in a bottle demonstration illustrates the concept of air pressure.

Electroactive Slime
This recipe makes cool, non-toxic slime that appears to have a life of its own!

Fake Blue or Green Blood
This is a recipe for an edible fake blood which you can color blue or green for insects, spiders, and other arthropods, or perhaps for aliens.

Fake Glass Recipe
These instructions will result in either clear or amber glass, depending on the cooking time used.

Fizzy Potion Recipe
Make a non-toxic fizzy Mad Scientist potion using ingredients from your kitchen. The potion looks evil, but it is safe enough to drink.

Fried Green Egg
Red cabbage juice contains a natural pH indicator that changes color from purple to green under basic (alkaline) conditions. You can use this reaction to make a fried green egg.

Fruit Battery
If you have fruit, a couple of nails, and wire then you can generate electricity to turn on a light bulb. Learn how to make a fruit battery. It's fun, safe, and easy.

Fruit Ripening and Ethylene Experiment
Measure the ripening of fruit from exposure to the plant hormone ethylene by testing starch levels with an iodine solution. This easy experiment can be performed on several types of fruit, such as apples, pears, and bananas.

Fruity Putty
These are step-by-step instructions on how to make fruity putty.

Gelatin Plastic Recipe
Colorful gelatin shapes can be used to make jewelry, mobiles, decorations, and more!

Glow in the Dark Ice
Learn how to make ice cubes that will glow in the dark when exposed to a black light. The glowing ice is easy to make and safe to use in drinks.

Glow in the Dark Mentos & Tonic Water Fountain
It's easy to make a mentos and soda eruption glow. All you need to do is use tonic water or diet tonic water instead of the usual diet soda and shine a black light on the fountain.

Glowing Jell-O Recipe
It's incredibly easy to make Jell-O or other gelatin glow under a black light. Here's what you do.

Honeycomb Candy Recipe
Honeycomb candy is an easy-to-make candy that has an interesting texture caused by carbon dioxide bubbles getting trapped within the candy.

Ice Cream in a Baggie
Make a tasty treat and learn about freezing point depression, too! All you need are some basic ingredients and two ziploc baggies. It's easy, fun, and educational.

Invisible Ink - Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is acidic and weakens paper. When paper is heated, the remaining acid turns the writing brown before discoloring the paper.

Iron from Breakfast Cereal
Cold breakfast cereals are usually fortified with iron. What does the iron look like? Find out here!

Koolaid Playdough
This recipe results in an edible, fruit-scented playdough.

Lickable Stickers
This is a recipe for non-toxic sticker glue.

Magic Colored Milk Science Project
If you add food coloring to milk, not a whole lot happens, but it only takes one simple ingredient to turn the milk into a spinning color wheel. Here is what you do.

Mentos & Soda Project
Here's a look at the before, during, and after of a mentos and diet soda fountain. It's a great science project that is easy and safe to do.

Modeling Clay Recipes
There are several ways you can make homemade clay for modeling, making ornaments, and for other projects and crafts. Here are several clay recipes, including a refrigerator clay, a clay you bake to harden, one you coat for a glossy finish, and one that works up and stays pliable much like store-bought modeling clay.

Non-Toxic Gravy Fingerpaints
These finger paints are just right for aspiring artists! Use soap and water for clean-up. Be aware that the food coloring could stain fabrics and furniture.

Rainbow in a Glass Density Demonstration
Make a rainbow in a glass using colored sugar solutions with different densities. This project is very easy and safe enough to drink.

Red Cabbage pH Paper
Learn how to make your own pH indicator test strips using red cabbage. This is a fun, safe, and easy chemistry project that you can do at home.

Rock Candy Instructions
Rock candy is candy made by crystallizing sugar. You can grow sugar crystals yourself, plus add color and flavor to make rock candy that you can eat.

Singing Cake
This is the recipe for a singing cake. The cake sings while baking and then it is ready to eat!

Snow Ice Cream Recipes
Here is a collection of several quick and easy recipes for ice cream you can make using snow.

Supercooling Water
You can cool water below its stated freezing point and then crystallize it into ice on command. This is known as supercooling. These are step-by-step instructions for supercooling water at home.

Table Salt or Sodium Chloride Crystals
It's easy to grow your own table salt or sodium chloride crystals. All it takes is salt and boiling water. One method even yields crystals within a few hours. Here's what you need to know.

Edible Experiments
Find an edible experiment for a science project or just for fun! This is a collection of experiments that are so safe, you could actually eat them.

Chameleon Eggs Cooking Chemistry Project
Make edible gel balls or chameleon eggs that change color in soda or lemonade. These chameleon eggs make a great acid-base, pH indicator and polymer chemistry project.

Edible Candle Trick
For this science magic trick, you light a candle, blow out the flame and then eat the candle. It's safe, fun and even nutritious!

Rock Candy Video Tutorial
You don't have to visit a candy store to get colorful rock candy. See how easy it is to grow your own sparkling (and tasty) rock candy crystals at home.

Rubber Chicken Bones - Rubber Chick Bones Calcium Project
Rubber Chicken Bones - Rubber Chick Bones Calcium Project

How To Make Powdered Olive Oil - Molecular Gastronomy
Molecular gastronomy applies science to put a modern spin on traditional foods. Use this simple recipe to make powdered olive (or other) oil. It's melts in your mouth, not on your plate.

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