There must be 1000’s of different types of candy sold around the world but few offer both flavour and fizz!
In this science experiment, you get to create your own sugary powder that is tingly on the tongue!!
What you will need:
- Soft icing sugar
- Citric acid for baking
- Jelly crystals
1. Add 3 teaspoons of soft icing sugar to a medium sized bowl.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of citric acid.
3. Add 2 teaspoons of raw jelly crystals.
4. Mix everything together using a spoon.
5. Taste it!
6. Take a picture of each other’s face after trying the homemade sherbet (and send us the pic! =D )
The science of fizzy sherbet/ popping candy
Are you wondering which is the chemical reaction that makes it so fizzy when you put it in your mouth?
You have just created an acid-base reaction in your mouth: Typically when the citric acid and bicarbonate mix together with the saliva in the mouth it releases a gas, which causes a fizzy chemical reaction. What you are feeling in your tongue is the sensation of carbon dioxide bubbles!
The icing sugar sweetens the mixture. These are the same bubbles that are in fizzy drinks!
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