Sweets, Treats and Fun on All Hallow's Eve
The Chocolate Experiment: 6 Hours Later!

Candy Math & Pumpkin Science

What to do with all your Halloween candy? (Other than eat it, of course!)

  • How about a Venn Diagram made with all those wrappers?
  • If you're not keen to eat all that candy at once, you might try using it up in some Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes ...
  • Estimate which candy was the most popular this year. We are guessing KitKats, but we'll need to confirm with solid data - after lunch! ;)
  • Perform a "Taste Test" and graph your results. Who likes which candy the best? Poll your friends, family and Dad's co-workers!

And what to do with the leftover pumpkin?

Well, you could add it to your compost pile, or you could - if you are brave enough - try Pumpkin Petri Dishes!

Have a fun day!

Update: Crackerjack just came up with an impromptu science experiment!

He wondered if his small Hershey bar would melt outside in the sun, and if so how long it would take.

So we thought for a moment. What phenomenon occurs outside that might aid in the melting? In other words, where should we put the candy bar? A sunny or shady spoty? Why, in the sun, of course!

Next we discussed the concept of direction - that is, which side of the house should we place it on? Would southern or northern exposure provide the most heat? Our guess was southern!

We also gave pause to consider another temperature factor. I asked CJ what else outside would make it hot or cold and he answered, "Air!" We talked about how it is no longer summer and the air at this time of year is cool, if not cold. Will the cool November air play some part in this melting experiment? We'll have to see!

Finally, as we set up the project, we tried to think of what kind of background would conduct the most heat towards the chocolate. The boys thought black paper but we also wondered about tin foil. So we tried both!

And here is our chocolate experiment on our sunny south-facing front steps:


I'm not sure what the mailman will think! ;)