Saturday, June 18, 2011
Fizzy, Foaming Sugar Sticks For the 4th of July - Like Fireworks for Your Mouth
Did you ever eat powdered Kool-Aid when you were a child? You're among friends here, it's okay to admit it.
Have you ever made a vinegar, and baking soda volcano with your children?
You know vinegar's not the only acid, that will create a fizzy, foaming reaction with baking soda.
The real trick is getting the right mixture, so you have enough baking soda, and citric acid to react nicely together, when water (or saliva) is added...
...but not so much baking soda that it takes away from the Kool-Aid, and sugar flavor.
We found starting out with a mixture of one cup of sugar, and two packets of unsweetened, cherry, Kool-Aid, then mixing 1 tablespoon of that, with 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda, came out about right.
We liked it so much, we packed ours into straws, for a patriotic, pixy stick style treat, for the 4th.
We (mainly I, at this point, as this part is not really child-friendly), melted the bottom end of plastic straws, in the flame of a candle...
...crimped the hot plastic shut, with needle nose pliers...
...and trimmed them, with scissors, for a neat edge.
We (the children returned for this part, but I wouldn't recommend it just after mopping the kitchen floor) used a paper funnel to fill the straws with the powder, up the the bottom of the bendy part (did I mention they were bendy straws?).
Then, I sealed the top end of the straws...
...which then became the bottom ends, bent over, and taped...
...so if the seal breaks open, the powder won't spill out all over the floor.
We made up 25 straws to share with friends on the 4th, and still had plenty of powder mix left, for the children to sample. They went wild for the stuff, and who can blame them? I mean really, it's sugar, red dye, a baking soda and acid reaction you can eat, with a cherry candy flavor to boot. How's that for a science lesson?
It's great to be a homeschooler.