Summer is fast approaching and if you are looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids this summer, here’s a little kitchen science experiment: The Effect of Temperature and Torsion on a Saccharide… in layman’s terms Salt Water Taffy.
The first time I made this recipe was in high school chemistry class the day before winter break. Through the grace of Facebook, I tracked down my Mr. Ulrich and asked if he still had a copy of it. He was more than happy to send it to me.
If you want the actual chemistry experiment, using terms like “reagent” and “moles”, you can print this one. Otherwise, the cooking term translation is below.
A few tips,
- be careful doubling or tripling this. It is better to make a few smaller batches unless you have plenty of hands to help with the pulling.
- use lots of margarine on the pan and your hands.
- have a good candy thermometer like this one or this one.
- have fun and don’t worry about the results too much.
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Until next time, happy eating.