Here at Science Sparks we love hands-on science experiments and if you can eat them afterwards so there’s no wastage then even better! I’ve pulled together my top 10 awesome edible experiments for you to try below. I would love to see your creations and ideas too!

Awesome Edible Experiments

Build and test a candy house

This mini science project is a favourite of kids everywhere. One idea is to start the activity in the supermarket to look for the best shape and size sweets and biscuits to use for the house. You’ll also need to find a sticky substance to hold the candy house together.

Image of mini houses made from sweets for an edible  STEM Challenge
Edible Candy House STEM Project

A gingerbread house is a fun variation of this too!

Edible Butterfly Life Cycle

An edible butterfly life cycle is a great way to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. If you don’t want to make a sweet version, dried pasta also works nicely.

The post includes a free printable so you can just add the decorative parts.

Butterfly Life Cycle Printable

Edible DNA Model

DNA has a really interesting structure which can be hard to visualise. This edible DNA model makes that easy!

DNA Models - science for kids - candy DNA model
Edible DNA Model

Upside Down Toast

Next time you have toast for breakfast turn it into an investigation to find out why toast lands butter side down?

Why does toast land butter side up?

Orange Peel Plate Tectonics

Learn about the Earth’s tectonic plates with an orange!! An edible earthquake investigation is a great follow on activity too!

collage of an orange and earthquake images for a science experiment
Tower made from gummy sweets and toothpicks in a flapjack foundation ready for an earthquake investigation

Edible Cell Models

Cell structure can be a tricky thing to learn about, but not with these jelly cell models! If you don’t want to use jelly, sweets on a plate work just as well! Don’t forget the cell membrane!

Candy model of a cell
Animal Cell Model
Jelly plant cell model - made with jelly and sweets
Plant Cell model

Bake Ice Cream without it Melting

Do you know how to bake ice cream in an oven without it melting? The secret is to cover it with meringue which is a brilliant insulator and protects the ice cream from the heat of the oven for a short period of time.

Beautiful Baked Alaska for a kitchen science experiment. find out how meringue works as an insulator
Baked Alaska

Ice Cream in a Bag

Making ice cream in a bag is one of those childhood classic experiments that everyone should try at least once. It’s a great summer camp activity or school science experiment.

How to make your own ice cream
Ice Cream in a Bag

Homemade Slushy Drinks

Make your own slushy drinks on a hot day to learn about melting and changes of state.

As an extension activity children could create something to stop the slushy drink melting. Perhaps a cup holder made from an insulating material?

More edible experiments

These kitchen science experiments aren’t all edible, but brilliant fun all the same!

Lemon Lime Adventures has a brilliant activity for learning about rock layers.

A science bake off would be a great family competition or school science challenge!

If you need even more inspiration I’d love you to check out my book, Snackable Science which contains 60 edible experiments and tests!

Collage of easy edible experiments for kids. Toothpick candy towers, candy houses, jelly cell models and a homemade fruity slushy drink.

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