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Caramel Apples: Chemical Changes

Explore chemical changes and decomposition reactions by caramelizing sugar and making caramel.






2-6 class periods

active lab time:




- Explain how sugar changes during caramelization from a macro- and micro-level
- Identify chemical and physical changes in making caramel and explain why they occur
- Explore how candymakers can change and measure caramel texture

science concepts:

chemical changes, chemical reactions, physical changes

essential questions:

- How do sugar and dairy transform in the process of making caramel?
- What chemical and physical changes occur when making caramel?
- What impacts the texture of caramel and how do candy scientists study texture?

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