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Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

science snack

Explore chemical and physical changes and the Maillard Reaction through brown butter rice krispie treats.

total time:

45 minutes

active time:

30 minutes



major equipment:

Stove top or hot plate

materials include:

  • material list with shopping links

  • printable directions and worksheets

  • troubleshooting tips

  • suggestions for tinkering & extension

for educators

essential question(s):

What physical and chemical changes occur when butter is heated?


- Distinguish between physical and chemical changes
- Identify evidences of physical and chemical changes
- Briefly explain the Maillard Reaction and show how the Law of Conservation of Matter applies to it

science concepts:

chemical and physical properties, chemical reactions

grade levels:




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