Thursday, November 19, 2020

Hot Chocolate Surprise: A Simple Science Experiment

Teachers are always on the lookout for fast and easy science experiments to complement what their students are learning from their textbooks.  Sometimes science textbooks are dry and not very interesting... even when they are introducing interesting subject matter!  Science experiments are a fun, hands-on way to bring energy and excitement to those pesky pages.  If you are looking for a science experiment that is easy to prepare and conduct, educational, and with a high-interest level, give Hot Chocolate Surprise a try.  Hot Chocolate Surprise appeals to students of all ages and meets a number of objectives.  Read on for a list of materials needed, directions, a free printable, and a (yummy) extension activity.

Learn about chemical changes with this simple science experiment. Mix hot chocolate, baking soda, and vinegar to make a messy HOT CHOCOLATE SURPRISE!

Hot Chocolate Surprise Science Experiment

Hot Chocolate Surprise is a science experiment that can be used to meet a variety of science objectives in your curriculum... chemical reactions, properties of matter, scientific process, making observations, and recording results.  This is a very simple science experiment, which makes it ideal for young learners.  It requires a minimal amount of inexpensive materials, but gives you a maximum wow factor!

Materials

  • one package of hot chocolate
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • vinegar
  • coffee mug
  • observation sheet (optional)
Learn about chemical changes with this simple science experiment. Mix hot chocolate, baking soda, and vinegar to make a messy HOT CHOCOLATE SURPRISE!

Directions

1. Open the hot chocolate packet and empty the contents into the coffee mug.  

Learn about chemical changes with this simple science experiment. Mix hot chocolate, baking soda, and vinegar to make a messy HOT CHOCOLATE SURPRISE!

2. Slowly pour some vinegar into the coffee mug.

Learn about chemical changes with this simple science experiment. Mix hot chocolate, baking soda, and vinegar to make a messy HOT CHOCOLATE SURPRISE!

3.  Observe.  What do you see happening?

Learn about chemical changes with this simple science experiment. Mix hot chocolate, baking soda, and vinegar to make a messy HOT CHOCOLATE SURPRISE!

4. Record your observations.  If you'd like, you may use my observation sheet below.

Learn about chemical changes with this simple science experiment. Mix hot chocolate, baking soda, and vinegar to make a messy HOT CHOCOLATE SURPRISE!

To download a FREE copy of this science experiment (one page in all), please click on the image above. Clicking this image will take you to the Teachers-Pay-Teachers third party website. This is a FREE download-- no purchase necessary.

Hot Chocolate Surprise Tasty Treat

At about the same time as I was writing this blog post, I found some hot cocoa bombs for $2.00 each at my local Walmart (not a sponsor) and grabbed a couple of them out of curiosity.  Long story short... they are delicious and would make for a fun tasty treat after conducting the Hot Chocolate Surprise science experiment!

Learn about chemical changes with this simple science experiment. Mix hot chocolate, baking soda, and vinegar to make a messy HOT CHOCOLATE SURPRISE!

A hot chocolate bomb is a hollow chocolate ball that has hot cocoa powder and mini marshmallows inside it.  Simply place a hot cocoa bomb in a clean coffee mug and cover it with hot water or milk.  The heat of the liquid will melt the chocolate ball, causing the powder and marshmallows to come to the top.  Not only is this a delicious treat, it also meets a couple of science objectives... states of matter... heat + solid = liquid!  Give it a try... you know you want to!

Hot Chocolate Bomb by AllBri Baker

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