Thursday, October 6, 2011

Paleo Halloween - What to do with all that candy!

Marilyn is quite the paleo advocate these days. She'll be the first to tell you that she does not eat grains, doesn't like cow's milk, and thinks sugar (cane sugar) is icky. So when I asked her what she wanted to do with her trick-or-treat candy, she didn't totally surprise me with her reply. 

"Ummm....throw it away?"

My child refuses to eat candy. And can you blame her? The last time she ate candy, she had a tummy ache, and was very upset at me for "making her eat it". But she still wants to go trick-or-treating. And I want her to as well. Dressing up and getting out there with the kids and collecting candy is fun and exciting! But I can't just throw the candy away. There has to be something we can do with it!

Since I homeschool her, I've decided to turn her candy into a science lesson. That's right, we are going to perform some fun science experiments with it! And since all of that candy is pretty much a mass of shoddy chemicals and's quite appropriate. 

Depending on what she scores in her goody bag, we're going to bloom chocolate, create a density rainbow, and do some sink/float testing. has a ton of experiments you can try out with the kids. Loralee, the mom who created the site, has tips for parties and provides printable instructions for many of the candy tests. There are lots of pictures and videos that you can use as reference. Best of all, it's fun. Your kids won't miss eating the candy as they watch it transform, bubble and fizz, sink or float. 

Are you taking the kids trick-or-treating this year? What will you do with the candy?

1 comment:

  1. One of the best things that ever happened to us was when my daughter ate too much Halloween candy and learned how sick it made her feel. She has never tried to overindulge again. My kids love candy experiments, and they are always coming up with their own ideas (not just mine). Hope your daughter enjoys them--let me know how it goes!


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