Have you ever cooked up homemade candy? Maybe from chocolate—or table sugar? Maple syrup is not only deliciously gooey and great on breakfast foods such as pancakes and waffles, it can also amazingly turn into maple candies with a range of textures. For example, it can be made into sticky maple taffy or hard, molded maple sugar candy. Early spring is the time of year when maple producers in North America start to tap their trees and collect the sap to turn it into maple syrup, so it’s a perfect time to explore this tasty, fascinating food. In this science activity, you will investigate how the temperature of heated-up maple syrup affects what types of candies can be made from it.
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