3 Kitchen Science Experiments That Are Basically Magic

Science is for cool kids.

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2. You’ve been professionally playing with your food for years, and you’ve come up some pretty remarkable inventions.

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Like the fact that mixing ketchup and mayo makes the perfect sauce for fries. Here are three food experiments that are sure to blow your mind.

3. 1. The Food Dye DIY

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You won’t need sugar, spice, or anything nice, but you will need food coloring, milk, and an eye dropper ($5.18).

4. Drop three different food dye colors using eye droppers ($5.18) into a bowl of milk. Pour a drop of dish soap in the center.

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5. The surface tensions between milk and soap detergent repelling each other create this swirly illusion.


Learn more about how surface tension creates this ~wild~ effect at Cool Science.

6. 2. The Banana Henna

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Professor Utonium has nothing on your art skills. Decorate a banana with nothing but a toothpick.

7. Use a toothpick to etch designs or messages onto the skin of a banana.

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No need to dig deep! This experiment is as easy as [banana] pie. Save paper and leave messages for the kiddies on their bananas.

8. A banana contains an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase that cause it to turn brown when exposed to warmer conditions.


Learn more about why bananas turn brown at Leaf.

9. 3. The Soda Slushie

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Sure, it doesn’t create “the perfect little girl,” but it does make a yummy treat during the summer. All you need for this project is a bottle of soda.

10. After freezing a bottle of soda for three and a half hours, twist the cap to release some pressure, then flip upside down immediately into a frozen glass (that’s, yes, made specifically out of glass).

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When you pour it into a frozen glass, the soda will immediately take on an icey, slushy consistency.

11. The soda remains a liquid because of a process called supercooling, or when a liquid being cooled below its freezing point without turning into a solid. Opening the bottle creates carbon dioxide bubbles, allowing the soda to freeze.

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Science is supercool, ain’t it?!

You had to see that dad joke coming. Learn more about supercooling at Science Alert.

12. Watch the full tutorial here.

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