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Science Fun: Edible Dishes

Now this is a cool activity!

Supples for this project:

2 cookie sheets
1 T. vegetable oil
2 glass or ceramic plates, about 8" in diameter
1 Qt. glass, ceramic, or metal mixing bowl
medium saucepan
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup hot water
1/4 t. cream of tartar
wooden spoon
candy thermometer
food coloring (color of your choice)
flavoring extract (flavor of your choice)
knife

Directions for this project:

1. Brush the cookie sheets with the oil and set aside.

2. Arrange the two plates right side up and the bowl upside down cose by to use as molds.

3. Combine the sugar, water, and cream of tartar in the saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon over high heat until sugar is dissolved.

4. Cook mixture without stirring until it reaches 310 degrees F on the candy thermometer, which should take about 10 minutes.

5. Remove from ehat and stir in food coloring and flavoring.

6. Pour the mixture onto the surface of the oiled cookie sheets to make three pancake-like circles about 6" in diameter.

7. Don't try to scrape the pan with the wooden spoon -- just set the saucepan aside for now and clean it later.

8. Let the circles set for one minute, then take the knife and score the surface of the soft, hot candy into a criss-cross pattern.

9. The candy is hardening quickly now, so you'll have to work fast. Life off two of the soft circles and place them on the plates, pressing the candy onto the plates with your hands to mold it into the shape of the plate.

10. Lift off the third circle and drape it over the bowl, pressing it over the bowl to form the shape.

11. Allow the candy dishes to harden and cool for about 20 minutes.

You can use the dishes to serve any kind of dessert you wish, preferrably something cool but fairly dry. Hot or too damp, may make your dishes soft before you are ready to eat them.

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