Our kid testing lab is well loved for many things -- the abundance of hands-on materials, the continuous experimentation & tinkering, and of course, the delicious fruit gummy snacks for those hard at work! We decided to combine a lesson on polymers with our favorite snack and got cooking. Did you know that fruit gummies get their chewy texture from polymers? Follow along to create your own homemade gummies!
Add the gelatin mixture to the pot and mix it until the gelatin has fully dissolved.
When the mixture is ready, run a knife along the edge of the dish to loosen it. Flip the dish over to release your gummies. Cut them to whatever shape or size you like, and enjoy! Our kid testers loved this homemade version just as much as the store-bought.
What's going on?
You can picture the molecules that make up gelatin as long, twisty chains. When you heated up the gelatin and water mixture, the heat caused those chains to break apart into smaller pieces.