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Jan 4, 2016 - sprinkles and coloured sugar cookies

Over the holidays, I picked up some sprinkles and coloured sugar to decorate the baked cookies my daughter and I made. There was a bit left over and my big kid asked, “What should I do with it?”

My response, “I don’t know, whatever you want.”

Her response, “Can I put water in the bags?”

I agreed and away she went but what happened next was quite the little instantaneous science experiment. Next thing you know, I hear her yell, “EWWWWWWWWWWWW” because this is what she saw when she filled the bag of sprinkles with water. pic - sprinkles

Gross, right? All those pretty colours turned in to a murky pool of swamp gunk with little white balls that remind me of frog eggs. I have to admit, it looked pretty disgusting.

Dumping the mess into the sink, my big kid then proceeded to fill the bag with coloured sugar with water. This time, I heard an “Huh.” This is what she saw. pic - coloured sugar crystals

The difference was obvious and my big kid’s reaction to the difference was great to watch. Grossed out by the first bag of swampy mess, this time, she spent a significantly longer time investing the pink coloured water, noticing the sugar crystals at the bottom of the bag, the varying shades of pink, and of course, the extreme difference in colour between the two.

Her conclusion: in the future, she’d decorate her cookies with coloured sugar instead of the sprinkles. pic - coloured sugar crystals

Even before this experiment, we both knew sprinkles were made with a bunch of gunk and food colouring but there’s no denying the appeal of those fun coloured little balls especially when they adorn baked treats. So, while we don’t use them often, we’ll occasionally use sprinkles in our baking. Coloured sugar crystals will also occasionally show up on our baked goods as well.

Who knew some leftover sprinkles and coloured sugar would offer an opportunity to do a little science, to make observations, to analyze, and even make a few conclusions? After this experiment, I’m 99% sure she’ll only ask for the coloured sugar crystals. There is something incredibly unsettling about that bag of murky goo. I don’t even want to think about what it looks like on the way down to digestive tract!

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