Steady Eddie and I were working on cleaning up the kitchen after supper Monday night, and I began wondering aloud what to do with some leftover Valentine’s Day candy. We still had almost three whole gigantic Hershey’s kisses to eat, plus a few other odds and ends. Steady Eddie suggested chopping the kisses up into pieces, but when I opened up the last kiss, he had a brainstorm: what will happen if we melt this down and then pour some of it into glasses of milk? My response was that the chocolate will harden when it comes into contact with the cold milk, so the result will be milk with chocolate pieces in it, not chocolate milk. Instead of thinking mess or waste, like I would, Steady Eddie thought science lesson.
He microwaved the giant kiss until it was completely melted, poured small glasses of milk all around, called the children to the kitchen, and proceeded to discuss the formation of igneous rocks with them.
To make the cooling effect even more noticeable, Steady Eddie made an ice bath for a glass of ice water. This part of the experiment was carried off with the proper terminology, since the kids had mostly gotten over the thrill of a science lesson involving melted chocolate.
Of course, they might’ve been pretty excited that we were doing something hands-on related to science at all, since due to Steady Eddie’s extremely busy work schedule and my end-of-pregnancy lethargy, science has been limited to memorizing CC science sentences and reading books here and there.
Or it could’ve just been the chocolate. 🙂