She may work hard to fix the family veggies, but it’s a rare mom who doesn’t appreciate a special chocolate treat on Mother’s Day—especially if her child helped make it!
Here is a recipe for a classic, kid-friendly (and adult-friendly!) favorite: rich, chocolate fudge. Even the littlest ones can help measure the ingredients, but for children from fourth grade on, there is also some excellent science to learn. For starters, fudge is one delicious way to demonstrate changes in matter, as sugar changes from individual white crystals into a solid block of chocolaty goodness. And to accomplish this change in just the right way, young scientists must also practice lab skills such as measuring temperature and evaluating the stages of their mixture.
So this year, do consider passing up those storebought Mother’s Day candy boxes, and hit the kitchen with your child. There’s nothing like bonding with your child over a good science project—especially when it turns out to be something as scrumptious as fudge!
What You Need:
- 2 cups sugar
- ¾ cup evaporated milk
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 2 squares (1 oz each) unsweetened chocolate
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Candy thermometer (available at most cooking supply stores and sometimes in the kitchen section of stores like Target or Wal-Mart)
- Medium-sized, heavy-bottomed saucepan