When it comes to candy, you usually don’t have to ask kids to come and eat it twice, but did you ever stop to think about why we think certain candies taste like natural foods, despite having completely artificial flavoring? In this fun and tasty science experiment, kids will learn just how much they rely on their sense of sight to determine the flavor of candies. When blindfolded, will they be able to identify the flavor of their favorite lollipops? This is a super fun experiment to try after Halloween or Christmas, right after kids are overloaded with candy. Don’t let them eat the entire piece of candy. Once tasted, throw the candy out.
Blindfold Candy Taste Test Experiment
Use candy to test how much your kids rely on their sense of sight when eating.
- Multi-flavored lollipops (we used dum dums because they come in so many flavors)
- Blindfold (we used two socks tied together)
Ahead of time, mark down the official flavors of each candy and number them.
On another sheet of paper, have the kids record what flavor they think the candy is after tasting while blindfolded.
We used eight flavors in our test, some common and some a little weird.
The strangest thing was, my kids were able to guess most of the weird flavors, but it was the common flavors that stumped them!
My kids thought it was hilarious how wrong most of their guesses were.
Blindfold Candy Taste Test Experiment Explained
Artificial flavoring doesn’t taste much like the real thing. Without a color to guide the flavor guess, my kids often just guessed “sugar” as the flavor rather than an official flavor. Many candies taste very similar to one another, as my kids found out. What other things can you try tasting blindfolded to see if they taste different without sight recognition?