Five rad and random candy-making kits I found this week

The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 26.

My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful or fun or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, how to build the ultimate backyard movie theater, 19 items to elevate your binge watching, or 10 privacy gadgets to help you keep a secret. But I often stumble across some pretty awesome gear that doesn’t really fit into a list. So I made a list for those.

Below, some tasty DIY candy kits for Halloween.

Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit Amazon

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If your kid—or you—can’t go the day without overloading on sugary treats, you might as well teach them a thing or two. This kit has 10 experiments that show kids the science behind rising cupcakes, fizzy soda, and crystalized rock candy. $15.

Deluxe Chocolate Making Kit Amazon

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In this box lies all the ingredients needed to make two pounds of homemade organic chocolate. Choose between recipes for truffles, peanut butter cups, and chocolate peppermint patties. $30.

Thames & Kosmos Candy Chemistry kit Amazon

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With supplies for making gummies, hard candies, and chocolate, this is truly a kit for the whole family. Demonstrate the importance of precision while measuring ingredients and cooking temperatures, or just show your kids how cool sugar is when it melts and crystalizes. $25.

Scientific Explorer Ultimate Bubble Gum Fun Kit Amazon

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Remember when gum was considered a candy and not just a chewy breath mint to pop before a date? They often came with comics and bursting with sugary flavors. This Halloween, relive the good old days of chewing gum on a fence post by making 15 flavors of gum. Foil wrapper packaging included. $35.

Scientific Explorer Ice Cream Science Kit Amazon

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Ice cream might not be a Halloween staple, but it’s delicious. With this box you can make your own ice cream at home in a T-shirt or pillow case. Through mini experiments, learn about your tastebuds, the effect salt has on water and ice, and how to make smoother, fluffier ice cream. The kit comes with everything you need, minus milk and the t-shirt or pillowcase. Mix flavors and colors. Go wild. $18.

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Billy Cadden
Billy Cadden

Billy Cadden is the Director of Commerce for the Camden Media tech group. He was part of NYC indie rock band The Postelles, and currently releases solo music under his name. His latest work is available on all streaming platforms. Contact the author here.