Make your own gum

Overview

Using simple ingredients, make a wad of gum.  The gelatin coagulates with the water to form a ball. No promises that it tastes yummy!

Chemicals

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*Note: These chemicals can be purchased locally at stores such as Walmart/Target.

Materials

  • Glass beaker

  • Eye dropper 

  • Stirring rod

Procedure

Pour gelatin into beaker and use the glass dropper to add one drop of water to center of gelatin.

1.

Wait for water to absorb into a gel, and then add another drop, repeat till you reach ~6 drops.

2.

Use the stirring rod to roll the gel into a ball.

3.

Remove ball with fingers and chew it.

4.

The Science Behind the Reaction

OK, OK, it isn't the tastiest gum you have ever eaten...The gelatin reacts with the water to make a solid-like springy structure.

Keep Experimenting!

On your next round, think about additional ingredients you can add to make your gum tastier.  Possibly some sugar water or cinnamon.