This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pennsylvania College of Technology. However, all content and opinions are entirely my own. Please see my disclosure policy. This post was originally published on November 5, 2016, and updated for accuracy on March 11, 2020.
Remember how I mentioned my tour of the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology? Well not only did I get to have some fun with chocolate, but I also got to explore some fun food science with the Modernist Kitchen Class.
My Food Science Fun at Penn College
As I entered the Modernist Kitchen Class, I saw was greeted by Chef Frank Suchwala. His Chefs-in-Training were busily working around a long metal table – hissing and pounding and fog filled the air.
They were using liquid nitrogen to flash freeze strawberries for Strawberry Basil Goat Cheese Ice Cream. The liquid nitrogen’s temperature is minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit – making the strawberries freeze as hard as a rock so the students could use a spoon or mallet to shatter them.
They also had some fun with freezing gummy bears. (Homemade gummy bears they made during a previous class while learning about liquid solutions and gelatin.) And Chef Frank demonstrated the use of liquid nitrogen to make a quick snack for me – Crunchy Frozen Teddy Grahams.
The little Teddy Grahams create fog when they hit the warmth of your mouth! Can you say, “Most fun snack ever!”?
I left my visit super excited about the science of food. And it got me thinking that some food science fun could get the kids learning and loving different foods, too. So I gathered up some Fun Food Science Experiments to try with them. Check ’em out…
10 Fun & Edible Food Science Experiments for Kids
- Solid VS. Liquid Edible Sensory Play (via Go Science Kids)
- How Does Food Change When It’s Cooked? (via A Mom with a Lesson Plan)
- The Science Behind Edible Glass (via Go Science Kids)
- Chocolate Science – Reversible Change (via Little Bins for Little Hands)
- Colorful Foods Taste Test (via B-Inspired Mama)
- Food with Seeds Science Investigation (via Fantastic Fun and Learning)
- Color Changing Lemonade Lab (via Left Brain Craft Brain)
- Explore Density with a Food Sink or Float Science Experiment (via Edventures with Kids)
- DIY Soft Serve Ice Cream using Dry Ice (via SheKnows)
- Learn About Crystallization by Making Homemade Rock Candy (via YummyMummyClub)
A Special Thanks to Penn College School of Business & Hospitality
I left my visit to Penn College feeling overwhelmed with new friends’ kindness, new excitement for all things culinary, and confidence in endorsing their School of Business and Hospitality. Whether you’re interested in pursuing a new career for yourself or advising your children for their future, consider Pennsylvania College of Technology for a “degree that works.” From Bachelor’s Degrees (i.e. Culinary Arts & Systems, Marketing) to Associate’s Degrees (i.e. Baking & Pastry Arts, Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts Technology) to Competency Credentials (i.e. Dining Room Service, Professional Cooking), you’re sure to find an education perfect for preparation in the Hospitality Industry. And their on-site casual fine dining restaurant, Le Jeune Chef, offers a hands-on real-world experience that can’t be matched.
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