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Today is the coolest food chemistry experiment ever- Homemade Gummy Juice Noodles. We turned juice into a solid gummy noodle-y string! We like food-related experiments! My kids like to call them “joodles”.
I came across an experiment a while back that turns juice into spheres (little balls) and I really wanted to try it out. These juice spheres are made in fancy restaurants all the time. They look like little caviar balls.
Instead of spheres, we did our own spin on it though and made them into gummy juice noodles! I have to say that this experiment was pretty amazing. My kids even called it “EPIC”.
Food Chemistry: How to Make Gummy Juice Noodles
Watch how we made the noodles:
To make these gummy juice noodles, you will need a few specialized ingredients, that I could only find online: Sodium Alginate and Calcium Chloride. If you want to get high tech, they have special (and super awesome) spherification tools you can buy, too. We stuck to a regular syringe.
Tools & Supplies:
Sodium Alginate (gelling agent)
To start, measure out 1 c. of juice. I used 2 different kinds to add some color variety in our experiment. Mix 1 tsp of sodium alginate into the juice. Blend it in a blender to remove any lumps. It will start to thicken. Let it rest for at least an hour to let the bubbles escape.
After the juice and alginate mixture has rested for a time, it is time to make the juicy noodles. You will need a large pan full of water mixed with the calcium chloride. I mixed in a teaspoon or two of the calcium in the water. You will also want another bowl of fresh, plain water that you can use to rinse the noodles when they are done.
Using a syringe, collect the juice mixture and squirt it into the calcium-water solution. In the presence of calcium, the sodium alginate forms into a gel.
This is where it was supposed to be droplets, but ours came out in long strings (probably due to my inaccurate measurements).
Remove them from the pan and rinse in the fresh water.
Now your kids can dive in and taste them. Sometimes they come out in blobs instead of strings, but both are fun to taste and play with.
Then we just placed them on a plate and the kids ate them. They tasted just like gummies and my kids LOVED them! Plus, they are much better for you when you make them of 100% juice.
I am not certain how long they would last, but if you refrigerate them, I think they would last a few days.