Super Science Party Drinks for Kids

Super Science Party Drinks for Kids

Ready to take your next sum­mer bash over the top? Grab your lab coats, pre­pare your taste­buds, and get ready for a lit­tle kitchen sci­ence! Our kids had a blast cre­at­ing these super slurpers in our kitchen “lab.” All it takes are a few sim­ple tools and basic ingre­di­ents to get a drink lab­o­ra­tory of your own up and running.

We’ll show you the basic steps to make these fan­tas­ti­cal drinks and the sci­ence behind them. You can pick up every­thing that you need at Tar­get, the one-stop shop for sum­mer fun. Gather your bud­ding sci­en­tists in the kitchen and get ready to mix up a lit­tle magic!

Super Science Party Drinks for Kids: Candy Floss Party Punch 3-kids-diy-party-drinks

Pic­tured: Bella Cot­ton Candy Maker ($39.99), Bella Cot­ton Candy Kit ($9.99), Jelly Belly Cot­ton Candy Top­ping ($2.99), Kid Made Mod­ern Tape Set ($6.99), Kid Made Mod­ern Con­struc­tion Paper ($7.99), Neon Fash­ion Watch ($10.99, in store only), Black Rasp­berry Glaceau Fruit­wa­ter ($1.99, in-store only).

Candy Floss Party Punch

There’s noth­ing more fun than than whip­ping up a batch of cot­ton candy. We dis­cov­ered some­thing in our kitchen lab that makes it even better—melting hard can­dies to make the cot­ton candy. The fun doesn’t have to end when you run out of fla­vored sugar! This opens a whole new world of fla­vor and color.

For added fun, let the kids make their own fes­tive cot­ton candy hold­ers. We used the col­or­ful tape and con­struc­tion paper from Target’s Kid Made Mod­ern collection.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 ounces Black Rasp­berry Glaceau Fruit­wa­ter (or com­pa­ra­ble), chilled
  • 3 table­spoons. Jelly Belly Cot­ton Candy Fla­vored Syrup, chilled
  • 2 table­spoons orange juice, chilled
  • 2 Men­tos can­dies, straw­berry flavored
  • Cot­ton candy


DIRECTIONS

Make a batch of cot­ton candy using the Bella Cot­ton Candy Maker. We used a vari­ety of Jolly Rancher can­dies and the results were fan­tas­tic. Place the cot­ton candy in an air­tight con­tainer to keep it nice and fluffy while you mix the drink.

Now it’s time to fill your glass with the col­or­ful & mes­mer­iz­ing liq­uid. Start by adding a few table­spoons of cot­ton candy syrup. Next, add the Glaceau Fruit­wa­ter by pour­ing it over the back of a spoon (this helps to keep the col­ors sep­a­rate, cre­at­ing an ombre effect). Pour in the orange juice for the final layer.

To top it off, drop in a cou­ple of Men­tos and pile the cot­ton candy high on top of the glass. Poke a straw through the mid­dle and start sip­ping! The cot­ton melts fast, so you’ll want to drink it right away.

Super Science Party Drinks for Kids: Exploding Super Hero Slammer Super Science Party Drinks for Kids: Exploding Super Hero Slammer

Pic­tured: Super Hero Pad­dle Ten­nis ($5.99, in store only), Jelly Belly Green Apple Top­ping ($2.99), Set of 3 Pocket Note­books (for recipes & for­mu­las, $4.99, in store only), Spritz Dis­pos­able Straw ($1.99, set of 20), Super Hero Foam Mask Kit ($4.99), Boom! Super Hero Candy Con­fec­tions ($2.99, in store only)

The Explod­ing Super Hero Slammer

This is the super hero of all drinks, period! Any­thing using Pop Rocks is just plain awesome—this crazy drink explodes the sec­ond you add the final ingre­di­ent. Who doesn’t like a lit­tle chaos? Your kids will be smil­ing from ear to ear after com­plet­ing this fizzy experiment.

Believe it or not, the explo­sive com­bi­na­tion of Men­tos and soda has baf­fled peo­ple for years. Even the guys from Myth­Busters found the mys­tery wor­thy of a closer look and came up with an expla­na­tion of their own.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 ounces Sprite
  • 3 table­spoons Jelly Belly Green Apple Syrup
  • 2 Men­tos can­dies, green apple flavored
  • 1 pack Pop Rocks, water­melon or strawberry
  • 1 table­spoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pinch bak­ing soda

DIRECTIONS

Pour the Sprite, apple cider vine­gar, and Jelly Belly Green Apple Syrup into a chilled glass. Mix together with a spoon. Drop in the Men­tos and let them fall to the bot­tom of the glass.

Now comes the fun part: add a pinch of bak­ing soda and quickly pour in the Pop Rocks. Push a straw through the froth and start drink­ing from the bot­tom up! The con­coc­tion mixes together beau­ti­fully and tastes great.

Super Science Party Drinks for Kids: The Salted Caramel Monkey Entertainer Super Science Party Drinks for Kids: The Salted Caramel Monkey Entertainer

Pic­tured: Spritz Party Favor Nov­elty Glasses ($3, set of 4), Red Vines Orig­i­nal Red Twists Licorice ($1.99)

The Salted Caramel Mon­key Entertainer

The name of this drink alone will grab everybody’s atten­tion (it’s the brain­child of our eight year old, Mur­phy). Basi­cally, it’s a super-charged root bear float. We added a few twists of our own to take this clas­sic favorite to a whole new level. Once you’ve had a taste, you’ll be dream­ing of your next mug of froth­ing awesomeness.

Check out this link for the sci­ence behind the bub­bling cool­ness of root beer floats!

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 ounces nat­ural root beer soda
  • 1/2 banana
  • 4 squares from a Hershey’s choco­late bar
  • 1 scoop Häagen-Dazs Salted Caramel Ice Cream
  • 1 scoop Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 1 twist Red Vines Licorice (optional, for straw)

DIRECTIONS

Blend the banana, salted caramel ice cream, two squares of Hershey’s choco­late, and two ice cubes together in a blender. Pour the mix­ture into a chilled glass, fol­lowed by the root beer. It will start foam­ing like crazy at this point—for less foam, pour the root beer into the glass first.

Next, drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the mid­dle of the creamy bub­bles. Fol­low with a twist of Red Vine Licorice to use as a straw (because drink­ing through licorice is totally awe­some). Top it off with the extra squares of Hershey’s choco­late and enjoy!


This sum­mer inspi­ra­tion is brought to you by Target’s Short Shorts Sale Buy One, Get One 50% Off all women’s shorts Fri­day & Sat­ur­day only. Find more fun and sur­prises all sea­son long on Target’s #Sum­merUp Pin­ter­est board. Link to: http://pinterest.com/target/summerup.

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  • Sarah Beth Lodato

    How fun!!! Kids or not, I want to try some of these just for fun. Are all of these sup­plies found at Target?

  • Ben­jamin Eugene NElson

    Con­sid­er­ing Tar­get obvi­ously spon­sored this, I’m going with yes.

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Hand­made Charlotte

    Hi Ben­jamin,

    Yeah .…Tar­get spon­sored this explo­sion of drink awe­some. Can you tell I loved mak­ing these fun drinks? Also.…Benjamin is one of my fav names ever!

    Yeah!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Hand­made Charlotte

    Hi Sarah,

    You can find every­thing for sum­mer fun at Tar­get! :) We found every­thing at our Super Target!

    Yes!

    Rachel

  • Ben­jamin Eugene NElson

    Just as a tip, tone it down and we might believe you’re not work­ing for them.

    Did you post this on Red­dit, too?

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Hand­made Charlotte

    HI Ben­jamin,

    All tips appre­ci­ated. Did you see it on Reddit?

    Thanks,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Hand­made Charlotte

    Hi Mapano,

    Thanks Thanks Thanks!! We had a blast blast­ing these drinks off!

    Thanks,

    Rachel Faucett

  • Bri­ana Nichele Mateo

    This would be so fun for not just the home but the class­room in a sci­ence or biol­ogy class. It will be awe­some to teach how the chem­i­cals in every­day foods react. Love it!

  • Bri­ana Nichele Mateo

    I am a stu­dent in col­lege and I am going to do this for fun with some friends for sure, kids are not the only ones who can have a blast with their food!