CHS chemistry students make candy canes

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School juniors, from left, Victoria Messuri, Alexis Bernat and Britney Young, showed off their Variegated Disaccharide “J” Tubes, also known as candy canes, which they created in Tom Slaven’s chemistry class on Dec. 22.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School juniors Katherine Roman (left) and Brianna Remias (right) created Variegated Disaccharide “J” Tubes, also known as candy canes, in Tom Slaven’s chemistry class on Dec. 22.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School chemistry teacher Tom Slaven helped a student shape a candy cane after following a scientific recipe to create the holiday classic.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Canfield High School students in Tom Slaven’s chemistry classes celebrated the holidays with a little hands on science and a little fun on Dec. 22.

Before the students departed for holiday break, they constructed Variegated Disaccharide “J” Tubes, also known as candy canes.

The AP Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry 2 students followed a scientific recipe only a chemist could read to create the classic holiday favorite.

“I thought this would be a fun thing to do before the holidays. I wanted to show them that there is a lot of chemistry in cooking. You really don’t think about it too much when cooking, but it’s there,” Slaven said.

The students could choose from a variety of colors using food coloring, but the taste of peppermint was the same as the classic candy cane. After following the recipe, the students pulled the mixture, like taffy, into long tubes and then twisted it into the recognizable shape of a candy cane.

This was the first time Slaven had his students make candy canes in the chemistry laboratory.

“I am always looking for applications to use in the classroom demonstrating that chemistry shows up in our everyday lives,” Slaven said.

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