Thames & Kosmos Sophisticated Science Candy Factory
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- Make hard candy, lollipops, chocolates, caramels, fudge, gummy shapes, chocolate eggs, gum drops and more
- Learn the chemistry of crystals and the biology of taste
- Read about popular candies and the candy industry
- Explore the origins of chocolate and sugar
- Make a chocolate ladybug for good luck
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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1. Candy making is actually pretty challenging, and sometimes dangerous (170-degree sugar syrup). Kids will not be able to use this toy safely without continuous adult supervision.
2. In order to use this kit, you will have to buy at least $40 worth of candy-making ingredients and equipment, unless you are already making candy at home and own these things (for example, colorings and flavorings, various kinds of chocolate, a marble pastry board).
3. The recipes sometimes don't include a lot of detail. For example, they don't always specify the quantities for the various ingredients. If you have a lot of candy-making experience, you may be able to guess. We had to look up candy recipes on the internet.
Overall, it was fun to read the manual, and we tried a couple of the simpler recipes. Some of the more hazardous activities ended up being more demonstrations than opportunities for the kids to have a hands-on experience. The kids enjoyed being able to choose different colors and flavors for their candy creations.
The instructions were fairly basic (as in lacking detail). The language used was directed at 10~12 year olds, but really doesn't even give them the support they need to figure things out. As an adult I was able to get the gist of what they were asking for and figure it out.
The kit just seems awfully expensive for what it gives - which are instructions and recipes that can be found on the Internet, a few plastic (and easily breakable) chocolate molds, and the few odd accessories (like pretty foil for wrapping candies.)
BTW, the 7 year old enjoyed eating the candies, but would rather watch TV than help make them.