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Hands-On Science: The Flavor of Organic Chemistry


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I Googled to find out why mock apple pie, made with Ritz crackers and no apples, tastes like apple pie. If you make this and use the recipe at http://www.allrecipes.com (called Chemical Apple Pie) read the comments and add more Ritz crackers and maybe some cornstarch to the recipe. Or use the one provided in this lesson plan I found.


I came across this 3-lesson plan about flavors and the senses of taste and smell. Lessons 1 and 3 have ordinary items required to do the experiments (jelly beans, salt-free saltines, making mock apple pie), but Lesson 2 is more complicated.




It sounds like fun, so I thought I'd let you all know about it.


If you are interested in more explorations into the Science Behind Our Food, here's the URL (click on resources to get to lesson plan links):



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The link didn't work today, so I edited my post to put in the new link. At any rate, you can click on resources on the left side of the page, and when you get there, click on chemistry and look on page 3 for the lab called "Making Sense of Esters". It is on page 3.


Since the new link calls this *easter* lab, the link might change again when the typo is discovered.

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