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Summer "Bucket" List: Make Magic Color Changing Drinks

Imagine pouring a clear drink into cups of ice and it changing to a different color in each person's cup!
When I saw a clear fruit punch at the store (Harvest Classic Clear Fruit Punch), I knew it would be perfect, but you can use any clear drink such as a lemon-lime soda.

All you need is some plastic cups, food coloring, ice, and any clear drink. 
The day before, place 2 to 3 drops of various colors of liquid food coloring at the bottom of each cup and let dry. We did this after the boys went to bed and let it dry over night. I just gathered them up in the morning and put them aside until I was ready to use them.

Just before serving the drinks, fill each cup with ice to hide the food coloring. While each child watches, pour the drink over the ice,

and the clear drink will "magically" turn into a color as it fills their cup!

This would be a great thing to do for an April Fool's surprise or as "fortune telling" fun on New Year's Eve. Just assign a meaning to each color and display the different meanings on a small sign near the drinks. For example, purple = royalty, green = wealth, yellow = long life.

This fun little activity comes from here (via Pinterest). 
originally posted Jul 15, 2011


  1. y'all do the coolest stuff!

  2. ALWAYS great ideas!

    (I sent you a package today priority. Sorry it took a while! Pamplets are some of our favorite places. If you have questions e-mail me!)

  3. He he, I'm going to use this one!

  4. Oh that will be so much fun to do!

  5. What a fun trick - my kids would love this!

  6. Thank you for reminding me of this "trick"! I wouldn't have thought of using it in regular old soda. We saw a bride and groom surprise their Maid of honor and Best man with this trick during a toast. Apparently the food color had been added to the bottom of the champagne glasses (which in this case were metal).

    Fun, fun, fun! Got to do this soon!

  7. I love this idea - very cool!


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