How to make fantastically frozen bubbles

How to make fantastically frozen bubbles
Blow frozen bubbles

A little ways back a friend of mine sent me the idea to try blowing frozen bubbles. At the time, the temperature around here was still pretty warm. These past two days it's been in the 20's and all of a sudden, the frozen bubble idea came back to me.

In order for this to work, the outside temperature has to be below freezing. I also read varying accounts of the type of bubbles you should use. Some people had luck with regular bubbles that you would buy at the store. However, these are more delicate, which means they're more likely to pop before they freeze.

For colder temperatures (think below 10 degrees), it might be better to use more of a "sturdy" bubble mixture. We decided to try both. We had our store bought bubbles and also made a half batch of the super bubble mix we made in the spring.

Super Bubble Mix:

3 cups water

1 cup dish soap

1/2 cup corn syrup

Mix it all together and use like you would normal bubbles. These bubbles are stronger than your typical bubble mix. When we made them before, they flew high up into the sky before popping and even bounced around our patio table and on the ground.

Braving the cold, we went outside with both of our bubble mixes. The key here is to blow a bubble and then catch it on the wand. Hold the wand still until the bubble starts to freeze.

We tried this first with the super bubble mix. While they definitely made super strong bubbles, it took longer for them to freeze.

Next up, we tried the standard bubbles and followed the same idea of blowing a bubble, then balancing it on the wand. These started to freeze after about 30 seconds. They started to harden and became still on the bubble wand. After about a minute or so, they would pop.

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The kids were excited to hold the bubbles and see how long they would last. Lilia had the patience to hold the bubbles while Franky was more interested in blowing and popping them. Either way, they both had fun.

The temperature was 21 degrees Fahrenheit when we tried this. If we have any of those single digit days this winter (who am I kidding, you know that's going to happen) we'll head back out with our bubbles to see which type works better in the deep freeze.

If you happen to live in a warmer climate, no worries! Click here to find out how you can make frozen bubbles in your freezer.

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