Marshmallow Rocket with Tutorial

I’m not a rocket scientist but my hometown of Huntsville, Alabama has a plethora of them……This is for all the brilliant rocket scientists out there!

Materials: Ginormous marshmallows for your propulsion system and payload system, regular marshmallows for the fins, mini-marshmallows for the guidance system, skewers and toothpicks for structural support, chocolate and sprinkles for rocket identification and a decorating bag for the placement of your rocket identifiers.

No rocket propellant here!

No rocket propellant here!

Start by placing 5 ginormous marshmallows on two long skewers.

Propulsion System

Propulsion System

I found my ginormous marshmallows at our commissary on post and the brand is “Campfire” and they’re called “Giant Roasters.”

Next take 3 skewers and break them off around 7 inches or so.  Load them up with 3 regular sized marshmallows for your 3 fins while leaving enough skewer at the top to stick into your propulsion system.

Fins

Fins

You may have to play around with your fins a bit as you start assembling your rocket.  The propulsion system is quite heavy, what with all the fuel, oxidizers, pumps and nozzles in there, so make sure you make a tripod like assembly.

Tripod Fin Assembly

Tripod Fin Assembly

 

Once that step is complete, carefully lay your rocket on it’s side.

Rocket on side

Place chocolate of the color of your choosing into your decorating bag and lay it in a microwave safe bowl.

Chocolate

I used Wilton chocolate and the directions for microwaving it are on the back of the bag.  Once you have the chocolate melted, carefully remove the bowl from the microwave.

Melted Chocolate

If you don’t have decorating bags, you can just as easily melt the chocolate in a bowl or double broiler and place it in a zip-lock bag.  It’s just much easier and less of a mess to use the decorator bags.

Snip a TINY hole in the bottom of the bag.  Now you’re ready to design your rocket.

While the chocolate is drying, start placing mini-marshmallows on toothpicks for your guidance system.

Guidance System

Guidance System

Also, cut one ginormous marshmallow with two angles as shown.

Payload System

Carefully lift your rocket up and put the guidance system in place.  Put some melted chocolate on the bottom of your angled cut ginormous marshmallow and place a toothpick in it.

Payload System

Payload System

Place your payload system on the top of the guidance system and push down everything until it feels secure.

Life of Bri Rocket www.lifeofbri.com

Life of Bri Rocket
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Life of Bri Rocket 2

The rocket scientists out there will have to let me know how I did.  Thanks to NASA for helping out with this image.

Molly checking out the rocket identifiers.  She found the stars especially tasty!

Molly checking out the rocket identifiers. She found the stars especially tasty!

Future Rocket Scientist?

Future Rocket Scientist?

Bri was sick today but Molly was having so much fun he had to come check it out.

Bri was sick today but Molly was having so much fun he had to come check it out.

The propulsion system was especially tasty!

The propulsion system was especially tasty!

Uh-oh!!  One of Bri's favorite words.  We were saying uh-oh as the rocket was falling apart and he thought it was the funniest thing!

Uh-oh!! One of Bri’s favorite words. We were saying uh-oh as the rocket was falling apart and he thought it was the funniest thing!

I hope you enjoy it as much as Bri and Molly did!  I’d love to see pictures of your rockets!

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