What is rocket candy?
Rocket candy is a type of fuel used for model rockets that is made from sugar and an oxidizer. Rocket candy, aka caramel candy, is called such because of its sugar content and appearance of caramel. Because of its oxidizer content it obviously should not be consumed.
-Beaker/ Heat safe container
-Hot Plate/ Electric Skillet
-Mortar and Pestle/ Grinder
-Used rocket motors
-Drill and Drill bits
-Model Rocket, Igniters, Launch Pad, etc
-Safety Gear (goggles, gloves, etc)
Making rocket fuel is dangerous. There is potential for personal injury including poisoning and burning. This is to be conducted outside under adult supervision and in an open air environment. The creator of this instructable is not personally responsible for any injury resulting from the creation or use of this rocket candy. All safety precautions should be followed including those of the manufacturers of the rockets themselves. Take care, while fun, rockets are still dangerous.
Step 1: Ingredients
This specific type of rocket candy calls for 3 ingredients. An Oxidizer, Potassium Nitrate (KNO3, aka "Salt Peter"). And two types of fuel: Sucrose (table sugar), and Fructose (Corn Syrup). Ideally the oxidizer and fuel should be in a ratio of around 65:35. In order to account for the water in the corn syrup, the ingredients should be in the following amounts:
Sugar and Corn syrup can be purchased at your local grocery. KNO3 can be found in commercial stump remover which can be purchased at most hardware stores or online.
Weigh out the ingredients on the scale.