Experimental Cuisine » Rocket Food
elease the energy stored in everyday food to launch a model rocket. Food contains an amazing amount of energy. If you don't believe it, feed some candy to a kid and watch him bounce off the walls. Of course, tot-baiting is only one way to turn food energy into noise and destruction.
A king-size Snickers has 541 Calories. That's calories with a capital "C," or 1,000 lowercase calories. A small "c" calorie represents the energy required to heat one gram of water by one degree Celsius. So that Snickers could theoretically heat a gram of water 541,000 degrees or, more realistically, bring a gallon and a half of water from nearly freezing to nearly boiling.
But you can liberate the same amount of energy in much less time by mixing the Snickers with a more concentrated source of oxygen-say, the potent oxidizer potassium perchlorate. The result is basically rocket fuel.