A marshmallow blowgun is exactly what it sounds like: a gun that blows marshmallows. By blowing on one end of the gun, you can expel mini-marshmallows (like the ones you put in hot chocolate) at great velocity. The device can be used for simple fun or, in emergency circumstances, as a non-lethal weapon for mob control.
Ever since their invention in ancient Egypt, using marshmallows as projectiles has been popular. Ancient hieroglyphics show the pharaohs of old tossing the gooey foodstuff at each other for fun.
It wasn't until the creation in the mid-1800's of the modern marshmallow, using mallow creme instead of the traditional sap (althea officinalis), that the idea of a device to project them was born. Early concepts, like the one shown at the right, were functional but not practical. Large and expensive, the original attempts at a marshmallow blowgun were difficult to aim and not very portable. For years after this, the dream of a marshmallow gun lay dormant.
The more recent production of the miniature marshmallow renewed the interest in using the foodstuff as a projectile. It didn't take long for people to start using various bodily orifices to try and propel the mini-marshmallows, most commonly from the nose (see left). These attempts revived the efforts to create a marshmallow blowgun that was light, inexpensive, and accurate. With the introduction of PVC pipe, the blowgun was finally made!
Other websites will sell you the marshmallow blowgun in various sizes and designs. If you would rather make one of your own, here are the instructions for making what many experts feel is the best marshmallow blowgun. You can also get these instructions in PDF format by clicking here.
There are three steps to using the marshmallow blowgun:
Things to keep in mind:
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