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Candy A to Z: Astronaut Ice Cream!

August 24, 2017

Candy A to Z: A is for Alphabet Ice Cream

Get excited, candy lovers! We're about to drop some serious confectionery knowledge on you.

Introducing the Jimmy Sweet Tooth Candy College Master Class!

OK, OK, that's a made-up title. We're not starting a graduate program in candy, tempting as that may be. What we are introducing today is a new series on the blog called Candy A to Z. This biweekly feature will highlight a different product each week, starting with a candy that begins with "A" and working our way all the way through the alphabet to "Z."   

(Random aside: Did you know that biweekly can mean twice a week or once every two weeks? Who comes up with this stuff?! Anyway, ours is the every other week version.)

But it gets even better: we're going to focus on some of the more uncommon and unusual offerings in our shop to give you a chance to find out about tasty treats you haven't sampled yet. We'll offer a little background on the product, a flavor profile, and a review by Jimmy Sweet Tooth himself. We might even throw in some other surprises along the way.

So without further ado, we begin our first installment...

Astronaut Ice Cream at AllCityCandy.comCan an ice cream product be considered candy? We'll leave that to the philosophers to decide. But until a blood relative of Socrates comes knocking at our door, we're going to sell it. We're not talking about your everyday scoop shop ice cream, though.Today we're talking about Astronaut Ice Cream, an out of this world treat that will send your taste buds over the moon!

If you've never experienced Astronaut Ice Cream before, you're in for some serious surprises. For starters, it's not cold! Apparently, the refrigerator/freezer combo was taking up "valuable cargo space" and NASA decided that modifications were necessary. Somewhere along the line they opted not to freeze, but to freeze-dry the chilly treat. The result is a product that's sweet and flavorful, like the ice cream you know and love, but also lightweight, shelf-stable and...kinda crunchy. At least that's the story...

Astronaut Ice Cream at AllCityCandy.comSince it's been widely reported on the Internet, we'll come clean with it. Astronaut Ice Cream has rarely, if ever, flown into space. It was, however, developed at NASA's request for the Apollo missions. Sadly, it's one menu item that didn't make the cut. While this fact is a little disappointing to learn, we think it's an interesting wrinkle in the story of a one-of-a-kind product with an interesting origin. It's still a heck of a lot of fun to eat! 

Jimmy Sweet Tooth says: "I was really into this stuff as a kid. Part of it was because of my interest in space, but I was also just really fascinated by freeze-dried food. The idea that you could make food lightweight and completely portable by sucking all the water out of it just blew my mind. Why did we even have a refrigerator when things like this were available? I was a weird kid. Still, I can't see Astronaut Ice Cream in a candy store or museum gift shop without being tempted to buy a pouch." 

Major components: Ice cream, sort of...

Primary texture: Crunchy

Flavor profile: Several popular ice cream flavors available, including Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwich, Traditional Ice Cream Sandwich, Mint Chocolate Chip, Neapolitan and Neapolitan Ice Cream Drops

Manufacturer: American Outdoor Products, Inc.

Suggested uses: Astronaut Ice Cream is a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for aspiring scientists, astronauts, or rocketeers, and will fascinate kids of all ages. It's also a great gift for foodies and molecular gastronomists. Because it's lightweight and requires no refrigeration, it also makes a great trail snack for camping or hiking.  

Have you tried Astronaut Ice Cream yet? Tell us what you love about it in the comments below, or click here to place your order and try it for the first time!

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