Out of This World BOM Block Eight: Space Named Candy
Pat’s theme this year, 'Out of This World!' all about space and this month is inspired by yummy things... maybe a few not so yummy, but all space-related!
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Pat Sloan About This Month's Block - Space Named Candy!
I had a LOT of fun with this research, and great memories too!
First up is the Mars Bar because it has great memories for me. Some history from Wiki:
"It was first manufactured in 1932 in Slough, England by Forrest Mars, Sr. The bar was sold in two different formulations. In its original British version the bar consists of caramel and nougat coated with milk chocolate, developed to resemble the American chocolate bar known as the Milky Way, which had been introduced a decade earlier. An American version of the Mars Bar was produced which had nougat and toasted almonds covered in milk chocolate; later, caramel was added to the recipe as well. The American version was discontinued in 2002, though it has been revived for short runs since then."
When I lived in Europe, getting a Mars bar was THE snack! They were smaller than bars now and we could get them in any store. I wondered why I rarely saw them anymore, now I know!
Here are some more tasty Space-named candies:
• The Sky Bar is was announced by a dramatic skywriting campaign in 1938.
• What is your favorite flavor of Starbursts? I need to get some and try all the flavors again!
• And I’ll toss in the Moon Pies in this category. My step-mom did a lot of work in Mobile, Alabama so we would often get Moon Pies on her return. From their website,
"It all began in 1917 when a KY coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the moon.” Earl Mitchell reported back and the bakery obliged with a tasty treat aptly named Moon Pie. It was filling, fit in the lunch pail, and the coal miners loved it. The rest, as they say, is history."
Second Group: The Classics
I knew I had to include the 'Astronaut' freeze-dried ice cream, but was it really created just for them?
"Freeze-dried ice cream is ice cream that has had most of the water removed from it by a freeze-drying process, sealed in a pouch, and requires no refrigeration. It is also known as astronaut ice cream or space ice cream, typically a slab of ready-to-eat dehydrated ice cream. Compared to regular ice cream, it can be kept at room temperature without melting and is more brittle and rigid but still soft when bitten into. It was developed by Whirlpool Corporation under contract to NASA for the Apollo missions. However, it was never used on any Apollo mission. Freeze-dried foods were developed so that foods could be sent on long-duration spaceflights, as to the Moon, and to reduce the weight of the water and oxygen normally found in food."
When we first moved to Virginia, we went to the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC often and that ice cream might have been one of my first purchases, I had to try it out! For the record, it's not my favorite.
A space-related food I had totally forgot about was Tang! This was SUCH a thing when I was in High School, and I didn’t like it at all, did you? It was not created for the space program but became popular after John Glenn’s Mercury flight where he drank it.
I have to add Orbit gum, do you remember all the crazy commercials for it? Look on YouTube, they are funny!
My quote this month:
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." – Carl Sagan
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Sew Good Sewing Center, Monticello, Minnesota
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4105 Cedar St.
Monticello, MN 55362
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