American Outdoor Products, Inc. / Astronaut Foods
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Weight: .7 oz. (19 g.) total package
Calories: 130 calories
Cost: $(lost receipt)
Purchased from: REI, Mountain View or San Carlos store, CA
Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Mint Theme Week. In honor of the safe landing of the last U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery flight this past week, today's chocolate choice was Astronaut Foods Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream -- freeze-dried, like they eat in outer space.
My understanding is that a single slice of ice cream is cut, freeze-dried and packaged. The pieces of this slice were contained in a specially sealed pouch and inner wrapper, and was ready for eating.
I would liken this freeze-dried ice cream to bits of mint chocolate chip meringue -- very light (apparently freeze drying removes 90% of the weight); not quite as sweet as a meringue (which I liked); and ice-cream-like in flavor. Ingredients included milk, chocolate drops, and natural peppermint flavoring. The package label says that freeze-dried food dates back to the early Mercury (space) Missions; and that this and other products "continue to be used on NASA missions today."