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This video shows the most complicated method of freezing a loaf we've ever seen.

Mike Pomranz
April 24, 2018

Sending things into space has become a common social media stunt. But in lieu of shelling out to be included in an actual rocket payload, most items travel via a lower-tech method, using a large balloon to reach the upper atmosphere. We’ve seen this done with things like a KFC Zinger sandwich, a Cuervo margarita and a bottle of BridgePort IPA. These launches are apparently effective publicity (we just namedropped three brands here), but what does sending food and drink many miles above the Earth actually do to it?

YouTuber Tom Scott, who we last saw showing us how to brew a cup of tea to international standards, recently decided to try the whole launching into space thing himself to see—and taste—the results. Though he starts his video by quibbling with the actual definition of “space,” stating instead that his and others’ experiments technically only sent these items to “the edge of space,” from there, he follows a pretty standard procedure of strapping his space-bound item and a camera to a huge balloon before letting it rise up into the sky. Scott’s food of choice: homemade garlic bread.

Oddly enough, the main things that sets Scott’s stunt apart from a lot of the others is that he immediately eats the garlic bread once he’s found its landing spot on Earth. You’d think this would be standard practice. However, his video may explain why a big, climatic tasting usually isn’t shown… because apparently sending food into space doesn’t do much. In the case of garlic bread, the buttery center froze. As a result, the pieces of bread snapped off instead of tearing like it normally would. And that was about it. “It tasted… cold,” Scott said, summarizing the experience.

If cold space garlic bread sounds exciting and you want to make your own—no weather balloon included—we have plenty of varieties from the standard affair to cheesy Parmesan garlic bread to torn garlic bread, herbed garlic bread, garlic bread “fries” with marinara ketchup, and more! Of course, getting the final product into space won’t be easy, but if Scott’s video is any indication, you can simulate that genuine space taste simply by launching your garlic bread into the freezer.

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