Category: fruitcake

The tasty treats of Apollo 11: chocolate pudding, sugar-coated corn flakes, strawberry cubes, and pineapple fruitcake.

(Smithsonian)

APOLLO 11 FRUITCAKE – In the days of the Apollo space program, NASA knew that you can’t take a giant leap for mankind on an empty stomach. They provided the moon-bound astronauts with three meals per day, adding up to approximately 2,800 calories. This included tasty treats like pudding, brownies, and fruitcake. Though fruitcake has a somewhat infamous rep for being rather indestructible, NASA’s food mavens made sure it was compressed and protected with a 4-ply, laminated film coating to guard against flavor loss, moisture, oxygen invasion, spoiling, or excess crumbling.

(Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum)