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Freeze Dried Ice Cream: Candy or Not?

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Astronaut Ice Cream

I’ve long contemplated how, exactly, Freeze Dried Astronaut Ice Cream should be categorized. Is it candy? Or perhaps it’s simply a general-purpose dessert? Is it dairy or not?

Well, I still don’t have an answer to these age-old questions, but my investigations have certainly been tasty. Turns out, I’m one of the few people in the world who likes the stuff. Just as with my licorice adoration, my Freeze Dried Ice Cream addiction is often maligned and only rarely shared with any other member of the human race.

So, what about it? Anyone else like the stuff? Is it candy or not? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

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33 Responses to “Freeze Dried Ice Cream: Candy or Not?”

  1. 1
    Taylor says:

    Hey, I haven’t tried it.
    I think its probuly candy, not a desert. Kinda sounds silly to me!

  2. 2
    Faith says:

    Freeze-dried ice cream is indistinguishable from the marshmallows in cereals. I say it’s not candy, and that buying Lucky Charms is going to satisfy your craving for a lot cheaper.

  3. 3
    Bridget says:

    I just to LOVE the stuff when I was a kid. My favorite part of going to museums was buying a freeze-dried ice cream sandwich.

    Faith: I never thought of it as being like cereal marshmallows before! Odd, since (despite my love of every other kind of marshmallow), I don’t like those things.

  4. 4
    Caitlin says:

    Yeah, I don’t really equate them with those marshmallow things either. Don’t get me wrong, I like those too, but the ice cream seems a lot creamier.

    I don’t, however, like the ice cream sandwiches. The outsides were just too dry for me. I also hate oreos, so I guess that’s all related.

    The cheapest way I’ve found to purchase the stuff is in bulk, especially on eBay. I know, I’m a sick little puppy.

  5. 5
    May says:

    I wanted to like it, but I just didn’t. I think maybe I expected it to be like dippin dots which take on the consistency of ice cream when it’s in your mouth. Oh well. I like cereal marshmallows though so maybe if I was only expecting that it would have been a better experience?

  6. 6
    Caitlin says:

    Oh, yeah, dippin dots are totally different. When I first tried dippin dots I thought they’d be like freeze dried ice cream! The freeze dried ice cream can sort of take on a melted ice cream consistency, if you let it melt. But, your mouth can get dry if you try too much at once, which leads to a whole dry-mouth-freeze-dried-ice-cream-stuck-to-roof-of-mouth debacle. So, I recommend smaller amounts, and experiment between sucking and chewing. My favorite flavor is strawberry, followed by vanilla and then chocolate.

  7. 7
    Alyssa says:

    Hey! Little known fact: the marshmallows in Lucky Charms are called “marbits”.

    I like freeze-dried ice cream too. Not in the “regularly-have-cravings-for-it” way, but once in a blue moon if it’s at a museum gift shop or something, I’ll buy it.

  8. 8
    Tsukiko says:

    I love this stuff too. I bought it a long time ago when I was a kid. I haven’t had it since but I remember it clearly.

  9. 9
    Chef Bo Yardee says:

    It’s candy… as well as dessert IMO. (You can easily put a snickers bar on a plate after a meal and can consider it desser)

    Freeze dried ice cream is a sweet candy confection that’s packaged as candy- i mean it’s not exactly labeled as a dessert is it? Regardless, it’s sole purpose of existence is to give astronauts something sweet to munch on so… does it matter whether it’s considered a dessert of a candy? It’s fun, it’s cute and reminds me a lot of eating cotton candy that’s been compacted into a tight ball. Every kid (and adult) needs to try it at least once. And maybe 10 or 20 more times after that. :)

  10. 10
    Amy says:

    Hmm, I never thought of it to be a candy! I remember going to various museums and seeing freeze dried ice cream and would stock up on the 3 flavored block and the ice cream sandwiches. It is good to know you can buy it on amazon, thanks!

    The one thing I do remember is that the texture was odd, you can’t bite into it without thinking of someone scratching their nails across the blackboard! These are meant to be broken into pieces and eaten slowly I suppose. Do astronauts really eat this? LOL!

  11. 11
    Sparkina says:

    I’d consider it a candy. I have yet to try it, but I have heard it’s quite delish

  12. 12
    Star says:

    I loooooooove freeze dried ice cream and I don’t really think it matters what category you shove it in to. It’s still all on it’s own when it comes to taste.

  13. 13
    Carolyne says:

    I bought this from the gift centre at the Edmonton (Telus) Science Centre. Surprisingly.. it’s pretty good! I love the Neopolitan flavored, and even the freezedried icecream bars! It’s crunchy and milky and mmmmm. If you get the opportunity to try it don’t pass it up! :D

  14. 14
    Simon says:

    I love it too! I don’t think it reminded me of cereal marshmallows. It is yummy yummy but expensive.

  15. 15
    Brett says:

    Caitlin, I had no idea we were so alone. I love the stuff, maybe partially because I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid (still do, really). Now it’s kind of a luxury, and I only think of it when it’s on a shelf in front of me. But why would we need to categorize it anyway? Why not ask, “What else would fit in ITS category?”

  16. 16
    April says:

    i dont get it !! you are not alone i live in houston and almost everyone i know loves the stuff!!! what makes you say that? My little girl just tried it today as a matter of fact and i was online looking to buy more with out having to drive to NASA… lol and stumbled on to this debate. It’s ice cream!!! thats its category!!! ICE CREAM!!!! and as for lucky charm marshmallows they dont come close to freeze- dried ice cream the taste doesnt even compare!! absoultely love the Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips. yum!!! I will defintely be driving down 45 this week for more!!! it’s only 3.50 a package!!

  17. 17
    Caitlin says:

    Why is it that I never seem to meet people in then real world who like the same things I do?? NOBODY I know likes astronaut ice cream, or licorice for that matter. Oh well, more for me!

    I just had an epiphany – licorice flavored astronaut ice cream. Man, I bet that would be good.

  18. 18
    Emily says:

    I’ve neever tried them before, though they were tempting sitting in those bulky bins in the museums i went to as a kid.
    Now that people compared them to cereal marshmallow, i don’t think i want to try them! I absolutely loathe that stuff.
    The marshmallows in Lucky Charms are called marbits and they’re made up of tiny bits of freakin’ Circus Peaunts-how gross.! i’m hoping freeze-dried ice cream tastes a LOT better(:

  19. 19
    Kayrbear says:

    I love, love, love astronaut ice cream. I think it can qualify as candy — it’s portable, eaten as a snack, sugary. Sounds like candy to me! And, you are not alone in your addiction to it — I have definitely had my times of having to drive far, far away from the army surplus store that sells it :-)

  20. 20
    Judi says:

    I absolutely LOVE Astronaut Ice Cream. In fact, my whole family loves it and has since we first bought some at the Pacific Science Center in the Early 80′s. It quickly became a staple and must have purchase every trip we made there(which was pretty often since we were members). I still buy it whenever I find it. I don’t consider it candy, but a dehydrated dessert, much like freeze dried camping foodstuffs. And it is definitely NOT like cereal marshmallows, as it actually melts completely (I hate cereal marshmallows, cuz they end up soft and slimey outside and crunchy in the center- also, they are much sweeter and artificial tasting).

  21. 21
    eric says:

    i think astronaut ice cream is not a candy, and is disgusting. im just not a fan, but deffintly not a candy

  22. 22
    stephanie says:

    in my opnion its like candy, becausse its not really ICE cream. I LOVE the mint chocolate chip, and it really does have the flavor of that ice cream, but i still see it as candy

  23. 23
    lee says:

    im afraid im from europe so i cannot eat anything the beaurocrats in brussels have decided is bad for me.
    im so lucky to have these people looking out for me and protecting me from this sugary junk food.
    BTW- when i travel to america i dont feel the need to discard the contents of my suitcase to make room for lucky charms and astronaught ice cream to take back home;-)
    BTW- i have to import lucky charms for $17 a box:-(
    BTW- i cant even get astronaught ice cream:-[]
    sorry, what i meant to say was- astronaught ice cream is candy. and its awesome!

  24. 24
    Heidi says:

    I absolutely love freeze dried ice cream! I didn’t like the ice cream sandwiches, though. Just the neopolition. I noticed that it does kind of taste like the marshmellows to me, only better. I wouldn’t consider it candy, but I suppose I would consider it dairy. Yum.

  25. 25
    nickie says:

    i first tried freeze dried ice cream when i was in middle school at a science museum. then i got lucky and a candy store in the mall carried it. once that closed, i found it online at it’s only $1.85 a package! they ship really fast and i’ve never been unhappy with them

  26. 26
    Samantha says:

    I’m eating the stuff right now!! the flavor I’m having is chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips..MMMM…I bought it from…It’s pretty good! It’s nice to know that I’m not the only person out there who enjoys it lol

  27. 27
    Lauren says:

    Oh my God, I LOVE that stuff! I had no idea that you could buy it in bulk! I must get some, it’s so good! I haven’t though about astronaut ice cream in years but now I think I NEED some, this is bad!
    I’d definitely call it candy though, it’s not substantial enough to be a dessert.

  28. 28
    Dacia says:

    Oh, this stuff is the BEST! I’m totally addicted to it, and it IS sad. I wish it wasn’t so expensive! I’m glad to know I’m not the only person in the world who would love to see this stuff in the supermarket!

  29. 29
    Jeni says:

    i had never heard of this stuff until I went to Florida two years ago… and my first taste was straight from the source! I went to Kennedy Space Center where they had it for four dollars. I fell in utter love, but didn’t go as far as my friend, who bought nine packages!

  30. 30
    N says:

    I absolutely love freeze-dried ice-cream — my friend bought me a 12 pack for my birthday once. I don’t know, there’s just something about the texture that’s really great.

    I’d call it a dessert or a snack, though. Candy makes sense, logically, but it just doesn’t *feel* like candy when you’re eating it.

  31. 31
    Nicholas says:

    Are we all forgetting how it’s made? It’s normal ice cream thats gone through lyophilization, simply put it just doesn’t have any water in it. What your eating is literaly, dry ice-cream.

  32. 32
    Betsy says:

    Hi Caitlin!

    I LOVE freeze dried ice cream and I find that people aren’t as into it as me either. There is just something about that creamy crunch combination that makes it so good. Most crunchy things aren’t creamy, and most creamy things aren’t crunchy! I would take this austronaut stuff over the real thing 9 times out of 10 unless it’s a super hot day out and I am just in the mood for ice cream. Now that it’s super cold here in Oregon I definitely don’t want the real stuff. But to me it’s more like candy than ice cream alternative. Though I believe it’s dairy too since it’s made with dairy. Once it’s freeze dried though who knows what happens with the ingredients lol.

    I will check out the 2 links posted for cheaper freeze dried ice cream because on ebay and in REI it’s crazy expensive, shouldn’t be, how hard is it to make? I gotta find it cheaper online because my cravings are so intense !

  33. 33
    Sparkina says:

    Whether freeze-dried ice cream can be classed as candy is debatable — BUT — I tried it and I think it’s absolutely divine. So does my mother. I like the sandwiches AND the squares. That crunchy creaminess is 2 flip 4.

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