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Geek Gifts 2009: Space Food Sampler

Edmond Woychowsky says ThinkGeek's Space Food Sampler is a gift fit for a geek. Find out what you get when you order this box of goodies.

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Whether they admit it or not, the average geek would be willing to don a red shirt and beam down with Captain Kirk, Mister Spock, and Doctor McCoy. It's not because geeks have a death wish — they just desperately want to travel to space. Unfortunately, the average geek lacks the financial resources to fulfill their extra-planetary dreams, although there are some notable exceptions.

Because of this passion for space travel, even if the geek does have the resources, they will appreciate ThinkGeek's Space Food Sampler. For $19.99 (plus shipping), you get a box of goodies that are an odd combination of slightly retro (Astronaut Ice Cream and Space Food Sticks) and the more modern (freeze dried strawberries) astronaut treats.

The sampler contains the following items:

  • Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • Freeze Dried Cinnamon Apple Wedges
  • Chocolate Space Food Stick
  • Peanut Butter Space Food Stick
  • Lemon Lime Splashdown Drink Mix
  • Orange Splashdown drink Mix
  • Space Food Sticks Magnet
Figure A

The opened box, after the ice cream fell into a black hole

When the box arrived from the elves at ThinkGeek, my family and I divvied up the contents and made yummy sounds. I claimed the Space Food Sticks, which are something of a 1960s version of an energy bar and are chocked full of memories for me because I used to eat them while pretending to be an astronaut. The kids immediately began eyeing the ice cream, which quickly disappeared as if it was sucked out an airlock. Being the healthy one, my wife declared the strawberries forfeit, although she was kind enough to share. The rest of the provisions were distributed in a fair and equitable manner... um, yeah, I grabbed them and ran.

What I like

  • Space Food Sticks; I've missed them.
  • With the exception of texture, the strawberries tasted freshly picked.

What I don't like

  • The box is juvenile.
  • The texture of freeze dried ice cream hasn't changed since the Apollo program.

Geek bottom line

I know that astronaut food isn't supposed to taste good, but that's a myth like the myth that the moon isn't made of cheese. (NASA has even developed gourmet space food.) Seriously though, this Space Food Sampler brought back a lot of wonderful memories from my childhood and helped create some new memories with my family. I think the Space Food Sampler is a good choice for any geek on your gift list.

Geek gift score (out of 5)

  • Fun factor: ****
  • Geek factor: ****
  • Value: ****
  • Overall: ****

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