YouTuber Launches Garlic Bread Into Space, Then Eats It

Skyrockets in flight, buttery breaded delight.

By Ethan L. Johns
April 25, 2018

Image: Tom Scott/YouTube

This is the 21st century, and in the 21st century, we send things into space. Why? Because we can. Elon Musk shipped his Tesla, an Oregon brewery launched its beer, and now we’ve moved on to snacks.

In a video published on Monday—which has so far garnered over 2.4 million views—YouTuber Tom Scott sent a half loaf of freshly baked garlic bread up to the outer edges of the stratosphere with a weather balloon. Once the balloon popped and the bread was safely on the ground, Scott and co. broke it open and chowed down.

The garlic bread was baked by Barry Lewis from My Virgin Kitchen, who assisted with the launch day in the video. The real engineer of the project was Steve Randall who provided the balloon and the science, which helped the team join the 22.25-mile high club.

“Why garlic bread?” Scott asks the camera rhetorically. “Because it’s delicious. And because somebody already sent pizza up in a balloon a few years ago.”

To prevent the garlic bread from being completely destroyed on impact with the cold, hard earth, the team rigged up a styrofoam box to automatically close at 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) before impact.

Doing an intense tasting comparison, the group judged the fresh garlic bread to be “really good.” While the fresh bread ripped apart nicely, the space bread had been frozen in the upper reaches of the atmosphere, which caused it to break apart with a snap.

From what we can tell, freshly baked garlic bread wins this round. Don’t hold your breath; stratosphere garlic bread isn’t likely to make it to your table any time soon.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns