The Original Astronaut Ice Cream is Back and Ready for Launch

April 26, 2023

American Outdoor Products announces the return of their freeze dried ice cream sandwiches and fruits - now available!

BOULDER, Colo. (April 26, 2023) /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Astronaut Ice Cream, the original source for freeze-dried astronaut ice cream developed with NASA in 1974, is now available for purchase on its redesigned website, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Disney Theme Parks, Universal Studios, Ron Jon Surf Shops, and Paper Source stores, as well as select outdoor retail stores.

“We are thrilled to bring astronaut ice cream and freeze-dried fruit back to the public after a short hiatus,” Duane Primozich, CEO of American Outdoor Products and Astronaut Foods. “Astronaut Foods offers anyone and everyone – kids and adults alike – a delicious, fun, nostalgia-packed treat that melts in your mouth. It’s so fun to see the curiosity that Astronaut Ice Cream sparks amongst kids, and we are excited to have it back in production and available for people to enjoy once again. It’s also an honor to support people and organizations whose goal is to push the boundaries of space exploration and discovery and ignite young minds in exploring the mysteries of space.”

Astronaut Ice Cream is made through the process of lyophilization, commonly known as freeze-drying, to turn real ice cream into a crunchy, creamy sweetness that melts in your mouth. Freeze-drying removes 98% of the original water content. The same process is used to freeze dry fruits, which brings out the sweetness and adds an unexpected crunch, while allowing the fruit to retain all of its nutrition.

Key Features of Astronaut Foods:

  • 100% real ice cream and fruits
  • No refrigeration needed – ready to eat
  • Three-year shelf life
  • Made in the USA (Boulder, Colo.)

Astronaut Ice Cream is now available in two flavors, Vanilla and Neapolitan. Individual sandwiches are available for purchase for $4.99 USD. There are also 12-Packs available for $59.99 USD, as well as bulk case options of 50 or 200 sandwiches.

For the freeze-dried fruit packs, there are four flavors available — strawberries, cinnamon apples, peaches, and bananas. A 6-Pack is available for purchase for $23.99 USD, as well as bulk case options of 40 or 160 packs.

For more information on Astronaut Foods, please visit: https://astronautfoods.com/

About Astronaut Foods

Founded in 1974 in conjunction with NASA and based in Boulder, Colorado, Astronaut Foods is the original source for freeze-dried ice cream — an out of this world treat. Today, the company sells freeze-dried ice cream sandwiches and freeze-dried fruit. Astronaut Foods can be found in museums, toy shops, amusement parks and outdoor stores all across North America, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, Astronaut Foods is dedicated to supporting people and organizations whose goal is to push the boundaries of space exploration and discovery. For more information and a complete list of products, visit astronautfoods.com.

About American Outdoor Products

American Outdoor Products (AOP) is a food manufacturer located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, CO. Established in 1951, American Outdoor Products remains an independent, privately held, family-owned and operated company distributing products throughout the world. Inspired by a passion for unique cuisine and exciting adventures, the company produces Backpacker’s Pantry, adventure food for the outdoors; Astronaut Foods, out-of-this-world novelty treats; Chef Soraya grab-and-go plant-based meals; and Colorado Spice, all-natural and organic artisan spice blends. To learn more, visit: https://backpackerspantry.com