Chocolate

Much tastier space chocolate made in microgravity as novelty product for marketing, educational and scientific reasons.

Last updated: 2019-01-16

Status

Initiative published in 20171, which does not seem to have moved into experimental phase yet.

Applications

  • Raw chocolate of many types
  • All chocolate deserts
  • Molecular gastronomy - food science

Why & Solution

Cocoa butter is the main ingredient in chocolate and it consists primarily of fat molecules. The arrangement of these fat molecules determines the structure of chocolate. Cocoa butter has at least six different structures or ‘crystal forms’, which is called ‘polymorphism’. Structure influences properties like appearance, taste, quality and texture. 2 There is no sedimentation in orbit because gravity doesn’t drag down the denser ingredients in a mixture. That means the crystal structure of chocolate might get larger—and might taste better—if it’s made in space. Candy-making in orbit could be a way to make “space commercialization real for people. 3

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