At the Kennedy Space Center Gift Shop I saw a brand new space food occupying the shelves: Moon Soup. Unable to resist the temptation of finding the next Astronaut Ice Cream (One of the Top 5 things I love about Kennedy Space Center—one of my next articles), I clutched the can like a kid with a new Transformer toy and eagerly gazed at the retro, blue, starry label and contemplated what in the hell Moon Soup could possibly taste like. Moon Soup is the concoction of Chalet Suzanne, a country inn and restaurant located in Lake Wales, FL. The soup is actually Chalet Suzanne's Romain Soup, which was eaten by astronauts on the way to the moon aboard Apollo 15 and 16.
One side of the space food shelf at Kennedy Space Center
Behold! Moon Soup!
After opening the can, I saw that the soup actually looked like liquid moon—a yellowish gray muck with little dark bits here and there. That's probably just the packaging messing with my feeble and easily influenced mind. I took a whiff and I was met by the most anticlimactic smell I have ever experienced— absolutely nothing. Putting my nose right up to the can, I could make out some sort of onion smell, but it was not that strong at all. The preparation of the soup involved adding ¾ cup of water and bringing it to a boil, which stretched my minimal cooking proficiency to the max.
Mm Mm Good
After the soup reached a boil I prepared a bowl containing about half of the pot. I was determined that no matter the taste, I would at least eat one serving. I was delightfully surprised that the soup was actually pretty damn good. It contains little chewy bits of mushroom and its flavor is similar to Sour Cream and Chives Tato Skins, one of the holy trinity of snack foods—the other two members of the trinity being Tom's Hot Fries and Charles Chips.
A tasty bowl of Moon Soup
I was thinking I might even waste another 170 calories on the other half of the sodium laden soup. That was, until I experienced the aftertaste. The soup leaves a layer of onion powder on your tongue that even downing a full can of soda can't remove. Keep in mind that a can of Coke has the ability to remove stains from dirty toilets and clean erosion from a car battery. The soup itself is worth trying just to be cool and say you ate Moon Soup, but I'll never buy it again. I'll just use the $4 towards another bag of Astronaut Ice Cream.
The Holy Trinity of Snack Foods