Exploding Chocolate Teacakes

Here we are: When Tony Cunnane joined the Royal Air Force in 1953, chocolate teacakes were the flavor of the month, and employees aboard strategic nuclear strike aircrafts requested the snack be added to their in-flight ration boxes. However, this wasn’t just a sweetness to fuel their Cold War training. Chocolate-coated marshmallow teacakes had become, as Tony Cunnane himself described it, “the subject of some rather unscientific in-flight experiments.” Shortly after the treats appeared in RAF ration packs and pilots began to notice that as altitude increased, the teacakes expanded.…

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