Remember Rey's weird, greenish, space bread from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"? It went from water to loaf in an instant, and while the scene was super short, it made a big impact on fans.
Most of us chalked it up to CGI bringing foods from the future to life, but it turns out we were all duped. The bread is real and you can (technically) eat it.
Rey's space bread is actually called "polystarch" and its quick-rising effect was achieved practically -- i.e., not through digital means. While the recipe itself took little time to perfect, its visual aspects took much longer.
As special effects supervisor Chris Corbould told MTV,
You wouldn't believe how long it took to actually perfect that one, that little tiny gag in the film. It started off with the mechanics of getting the bread to rise and the liquid to disappear, but then there was the ongoing problem of what color should the bread be? What consistency should it be? Should it have cracks in it? Should it not have cracks in it?
In total, it took about three months to complete. And the taste? Apparently, it's pretty awful. Corbould conceded,
No, you wouldn't want to eat it!
No word yet on whether the polystarch rolls are gluten-free because we all know being practically inedible wouldn't stop celiacs from trying it.