The bubbling instant bread that Rey makes from her Jakku rations in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was real, people! Or at least, it wasn't CGI! Even though the bread probably falls somewhere below "Did Maz Kanata actually ever f*ck Chewbacca" on the list of things you talked about after The Force Awakens, it was one of the coolest special effects in the whole movie. Finding out that it was a practical effect (something director J.J. Abrams prioritized in the film) is just icing on the just-add-water cake. As a reminder, this is what the trick looks like:

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Special effects team Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould, who were nominated for an Oscar for their work in The Force Awakens today, talked to DP/30 about many of the effects in the movie. They reveal how they made the self-baking bread at about 17 minutes in:


Now, if you can only get your hands on some inflatable bread, you know how to really freak out (or geek out) your friends.

Sources: Independent