Rey's Instant Bread In Star Wars: The Force Awakens Was Real

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(Photo: Lucasfilm)

When you were watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there were probably several things that just outright amazed you. Maybe you were stunned by the aerial acrobatics of Poe Dameron and Black Squadron, blown away by Kylo Ren's Force Freeze ability, or shocked when that death hit.

But nothing was as amazing as that damn instant bread.

When Rey gets her one-quarter portion, she takes it home to her hollowed-out AT-AT from the old Battle of Jakku, slaps this little dehydrated bread into a pan, and with a little water and heat, it grows into a full loaf. It's amazing.

What's even cooler is that it's actually real.

"You wouldn't believe how long it took to actually perfect that one, that little tiny gag in the film," said Chris Corbould, VFX Supervisor for Force to MTV News. "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?"

The process of developing that one, less than five second shot, took "about three months," mostly on the looks of the bread. Corbould warned that while it was edible, "you wouldn't want to eat it," as it had no nutritional value or real taste.