Parsippany, NJ — Ferrero U.S.A., Inc. is fanning the excitement and speculation surrounding the Tic Tac UFO phenomenon with a trip to space. On August 4, the company will send a custom Tic Tac vessel into space that will transmit messages submitted by consumers to help make connections with extraterrestrials. The vessel will also be filled with limited edition packs of the breath mints and enter orbit with the help of aerospace company Sent into Space, a leader in high altitude balloon flights. Consumers can go to the Tic Tac Twitter @tictacusa, Instagram @tictacusa and Facebook @TicTacUSA channels by August 1 to submit messages for a chance to have them projected into the atmosphere.
Though officially heading to space for the first time next week, the brand was spotted in the atmosphere in 2004 by Navy Lt. Commander Alex Dietrich who reported a UFO in the shape of a Tic Tac breath mint. The newly de-classified video footage of the incident has resulted in worldwide attention and additional speculated sightings. The most recent witness account occurred just last month in the UK, spawning continued interest from believers around the globe, according to Ferrero.
“Tic Tac has a very strong connection with the history of space, having launched the same year that American astronauts landed on the moon in 1969 and the UFO reference that has made news for over 15 years now,” says Noah Szporn, senior vice-president, Ferrero Sugar Confections North America. “Our fans have been so receptive and excited by the UFO connection, especially in the last few months, that it seemed fitting to send our own Tic Tac vessel into space containing the universal mints while displaying their personal words into the galaxy.”
The Tic Tac packs in the space vessel include Freshmint, Orange and Fruit Adventure, and will feature phrases that inspire moments of connection prompting a kind, refreshing encounter with our alien friends, the company reports. The exterior of the vessel will project messages and greetings on a scrolling ticker-tape board.