Powdered alcohol “Palcohol”is set to hit store shelves across the United States later this year — but is this idea original?
The history of Palcohol dates back to the early 1970s — yes, other inventors thought that powered alcohol needed to go mainstream. General Foods took out the first patent and according to Fortune, there were additional efforts prior to this patent application. These early inventions however, hit a number of roadblocks primarily due to a product that was sub-par and to regulatory bodies who feared how this product would be abused by the public.
Here is a small list of similar products that have been offered in the past:
subyou powdered alcohol targeted teens with the edgy taglines like, ““taste for not much dough” or “gets a good buzz going.”
Booz2go was a controversial venture that was developed by a group of Dutch students in 2007; they claimed that this concoction could be sold legally to minors. It was available in 20 gram packets for approximately 1 – 1.5 euros. The controversial aspect of Booz2go stemmed from quotes like, “Because the alcohol is not in liquid form, we can sell it to people below 16.”
Evgeny Moskalev – Alcohol Pill
Reported in 2009, Evgeny Moskalev, a professor of Saint Petersburg Technological University, developed a technique to turn alcohol into a powder. The techniques developed by Moskalev allowed him to convert any kind of alcohol — including wine and beer — into a powdered form. Unfortunately, its downfall was in the taste. Moskalev learned to “can” ethanol drops into capsules and did it by adding alcohol to melted wax. This resulted in a waxy tasking cocktail — not exactly a product popular with taste aficionados.