I remember the commercials that had the astronaut eating them
through a hole in the shield on his helmet - I had to have them after
that one! This was the age of Tang (we begged our mom to buy it
because it was what they had in space but we didn't like to drink it -
but we did like to eat it dry with our fingers! But I sure miss those
Space Food Sticks!
I loved taking these on trips for a quick snack and loved them as
an after school snack. I have been craving these things lately for
Snacks for school...something to eat while I played with my Major Matt
--Desert Hot Springs, CA
My mother and grandmother first bought my brother, sister and I
Space Food Sticks when they were introduced so that people could
"eat the food that the astronauts eat", kind of thing. We
loved them so much that muy mother stopped buying them because we ate
them up so fast. However, my grandmother kept a supply of them in her
cupboard for our visits to her so we ate them there. As I recall,
there were different flavors and we LOVED them!
I have inquired, for years, about my favorite childhood snack. Some
time ago, my older brother informed me that they were called Space
Food Sticks. So here I am researching it and there you are trying to
bring them back. I recall them as being a delicious chocolate snack.
Eating them while watching the Partridge Family, or for a snack at
a slumber party. Eating them with my best friend, Marsha!
Every day as kid, my mom would pack my lunch for school and I
remember the chocolate food sticks right along with my Del Monte fruit
I still crave them to this day! I had a box of caramel, and a box
of chocolate ones in my top drawer, and I found it almost impossible
not to eat them all at once, but they were special, so I tried to eat
them slowly. I was devastated when they stopped making them! Bring
them back please! Hey, why can't I click both yes buttons on the
survey page. Pushing one deletes the other. Try it! CJ in Texas
--Round Rock, TX
I can remember getting Space Food sticks from our Air Force Base
commissary when I was a kid. Many a time have I told my sister:
"What I wouldn't give to have a Space Food Stick now."
I attacked the box as soon as my Mom came home from the store. I'd
tear into the wrappers, roll up the stick and eat it in a single bite.
YUM!! If there's still a market for Tang, there has to be a market for
Space Food Sticks.
The thing I remember most about Space Food Sticks was each kids
overwhelming need to have this item in their lunch sack. Bringing your
own lunch from home was always considered "cooler" than
eating the school's hot lunches, but adding the Space Food Sticks
just...heh heh...sent your "cool" rating right into orbit! I
did not know they were on the market into the 1980's, my memories seem
to put them more around '69 and '70, about the same time as that other
great food item, "Shakapudding" (I may have spelled that
wrong.) Do kids today get as excited over things like neat and
trending food items as we did in the years of the Moon launches? I
would buy them today if I saw them at the store, no doubt about it!
As an adolescent, I had a problem of passing out. My Mother bought me
space food sticks to give me extra nutrition. I ate at least one a
day, sometimes more. I adored those sticks and would love to see them
I sure miss them, I have asked so many people it they have heard of
them and I have only found one person that has.. My mother use to put
them in our school lunches.
I remember pretending they were cigarettes. My sister and I would
fight over them. They were definitely prized possessions. I loved
thinking the men in space really ate those sticks.
Ok, I sincerely hope you have some sort of insider's knowledge here. I
mean, teasing us by suggesting that this stuff might actually
"become available" again is just not right...Ha,ha. To be
honest with you, I actually emailed Pillsbury a year or two ago. I
admit, my email must have sounded a little pathetic. I mean, I even
tried to convince the company to try to come up with any old, moldy
box of the stuff they might have in storage. They were quite cordial
with their response (even though I was obviously experiencing a severe
new-mommy-hormonal-hysterical-craving for a flavor that was so long
gone...) In short, they told me that they had no left-over Space Food
Sticks and that they didn't intend to reproduce them at any time in
the future...Sigh...Oh well...Thanks so much for the website. Over the
years I have searched for any candy or "snack" that might
have a flavor remotely close to my beloved space sticks. Of course,
nothing has even come close. My mom used to buy them by the truckload
(it seems) for my brother and me. I remember watching "Land of
the Lost," "HR Puffinstuff," and other various
mind-altering kids' shows while munching my space sticks.
--Downers Grove, IL
I loved space food sticks. In an era of Mattel "Incredible
Edibles" (root beer and caramel centipedes and spiders), Space
Food Sticks were like a health food alternative AND they were fun!
Going skiing with my parents at White Pass, Wash. When lunch time
came, I knew I would be unwrapping a tasty, foil-covered snack. It was
the highlight of the day!
I was the reason the Life Savers' ads showed fussy children calming
down for a Life Saver, EXCEPT, I was stuck a a political rally with my
parents, and the Space Stick is what kept me from having an all out
Glad there are so many other fans of these tasty treats out there.
They were a favorite for car road trips/family vacations.
I can still remember going to the super market with my mom and
grabbing a couple boxes of peanut butter and chocolate space sticks.
It was such a wonderful site looking up and seeing shelve fulls of
space sticks in all their glory. Peanut butter was the best and the
were best eaten after 30 - 45 minutes in your pocket and then rolled
into a ball. Life was good, oh yes, life was good.
For some reason, I remember eating peanut butter flavored one on the
way home from pre-school with my mom. I couldn't recall what they were
until I visited this site. I want one now!
Ate them voraciously at swim meets, in hopes that would grow up to be
an astronaut. Have featured them in Cameo appearance in important
I have the fondest memories of space food sticks! I remember
thinking how lucky I was that my Mom bought them for us often- they
were my favorite snack. For some reason she would never buy TANG-
which I always asked for, but always got us SFS. I think she liked
--San Francisco, CA
Yippee! I thought I was the only one who remembered these! I can
recall being in my parent's neighbour's pantry....they always fed us
tons of these. I loved chocolate the most. Ever since I became a
PowerBar addict I started thinking about SpaceFood Sticks. The
Powerbars seem similar, if my memory serves.
I loved them. They were great snacks at school and on trips. They
would be even better today when people need to eat something
nutricious in a hurry
--Point Reyes, CA
I had a hideout where I'd keep Pillsbury Food Sticks when I'd hide out
and read next to a creek not too far from the house. In high school, I
took a boyfriend back there - it had to be six or seven years later,
and tucked away behind some rocks were a couple of doll accessories, a
bookmark and three food sticks, still in their wrappers.
Yes, they were still good!
--Long Beach CA
OMG! I miss them sooo much! I contacted Nabisco to ask how they made
them so that I could make them myself, but they only responded saying
they were discontinued and could not release the receipe because of
copyright reasons or something like that... Kinda sux.. they wont make
them, and they wont let us make them either. I did put my two cents in
and asked them to bring them back anyhow!!! Do you really think
they'll bring them back?
I remember my mom buying these things box after box and me eating them
in my lunch box just as fast as I could. I'm sure that they were good
for me, weren't they? They were endorsed by NASA I think.
Oh my gosh, they were wonderful! We always bought a box of peanut
butter flavored sticks when at the grocery store! We really believed
they were the future!!
Having grown up in western Kansas, I remember eating space food
sticks while I watched a local program called Major Astro! I know my
kids would love them! Please bring them back!
My mother never bought us anything cool as kids, I always had
hand-me-downs from the neighbors, BUT! Space Food Sticks were on sale,
and she bought a case of them. I was instantly cool.
--San Jose, CA 95128
Chocolate space food sticks (sliced into 1/4" bits, palced on
top of peanut butter on Wonder Bread - Yum...
I remember buying food sticks at school. I attended a Catholic school
in Florida, and during lunch we could buy Little Debbie snacks, food
sticks, and Carvel ice cream sandwiches (called "flying
saucers") for dessert. Then one day they just disappeared, you
couldn't find them anymore.
I remember the commercials and bugging my mom to buy these for me
when I was about 9 years old. I remember the peanut butter and
chocolate flavors. They were unlike anything else. Those little paper
wrappers with the aluminum on the inside were cool. I was the envy of
I was in the school cafeteria, Karen traded me a Space Food Stick (I
forget what my part of the bargain was) but it was this wonderful,
malty, chocolatey, almost eggy? flavor. It one of my most vivid
flavor/food memories and I've been trying to hunt them down for years.
My hat is off to you in your quest to bring them back. God speed.
On Saturday mornings the groceries wouldn't even be out of the car
before I'd gone through half a box of them.
My brother and I used to call these "Energy Sticks"! We
always got the chocolate ones and I loved them! I'm sure it's mostly
nostalgia and they really DO taste like chocolate flavored rubber
bands, but I'd love to see them brought back!!!!
I used to eat these by the boxload! Chocolate was my favorite.
What I remember most is the texture. It was gritty, yet
melt-in-your-mouth, at the same time! I used to love these as a kid!
--Mission Viejo, CA
I've been trying to describe these to my children for years! There is
nothing on the market that compares to them -- BRING THEM BACK, JUST
AS THEY WERE! (no "improvements, please)
I loved space food sticks. They were all good then, but I was only
ten years old. Now I have young kids. Bring em back!
--Carson City NV