I am a 39 year old male and remember the small brown stick just a
little thinner than a tootsie roll. I remember the shiny lining inside
the foil wrap. I remember cramming two or three in my pocket before
heading off to school. I don't remember when they were taken off the
I have searched the world over for a snack that tasted as good as
the Peanut butter flavored Space Food Sticks.
I REMEMBER OPENING THE PLASTIC WRAPER, EATING THEM OUT OF MY MEAL
We knew them as "astronaut food", and had them only at my
grandma's house. For all we knew, they were only available in her
town! They are one of a few specific things that I will always
remember about going to grandma's house. She had a metal two-door
pantry type cabinet finished in white enamel and that's where the
astronaut food was kept. We always had chocolate ones. I'll never
forget going into the cabinet, getting out the foil-sleeved sticks,
and tasting that wonderful flavor and texture. Grandma died in 1978
and I never had them again. I never even knew what they were really
called until they were mentioned in a segment on Food TV (thanks Food
TV!!). Once I had the real name I did an internet search and found
this site. I dearly wish they would bring them back!!!
I just loved the texture of them--they were chocolate, but softer
than a candy bar. I want them now!
--New Rochelle, NY
I don't know what made me think of Space Food Sticks (I'm 37 years old
and haven't seen them around since i was a kid) but this morning I did
a search in Altavista... Lo' and behold, someone *actually* has a site
about them. My brothers and I especially loved the chocolate ones.
We'd roll them into little tiny balls, stick the little balls together
in the shape of a turd and convince our friends we were eating poop.
C'mon Pillsbury... bring 'em back!!!
I've been racking my brain for years trying to remember what it was
that i loved so much as a kid, and I finally saw them again yesterday
on TV, the only thing I could say was wooo hooo..that's what they
were...SPACE FOOD STICKS!
I remember when I was young and we were about to land on the moon;
July 20,1969, that space food sticks were "very" popular. It
made me feel more connected with the men of apollo 11. It was one of
man's greatest achievements. So I remember eating those space food
sticks and watching the moon thinking that there are human being's
there. It was incredible!!!
--Arroyo Grande, CA
I was watching the tv program Food Unwrapped and saw a segment on
Space Food Snacks and I have to admit I hadn't thought about them in
years. But I do remember them and I loved them!!! I used to eat one
with breakfast every day religiously. My favorite was the peanut
I don't remember a specific memory but over thirty years later I can
still remember the taste and would give anything to have one in my
hand tasting it for real instead of just the memory.
My name is Karel. I have been talking about space food sticks for
the last 10 years, trying to find someone who remembers the delicious,
nutritious snack that made us kids feel like we were on a special
mission to the moon!
--Glens Falls, New York
You have single-handedly transported me back in time to my
childhood where a simple, perfect snack made me feel important. It
truly gave me the extra boost I needed to feel not so small ... to run
faster than my brother and to show the boys on my hardball team that I
could throw farther than any of them! Thank you, thank you.
For years I could never remember the name of the taste I could never
forget. My first taste of Space Food Sticks was when I was eight years
old growing up in Bryan, Texas. SFS were the greatest. Me, my buddy
Willy, a box of Space Food Sticks and a self made treehouse. God, it
was never better.
I grew up with Space Sticks in Hawaii. For years I remembered some
sort of rolled peanut butter candy my Mom would buy for me but could
never remember the name. On Food TV's "Unwrapped" they
showed a collector of old products and he highlighted the Space Food
Sticks. Wow, finally I could put a name to it. These were the
greatest! Good peanut taste and the cool foil wrapper! Bring them
As soon as my mom would bring them home , I would eat the whole box!
The best food I ever had.
I can't believe I'm not the only one! This was absolutely my
favorite food when I was a little kid. I remember how I adored them.
I used to buy the food sticks for my daughters when they were small
and they loved them. I've been looking for them over the years because
all of a sudden they were off the market and we couldn't find them
I was really surprised to actually find a site dedicated to these
incredible treats. Very few people remember them as I do. The taste of
these remains in my mine only. "Please Bring Them Back"!
I think chocolate was the first one that I tried. After trying (I
think there were 4 flavors) Peanut Butter was the best of all. I never
liked any of the others after I had that one! I remember they were all
individually wrapped and looked like chalk or different colored
tootsie rolls. Really chewy yet homogeneously soft. Peanut
--Studio City, CA
My best food memory from chilhood was climbing up on the counters
to open the cupboard and grab a Space Food Stick!!! If they come back
I'll buy them by the case and tell all my friends to do the same
My Grandmother always had them for her 7 Grandkids and we loved
them. We used to run inot her house and to her pantry and look for
them. We would all love to have them again. Thanks for the memories.
Reading through the memories page, I must say that I thought I was
alone in liking and being nostalgic about those suspicious (yet tasty)
little logs. I can remember scarfing them by the box, and missing them
when I went camping years later. A pity Pillsbury attached the Space
Food label to them.. it likely was the reason for not making them
anymore. Maybe they should go with something more ...timeless.
I was a kid who ate them at bible camp and liked 'em
It is one in the morning here in Texas, and I was looking things up
things that I could remind my sister of in honor of her upcoming 30th
birthday. I found you foodsticks web site, and it made me SO happy to
read all the user comments. I remember food sticks very well, and I
loved them. They were a real treat. Cool concept. I wish they would
bring them back.Are you going to send these comments to Pillsbury to
get them to re-issue
them? Or is this just for fun? Your web site makes it look kind of
serious. Thanks for your site! It brought back great memories!
I don't know what to say. I had forgotten about them, but "space
sticks" were very much a part of life if the 1970s. Did they
really make it into the 1980s? I may well have bought some when I set
out on my own, to San Francisco, in 1984. They were good, they were
tasty, though we all somehow knew they weren't real food. They were
more like Tootsie Rolls, to be sure. Darn it, they sound good now,
--Yeong-her, Taipei, Taiwan
One great childhood memory. My sister and I remember them and have
talked about them for years. Our husbands think we're crazy. Wish
they'd bring them back so our kids could have the same great memories
BRING THEM BACK!!!!! They were a favorite of mine as a kid and,
from what I can discern from various sites online, many other people
remember them fondly as well. Pillsbury needs to get back on track and
reintroduce space food sticks...kids nowadays would love them and for
those of us who grew up in the 70's and ate their weight in them, they
would have a built-in consumer base.
Space Food Sticks!!! Oh my!! Mom always had them in her purse for
the four of us kids. Whether we were at a drive-in movie in the Ford
"Country Squire" station wagon, at home or on vacation. They
were the BEST! We LOVED the peanut butter and chocolate ones. I truly
wish they would bring them back so I could buy them for my son. They
were GREAT! Maybe if we deluged Pillsbury with requests they will
BRING THEM BACK!!!!! OH YEAH! Redmond, OR
My favorite food when I watched 'Battle of the Planets', my
I grew up in the 60's (born in 1961)so I was raised on all types of
what I call "fake foods" you know, manmade stuff such as
processed cheese product (both squares and in a can)etc... Anyway, I
fondly recall my mom buying me Space Food Sticks. I used to love them,
particularly the chocolate (or maybe it was fudge) ones. I've talked
with several of my friends who are my age, but no one else seems to
remember them. I'm extremely pleased then, to find your page. I don't
remember if I loved them for the taste or just because the astronauts
ate them and I was fascinated with anything to do with space and space
travel. I'd have to try them as an adult to decide that.
I recall the early 70's, and having a Space Food stick every
morning for breakfast! I loved them soooo much!
I remember the day like it was yesterday. A big station wagon, the
smelly neighbor kid from across the street, and Space Food Sticks. My
God it was a disgusting day when Chris (the smelly neighbor kid)
stuffed four whole Space Sticks in his mouth and started chewing and
laughing at the same time. Ever since I've had a serious aversion to
Once when my mom was cleaning the house and I was watching TV, I
couldn't resist sneaking a chocolate Space Food Stick so I quietly
snuck into the kitchen and slowly opened the pantry. - I knew that if
Mom heard me, she wouldn't let me have one! I opened the box, grabbed
one and ran back to the couch and right before I opened it, I heard
Mom coming into the den so I put the Space Food Stick behind my back.
Mom looked at me and said "What do you have behind your
back?" Me: "Nothing...." Well "nothing"
really means something (moms always know!) and she grabbed me, saw the
Space Food Stick, took it and gave me a good spanking and made me
kneel in a corner for a half hour. That was the last Space Food Stick
I ever saw. I believe it was early 1970 as I hadn't started school
I don't remember a lot, just the flavor, the packaging. The stickly
goodness. My Major Matt Mason and I both loved em!
1970 awesome snack like modern day energy bars or instead of kudos
or fruit rollups
I was very young when I first tried them and the only flavor I can
remember is chocolate. I always wanted to be an astronaut. Seems to me
they tasted a little like Tootsie Rolls. Anyway, they do bring back
memories of my youth and that ain't a bad thing.
Ahhhh, I used to love those things! I only remember the chocolate.
I was trying to remember what they were called when I saw a show on
Food TV about vintage foods.
I remember growing up that my mom would always buy space food sticks
for me at the store. Then all of the sudden they disappeared. I don't
know who decided to do that but I was sure bummed. Last I heard any
mention of these was on a episode of the Simpsons. I would like these
to come back if at all possible for me and the next generation.
Space Food Sticks were absolutely my favorite snack food in my younger
days. My parents wouldn't buy them because they thought it was a candy
product, so I used to save my allowance in order to buy them. I hope
somebody will bring them back.
I ate these constantly between the years of 1973-1977 or so, when I
lived in Ohio. I never connected it with space, my mom bought them and
gave them to me in my lunch or (more commonly) I'd make off with the
entire box while watching cartoons. I still get a hankering for them
even today. I read a rumor on deja.com that they still sell them in
Australia?? Is that so?
I have spent several months, on and off, trying to remember the name
of these. I had asked many people of my generation and they all
remembered the product and not the name. Finally, hunting on the
internet I found a nostalgia site that had the product listed. I am
still amazed that I couldn't remember they were Space Food Sticks. Now
for my memory of the item.... As a youth I had to try all the new
stuff. Saturday morning cartoons could sell me anything. In the case
of these space food sticks I remember my mom coming home telling me
how expensive they were that I would have to wait a while. When I
finally got them I couldn't wait to try them. I opened the package in
the car and bit into a chocolate flavored space food stick and it was
god awful!!!! I proceeded to eat the whole box within a week only to
ask my mom to buy the peanut butter ones next. I ate these
occasionally there after but always remebering how bad they were. But
hey, if the astronauts ate them I should eat them!
We would always bug Mom to buy them whenever she went to the grocery
store. We loved the chocolate ones!
I'll always remember I couldn't have Space Food Sticks at
home...but my Aunt would always get them for me. I would spend the
weekends with her, and would eat them by the box.
--Millville, New Jersey
I just sat down and started eating a peanut butter flavored
PowerBar (TM) when a long-dormant brain cell was jarred to full
mouth-watering consciousness: "What the..... this reminds me of
something." I had almost forgotten that favorite snack food I
begged my father to purchase for me during my childhood. I wonder when
they quit making them... The mind of a child is fickle and I my
beloved food sticks, became yesterday's news without my full conscious
knowledge. But wouldn't it be grand to have the opportunity to relive
such a flavorful piece of childhood? I may never again believe in
Santa Claus, but I there is always hope that I will someday be able to
savor the taste of a food stick.
I was eating a PayDay candy bar the other day and tried to ignore
the peanut and salt flavors. I almost got a taste of the old peanut
butter space food stick flavor. It was a delightful 'almost' and I'd
LOVE to share these treats with my daughter. My Grandmother kept them
on the highest shelf, but we always managed to get them down. YUM!
I remember they came in peanut butter and chocolate, and they were
made by general foods. came in a foil wrapper that was paper on the
outside. peanut butter sucked by the chocolate were EXCELLENT! sort of
like a tootsie roll made with flour. i wish I had one now. while
they're at it, they should bring back the grapefruit-flavored Tang.
Are you kidding! As a kid in his early teens, they were my absolute
favorite snack. I'm turning 48 this year, and if they were to be put
back on the shelves, I'd buy them even now!
--Little Falls, NY
Wow! Bring back the memories and good times. My Mom used to buy
them on her bi-monthly grocery trips. When she got home from the
store, my siblings (4 of us in all) would scramble for the sticks and
hoard them off to our secret hiding places. I once asked my Mom did
she remember space sticks and she couldn't. Ha! She never got to taste
the flavors as we never shared them with her :)
--Lake Dallas, TX