Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Did You Know Tuesday: Space Food Sticks

In honor of the anniversary of the first moon walk (June 20, 1969), let's look at Space Food Sticks today.

Dr. Howard Bauman created Space Food Sticks for Pillsbury. Before working for Pillsbury, Dr. Bauman created the first solid food consumed by an astronaut (small food cubes for Scott Carpenter, Aurora 7, 1962). 

Space Food Sticks were first sold in 1970.  They were marketed for children, and I will admit that they often made their way into my lunchbox. Space Food Sticks came in several flavors. They were chewy but soft. I loved the peanut butter variety!

Astronauts on Skylab 3 (1972) ate these sticks in space.   Unfortunately, they disappeared from grocery shelves in the 1980's.  They have been revived in recent years by Nestle in Australia, but went back out of production in 2014.

This is an early package design, as I remember this product from the early 1970's.

This box (late 1970's to 1980's from the graphics) is for Chewy Chocolate Space Food Sticks.

And ... a fun commercial from the 1970's!

Do you remember Space Food Sticks? What was your favorite flavor? I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.