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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-24-2006 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Retrofuture Products release
Retrofuture Launches Space Food Sticks

Retrofuture Products LLC has re-launched Space Food Sticks, the classic astro-snack first developed for early space missions. Retrofuture President Eric Lefcowitz says, "We're confident fans of the original will love the taste and we're happy a whole new generation of Sticks fans will get an opportunity to find out about this unique treat."

The inimitable chewy snack — available in chocolate and peanut butter — was originally developed in the late 1960s for NASA. Back then nobody knew what an energy bar was so Pillsbury came up with the whimsical name Space Food Sticks and a legend was born. A fixture in lunch boxes during the peak years of the space race, Space Food Sticks were considered manna of the Gods — in this case, the Gods were named Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin — and junior astronauts everywhere took them to their hearts.

"We seemed to have tapped into a happy generational memory," Lefcowitz says of the website he founded in 2001. "People have fond memories of their favorite foods from when they were young and Space Food Sticks really defines a place and time in their lives."

During the development process, Lefcowitz received thousands of emails from fans of the original products encouraging him to keep going. He feels without that support the Sticks would have been lost in space forever. "The re-launching of Space Food Sticks(TM) is truly an Internet phenomenon," he says, citing Google stats from his website Retrofuture.com as a leading indicator that the interest was there.

Why are people so excited about a snack that hasn't been around for nearly three decades?

"Several reasons," answers Lefcowitz. "First of all, the taste and texture of Space Food Sticks is unique. There is nothing quite like it. Also, people are searching for something future-oriented, upbeat and optimistic, not only for themselves but for their kids."

Parents buying the new Sticks for their children will be pleased by the bite-sized "portion control" pieces containing only 21 calories. "Space Food Sticks were a cutting-edge product for their time," says Lefcowitz, "and we wanted to continue that tradition by offering a product that allows people to indulge without over-consuming."

Space Food Sticks not only taste great but offer the perfect between-meal snack with extra protein and a balanced formula of carbohydrates, proteins and fat.

Retrofuture Products is exploring several avenues to sell the products including museums, theme parks and nostalgia candy stores. Space is also on the agenda. In 1973, the Sticks secured a spot on the menu of Skylab 3. Could they do it again? Lefcowitz hopes so, pointing to increasingly active endeavors in the field of private space travel.

"Maybe they could be served as an onboard snack," he says. "That would be so cool."

spaceman1953
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posted 10-25-2006 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeech! I thought the taste was yeechy... I have the original (albeit empty) box of the one and only box I ever talked my parents into buying me.

I liked the "space food in a tube" that was available about the same time, much better.

mikepf
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posted 10-26-2006 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was an almost-teen space enthusiast at the time, but I have no memory of these food sticks. I can't imagine I would not have wanted them if they were in the store.

I do remember making a fuss about trying Tang because the astronauts drank it. Maybe that experience taught me a lesson? Well, if I see them now I'll have to give them a try.

tegwilym
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posted 10-26-2006 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can still imagine the taste of those sticks. I used to eat those all the time when I was a kid — because the astronauts on the moon did! (or so I thought).

I still have fond memories of pulling out the stick (out of the strange paper/plastic and foil wrapper), rolling it up into a ball and playing with it before eating it. I liked the chocolate the best.

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posted 10-26-2006 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There goes my diet. Let's face it, these sticks were awful and Tang was less tasty than orange Metamucil.

spaceman1953
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posted 10-26-2006 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The chocolate Space Food Sticks were the only flavor I tried. They have LOTS of "yeech" comments on their website about the flavor.

mjanovec
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posted 10-26-2006 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A commercial for Space Food Sticks:

Another commercial for Space Food Sticks is here, oddly enough not playing up the space angle at all (but probably trying to appeal to parents instead).

Here's one for another product called Space Energy Sticks.

Gordon Eliot Reade
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posted 06-09-2015 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gordon Eliot Reade   Click Here to Email Gordon Eliot Reade     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This may sound silly but I used to buy Space Food Sticks for my 6th grade students and they loved them. I know, in recent years Space Food Sticks weren't the genuine article. They were more like a repackaged energy bars and not very good ones at that. But does anyone know if they're still sold? I’d like to buy them again. Thank you!

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