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I'm having a flashback. A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago has linked directly into my boyhood, finding a site dedicated to that smart, indigestible food of the early '60s known as Space Food Sticks.

Good To Go

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SpacefoodsticksI'm having a flashback. A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago has linked directly into my boyhood, finding a site dedicated to that smart, indigestible food of the early '60s known as Space Food Sticks.

You remember or you don't. If you do, your mouth may be watering for Tang and some ice cold Zarex.

The Space Food Sticks Preservation Society has collected three TV spots and this original newspaper ad on their site, including the news that these highly compressed snacks were some sort of energy food. I just remember the caramel, chocolate and peanut flavors, wrapped in beat-those-Ruskies foil.

Which begs  the question: Just what was I eating as a seven-year-old:

A non-frozen balanced energy snack in rod form containing nutritionally balanced amounts of carbohydrate, fat and protein.

39_1 The site tells how a nostalgic fan, a food scientist and Richardson Brands got together to recreate the taste and texture of the rods. And - best news - how this month two flavors have returned, chocolate and peanut butter, courtesy of Retrofuture Products.

There's been some shrinkage.

Anthony Preziosi
Posted 10/25/2006 11:44:23 AM
I LOVED Space Food Sticks. However, I think it's why I lost my hair.  Generally, I only eat food in Bar form, but I like a rod now and then.
Get those retro-food guys working on the Clark Bar.
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