A modified version of Space Food Sticks went to the moon on Apollo 11, Apollo 12, and Apollo 15. Used as contingency food should astronauts remain confined within their pressure suits, they were velcroed onto the astronauts’ helmets for easy reach. In 1973, another modified version of the Sticks appeared on the menu on Skylab 3.
“Space Food Sticks are one of the all-time coolest spin-offs from the space program,” says Eric Lefcowitz, president of the Space Foods Sticks Preservation Society. This (1969) was the first time that civilians got to eat the food of the gods and, back then, the gods were astronauts. Over the years Space Food Sticks have emerged as pop culture icons from the glory days of the moon landings. They have been referenced on “The Simpsons” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the books of R.L. Stine, and the film “Super Eight.”
The original Space Food Sticks were described as a “non-frozen balanced energy snack in rod form containing nutritionally balanced amounts of carbohydrate, fat and protein.” They came in several flavors including caramel, chocolate, malt, mint, orange and peanut butter.