The Strangest Food I Ever Ate: Astronaut Food

The Strangest Food I Ever Ate: Astronaut Food

Dana Velden
Jul 29, 2009

When I was a child, we were mad for all things "aerospace." The USA had put a man on the moon and a couple of years later every child sat down to a glass of Tang at the breakfast table. I was too little to know just what I was drinking (ingredients list below the jump) but it sure was cool. Even cooler were something called Space Food Sticks...

Space Food Sticks were the first power bar. They were designed to deliver astronauts a shot of energy and nutrition in the form of a small, play dough-like cylinder that would fit through the little hole in their large bubble helmets.

They we all the rage for a while, until the energy crisis hit in the mid-70's and the space program dried up. Tang survived but Space Food Sticks disappeared...until recently. It appears loyal fans have found a way to bring them back. They stock what I remember to be my favorite flavor--peanut butter-- as well as chocolate.

(Image: Funky Food Shop)

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