Back in the '70s, there was no cooler job than astronaut - as evidenced by all the kids hopping around their backyards in Moon Boots, wearing salad spinners on their heads and pretending to shoot martians with battery-operated laser guns. And to help them train for their arduous journey into space, there were Space Food Sticks.
Kind of like a Tootsie Roll, but mushier, Space Food Sticks were available in three flavors -- chocolate, peanut butter and caramel. Like the cheese sticks of the future, they came in little individual sleeves, and -- in that pre-protein bar era -- promised to provide a boost, no matter if you were playing baseball, football, or skipping through the park with your kids (at least that's how they portrayed it in the vintage commercial, below).
Check out this sexy copy from the original box: "The energy snack developed by Pillsbury under a government contract, in support of the U.S. Aerospace program."
If you're feeling brave, you can order some of the out-of-this-world (sorry) snacks here.
Thanks to Michelle R. for the idea!