Food of the Seventies, Pillsbury Food Sticks

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these came out about when astronaut stuff was big (e.g., Tang, etc.). thtey were skinny little snacks, kinda like a 4- or 5-inch tootsie roll. about 10-12 came in a red box -- peanut butter and chocolate were two main flavor options -- each individually wrapped. they RULED. and i miss them.
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Sarah - April 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Food Sticks were my favorite snack. My dad worked at Pillsbury, and brought them home by the cases. They had chocolate, peanut butter, and carmel. I sure wish they still existed. They were the best!!
Erik - April 24, 2008 - Report this comment
A friend and I were talking about the food sticks last night at dinner. I did a web search and found a new version at I ordered some at 29.00 a box, hope they are worth it!
April - October 14, 2008 - Report this comment
Thank you! I have been thinking about these snacks for a couple of years now. I thought they were Pillsbury, but I wasn't sure. Everyone I ask can't remember them. My mom used to put them in my lunch. I miss them too!
kathy - October 27, 2008 - Report this comment
does anyone know way they do not make food sticks anymore i loved them
jeff - February 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I really miss those wonderful pillsbury food sticks. they were great !!!!! please bring them back !!
Trea - February 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I sure do miss the food sticks. Pillsbury needs to make them again. I love them!!!!!!!!!
Mike - April 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Has anyone tried the ones from The pillsbury ones were great when I was a kid.
Laura - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I loooooved food sticks when I grew up in the '70s and have often though of them. They were sooo good. Never had a food stick I didn't like.
Dave - June 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved food sticks. I could eat a whole box in obne sitting when I was a kid. The food of Astronauts. They tasted like candy, but were not candy. Why did they get rid of them? They sell them today as energy bars or energy rolls.
barbara - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember them! I was really little and we called them "Spastics" (LOL-Really!) I have thought of them from time to time and just recently looked them up--I found them at "Old Fashioned" They have SO MANY candies from MANY decades--check it out! I may have to order them!
cris - September 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Just now at a garage sale I bought a box of Pillsbury Food Sticks with the original price tag of 59¢(!), chewy chocolate mint flavor. I remember eating these and liking them as a kid, so it was so cool finding this box – completely unopened with the original sticker stamp price tag on it. But here's the thing folks, despite the fact that it was promoted as a "nutritionally balanced food," just one look at the nutrition facts on the side of the box is enough to make your heart palpitate a little (and not in the good way). It's interesting to see how they broke things down back then. The units of measurement are just a percentage referred to as "Approximate Nutritional Analysis." And in this case we’re talking 10% protein, 13% fat (partially hydrogenated - yum), and 68% carbohydrates. The first three ingredients in those food sticks we all remember so fondly are sugar, corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (with freshness preserves - hooray!). There’s the other stuff you’d expect like cocoa powder and chocolate, water and nonfat dry milk. I don’t see mint anywhere; maybe that’s the “natural and artificial flavors.” What do you suppose could get considered natural flavor back then? The rest of the ingredients are a bunch of vitamin fillers and something called orthophosphate – I don’t know what that is. I can vaguely remember how they tasted – good but kind of vitaminey. Anyway, nothing I’m into eating these days but it’s a fun trip down memory lane and I’m going to send it to my sister to see if she remembers them. The advertising is really fun, makes me smile. They called it “The Food for Busy People.” Hmm, I’m pretty busy these days…maybe I should eat it! I wonder if the freshness has been preserved enough. Copyright is 1971 – waddya think – still edible? :-D
NK - December 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Chris, can you post a picture of the FoodSticks you recently bought at that garage sale?
Chuck - June 19, 2011 - Report this comment
My Uncle worked for Pillsbury in Ohio and would bring the chocolate home buy the case. I would always get in trouble for eating the entire case. I think Pillsbury should bring them back just like we are bringing back all the old cartoons in the movies. They seem to be a hit so why not!!
kris - July 04, 2011 - Report this comment
i remember eating something like that but i dont know the name of them. kinda bland and doughy and came in white indv. thick wrappers. wish someone, anyone could help me.
Stefanie - July 12, 2011 - Report this comment
Ahhhhhhhhh...........good memories of the food sticks :) The one's advertised now don't taste ANYTHING like I recall the old ones did, but the SMELL was close enough to recall enjoying them completely
Mary - July 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I've been thinking about these things for years now but couldn't remember what they were called. Wish Pillsbury would make them again. It's been 35+ years but I can remember exactly where they were in the grocery store and I was only 5 or 6. Funny how some things are such vivid memories!
Kellie DeLord - April 13, 2013 - Report this comment
ANN CROFTON - August 26, 2013 - Report this comment
I love them too! Wish they were still available for my kids.
Shawn Burgher - August 01, 2014 - Report this comment
Got one in every Easter basket. Fond memories of food sticks.
LD - January 14, 2015 - Report this comment
My grandma always had these and Tang onhand. We could not afford these at home and they were both great treats! One thing we did have at home was Libby's Fruit Flip...a canned fruit in creamy sauce that, as a kid, I liked. Not so sure I'd flip over Fruit Flip now, though...
Tj - August 01, 2015 - Report this comment
I cannot find them now, but I remember them to be Amazing! I really would like them to make a come back.
Rob Lambert - August 02, 2015 - Report this comment
Aka Space Food Sticks. This was just another novelty food item coinciding with the Apollo XI moon landing. Pillsbury discontinued them in 1971 amidst a steady sales decline. Kids expected these to taste like candy. They weren't supposed to. They were supposed to simulate food the astronauts ate in their spacecraft. Despite all the successful lunar missions since 1969, demand for Space Food Sticks to come back has been marginal.
Beth - November 25, 2015 - Report this comment
No, they most definitely weren't discontinued in 1971, or my sister and I wouldn't remember them. I'm not surprised to read about the ingredients in them—-it's surprising to see what we considered "food" at the time.
Ac - July 10, 2017 - Report this comment
Thought they were. Soy?

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