Space Food Sticks are coming back with an out-of-this-world twist: 5 milligrams of THC.
Partnering up for the re-launch is Retrofuture Products, LLC of Port Washington, New York and The Art of Edibles of Los Angeles.
"It's one small stick for a man," quips Retrofuture owner Eric Lefcowitz, who founded the Space Food Sticks Preservation Society in 2001, "and a tasty one at that."
Initially, cannabis-infused Space Food Sticks will be available in licensed dispensaries in California. Further expansion is planned.
The story of how an iconic snack made the journey from lunch boxes to the legal cannabis market goes back to Howard Bauman, a Pillsbury food scientist who collaborated with US Space agencies in the late 1960s to develop a protein snack that could deliver nutrition and survive the rigors of space travel. Bauman came up with a chewy product that Pillsbury dubbed Space Food Sticks.
Space Food Sticks saw their initial popularity rise and plummet, and by the 1980s, the cult snack had vanished. "I thought they deserved another launch," explains Lefcowitz, who had the original recipe re-engineered, "and eventually the ones I made were sold at the Kennedy Space Center and the Smithsonian Institute."
The product transitioned into a cannabis edible when Lefcowitz met B Le Grand, co-owner of the Art of Edibles facility in downtown LA. Le Grand, who has been publishing Edibles Magazine since 2014, immediately saw the potential.
"Cannabis is a serious and important business but the element of whimsy shouldn't be overlooked,” Le Grand said. “With Space Food Sticks we've captured that spirit of fun that's been missing.”