Astro Pops were first made in 1963 after two â€˜Rocket Scientistsâ€™ working on the space program in El Segundo, Ca decided to quit their jobs and create the Astro PopÂ®, modeling the pop after a three-stage rocket. Being actual â€˜Rocket Scientistsâ€™ they built special equipment to make the cone-wrappers at high-speed along with other equipment made by hand. Astro PopsÂ® were very unusual to manufacture because the cone-wrapper became the mold for the candy. Hot candy was poured directly into the wrapper, then a paper stick was added and capped off with a layer of wax. Astro Pops were created at the perfect time in history when the â€˜Space Raceâ€™ was in full force, kids were drinking TangÂ® and eating Astro PopsÂ®, dreaming of going into space. Millions and millions of Astro PopsÂ® were sold!