Thanks mainly to the generosity of several vendors, I have assembled a wide variety of meal replacement/ snack bars to try out [until they’re gone].
Leslie Hupp from HuppyBar, Carrie Forbes from Gutsey Bars, and Elizabeth Hooks of Kate’s Real Food were quite kind to take me [and the Moosenut Falls blog] seriously enough to send out selections of each of the flavors in their full line of offerings. All of these are non-GMO, organic and, basically “responsible” eating alternatives to some of the more widely available trail food bars. I will be doing a feature on each of the lines down the road. As well, these ones at least, will be going with me to a large, group hammock hang down outside Boston next weekend… we are going to have a Trail Bar Sampling Buffet! …and that is in addition to the traditionally enormous quantities of other food we will be cooking and consuming. My man Snagglepuss will once again be bringing his full, double-door gas smoker, so the food should be truly outrageous!
The rest of the stash shown above came from REI’s outdoor goodies rack, and the snack and breakfast bar section down at my big-box grocery. I wanted to sample some of the varieties that I have seen or heard mentioned but haven’t tried out yet, so I actually let some of the moths escape my wallet and spent money. Just for fun I am also tossing in a “HooAh” bar from my MREs and the [similar] Mocha snack bar out of an USDoD First Strike package in to the review process.
The result is that I have enough snacks to nibble one every day for nearly a month. Out of consideration for the donations from the vendors, I will be hitting up [ie: wolfing down!] their offerings ASAP, and then doing the others in a more hit-and-miss style.
Right now my real job is to keep my hands off these until I get to the hang!
[Additionally, through the willingness and generosity of some other outdoors vendors, I will also be able to contribute a “Bug Juice Buffet” to try out insect repellant offerings, and a Food-Coma-Recovery Area of “day hangers” featuring some smaller hammocks than those the majority of us use for our actual sleeping. More to come… if I survive.]
Post-Hang Edit: Unfortunately, but predictably, we ate only a few of the trail bars. There was so much food coming off the grill and out of the smoker that no-one had room to spare. I kept offering and people would look at me with that, “You’ve GOT to be kidding”, look on their faces. It IS hard to compete with 5lb of venison roast, smoked beef short ribs, sausages and Moinks[don’t ask], cast-iron cooked brisket, and BACON.