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The best food and drink, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on June 19, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef Meat Entrée
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Mountain House Biscuits and Gravy Snack/Side
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mount Hagen Organic Fairtrade Instant Coffee Coffee
$52
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Coffee
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles Meat Entrée
$9 - $10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Good To-Go Thai Curry Vegetarian Entrée
$7 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Good To-Go Smoked Three Bean Chili Vegetarian Entrée
$7 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nuun Active Hydration Tablets Drink
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Provisions Organic Green Lentil Soup Soup
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries Breakfast
$6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Backpacker's Pantry Louisiana Red Beans & Rice Vegetarian Entrée
$6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Good To-Go Herbed Mushroom Risotto Vegetarian Entrée
$7 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Honey Stinger Energy Waffle Bar
$1 - $22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2 - $32
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Peak Refuel Sweet Pork & Rice Meat Entrée
$14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountain House Pasta Primavera Vegetarian Entrée
$8 - $9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix Drink
$1 - $22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountain House Breakfast Skillet Breakfast
$11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Good To-Go Granola Breakfast
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Good To-Go Pad Thai Entrée
$7 - $14
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce Meat Entrée
$9
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Mountain House Chicken Teriyaki with Rice Meat Entrée
$11
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Clif Shot Gel/Chew
$1 - $30
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Mountain House Rice & Chicken Meat Entrée
$9
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Backpacker's Pantry Pad Thai Vegetarian Entrée
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Kathmandu Curry Vegetarian Entrée
$11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Indian Red Lentil Stew Vegetarian Entrée
$11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Good To-Go Indian Vegetable Korma Vegetarian Entrée
$7 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$3 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kate's Real Food Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Tram Bar Bar
$3 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Peak Refuel Homestyle Chicken & Rice Meat Entrée
$13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Alpine Start Dairy-Free Coffee + Creamer Instant Latte Coffee
$9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Hungarian Goulash Vegetarian Entrée
$11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Milk and Blueberries Breakfast
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Irish Shepherd's Pie Vegetarian Entrée
$11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Mini Waffles Bar
$6 - $7
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Backpacker's Pantry Creme Brulee Dessert
$6
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Clif Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2 - $25
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Bananas & Milk Breakfast
$9
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
GU Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$1 - $36
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UnTapped Gels Gel/Chew
$35
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Alpine Start Original Blend Medium Roast Instant Coffee Coffee
$9 - $25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Nut Butter Filled Bar Bar
$2 - $14
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bushka’s Kitchen Lentil Lunch Vegetarian Entrée
$14
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bushka’s Kitchen Unstuffed Pepper with Ground Bison Meat Entrée
$14
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Next Mile Meals Italian Meatball Meat Entrée
$14
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Cracker Bar with Protein Bar
$36
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exo Cricket Energy Bar Bar
$30
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rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Stowaway Gourmet Wild Boar Bacon Bean Stew

Another hit from a newer company. Continuing to work my way through the Stowaway Gourmet catalog (as it becomes available), we come to their Wild Boar Bacon and Bean Stew. What is Wild Boar Bacon?  Apparently, it is "feral pig" meat, cured as a bacon. Easy. Thick cuts of belly meat, just like standard upscale supermarket bacon, as evidenced by strong marbling and a great whack of salt. (I suspect that most of the sodium in this meal comes from the bacon.) But savor that thick, chewy cut of meat… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
AlpineAire Spicy Sausage Bolognese

Good portion, but not very exciting to eat. Functional if you are hungry. It just didn't live up to expectations.   Another mid-trip on-trail review, so please pardon the format.    This meal sounded good on the label, but was not very joyful in camp. Filled the belly, but not with happiness.  Instructions & Ingredients:     I tried using the EZ fill method and regretted it. Use the full 2 cups of water.      Dining Experience:    It looked and smelled promising when I opened the… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Backpacker's Pantry Mashed Potatoes & Gravy with Beef

Simple, satisfying food that is exactly what the label says. Tasty goo! Mashed Potatoes & Gravy with Beef Needed a few extra meals and grabbed one of these. Posting this mid-trip so apologies for the rough format.   Instructions & Ingredients:   I gave it the 2 cups of water it asked for, mixing well and letting it sit for over 20 minutes. It was perfect with goo and meat but no crunch. The package was a great insulator keeping the goo hot . Nutrition:   Dining Experience:    Dry it… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Gnarly Nutrition Hydrate

Gnarly Nutrition's Hydrate solutions is the perfect companion for outdoor athletes. It's designed with electrolytes and B vitamins to support hydration and energy. Athletes have been known to sweat anywhere between 0.8 and 1.4 liters per hour. The exertion and physical activity stresses the body out, ultimately building strength and endurance. But it's very easy to become dehydrated if you're not careful to replenish the fluids that you lose during each activity. Gnarly Nutrition's Hydrate mix is… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Stowaway Gourmet Las Pollos Hermanas

Spicy! Right. Another dish from Stowaway Gourmet. Another dayhike, with this meal eaten for the express purpose of testing things before serious backpacking begins. Down to business. Las Pollos Hermanas: Chicken Sisters. One expects chicken. One gets...chicken. Big, identifiable, flavorful chunks of chicken. And spice. So much spice. Just only barely this side of too much spice. And I like spicy food. Actually, it wasn't that spicy, but it was spicy enough that it was difficult to differentiate… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Backpacker's Pantry Mashed Potatoes & Gravy with Beef

Quick and easy, surefire side dish or light dinner. Once again, in search of the perfect mashed potato breakfast meal, I returned to Backpacker's Pantry. Their past offerings have been stellar. Would this be a repeat? Sadly, no. Rehydration, even of the beef chunks, was a breeze. It's never a guarantee that red meat will actually or fully rehydrate, but this did. The mash was, as ever from BP, excellent. But the gravy...something ain't right, there. I mean, it's a beef gravy, so the overall brown… Full review

rated 1.5 of 5 stars
Readywise Open Range Cheesy Potato Soup

SALT. BOMB. Years ago, Backpacker's Pantry offered a cheesy bacon mashed potato "sidedish" that was the perfect breakfast. It went out of production, and I have been searching for a suitable replacement ever since.   This isn't it. If I had read the packaging a little more closely, I would have noted that this "meal" contains 104% of one's rda of sodium. If I had read the packaging a little more closely, I would have noticed that sodium is listed in the ingredients in no less than ELEVEN separate… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Peak Refuel Sweet Pork & Rice

An excellent balance of sweet and spicy. Surprisingly good. I had eaten a Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork not too long ago.  And it was waaaaaay too sweet. Like, I couldn't finish it sweet. So I was very wary of this offering, although I'd had good luck with Peak Refuel in the past. I was happily surprised by the balance of spice to sweetness. Upon opening the package, HUGE chunks of pork greeted me. I followed the directions to the letter, and the pork shredded out nicely when stirred, fully… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Stowaway Gourmet Jambalaya with Shrimp

Fantastic, and a fantastic diversion from the usual freeze-dried fare. Big, easily identifiable chunks of vegetables. Big, whole shrimp. Delicious sauce. Almost perfect. I added an extra half cup of water and gave it an extra five minutes of "cooking" time, and it was just about perfect. A couple pieces of shrimp were just a little chewy—that's it, the rest were *perfect*.  The flavor was authentic compared to most every jambalaya I've had—right down to that sort of weird I-don't-know what… Full review