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We have not reviewed camping meals before. We kinda…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $5
We have not reviewed camping meals before. We kinda buy them to have as an easy take along for canoe camping, and we usually use brands that are common and well-known. Recently, I used this item as an 'add-on" to a Sierra Trading Post order. I had never heard of this company, since they specialize in jerky and meats, which we do not eat. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of this apple dessert (or breakfast).
- Lots of apples and cranberries
- Apples soften in designated time
- A bit too sweet
- MSRP seems high
When canoe camping, we often use freeze-dried entrees, since we often head out on a whim, and we can just grab the packets we need from the gear room, add some fresh fruit, or other goodies. We rarely use freeze-dried, pre-packaged desserts, since frankly, we have been unimpressed with their quality.
I had never heard of Hi Mountain Seasonings company, as they appear to be primarily distributed in the Western states. So when I saw this dessert, at a sale price ($5), reduced from msrp of $7.99, I decided to give it a try. When the evenings begin to get cooler, a hot dessert can be a nice finish to a day of canoeing and camping. My husband loves apple dessert, and is quite picky, so I knew this was a risk.
However, we were actually impressed! The packet has large and small apple chunks, as well as cranberries; it was ready in the instructed time of 15 minutes after adding 2 c. boiling water, with soft apples, and a warm caramel sauce. The mix is a bit sweet, and the addition of the enclosed granola can help lessen the sweetness a bit.
I think that it can also serve more folks than the 2 servings indicated; the sweetness means a smaller serving is probably enough for most folks.
I suppose this could be a nice warm breakfast item, but we enjoyed it by the setting sun, sitting by our canoe on a lake, as the temperatures began to drop.
Its availability for us would be online, and I certainly would consider throwing it in with another online gear order.