OMeals Smoked Cheese Bites
Historic Range: $4.49-$16.99
A trail snack that sounded much better than it tasted. Texture was also unpleasant.
- Resealable packaging
Generally speaking, I really like cheese, particularly smoked cheeses like Swiss, Gouda, and cheddar. While I would never expect a dehydrated cheese snack intended for backcountry use to taste the exactly same as a freshly smoked cheese, I do expect there to be a close resemblance. However, instead of smoked cheese, this snack tastes a bit more like burned cheese with plenty of salt. I asked a friend to try them with me, so as to get a second opinion, and his feedback was, “Had you not told me what it was, I probably would not have guessed this was cheese.”
The texture is somewhat perplexing to me. I had assumed these would be either soft and almost gummy-like or crisp and almost Cheetos-like. The actual product is somewhere in the middle, and for me, that is not a welcome texture. If they were softer, they could more easily be added to campstove-cooked meals like pasta, rice, or chili, and if they were crunchier, they could more easily be snacked on, almost like a chip or crisp. Because they are in the middle of that texture spectrum, I found it difficult to get past the texture.
Weight and Structural Integrity:
This is a very lightweight snack at only 2 oz. (57g), so it is very easy to take along on a hike, paddle, pedal, etc. Even when squished at the bottom of a pack, the bites held their shape pretty well and didn’t crumble.
In addition to the Nutritional Facts (see image below), the manufacturer claims "A good source of calcium," "100% gluten-free," and "high in protein".
An easy-to-open and easy-to-close, resealable package is a must for this kind of trail snack and that is exactly what Omeals delivered with the packaging of this product. I did not eat the entire package in one sitting, so I closed them up and finished them off later in the day. After finishing the cheese bites, I reused the bag for storing garbage in until getting back home, since it was easy to reseal.
Taste is very subjective, so maybe this is someone’s favorite snack of all time, but for me, the combination of unpleasant taste and odd texture means I won’t be taking another bag of these cheese bites into the backcountry anytime soon.
Source: received it as a personal gift