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Mainstay 2400-Calorie Food Bar
 
 

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  • Mainstay vs Datrex

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    ***Posting this review on both bars***

    I bought both a Mainstay and a Datrex 2400 calorie bar to try out the flavor of each to determine which one I would end up wanting to use in my ditch kits. From some other reviews I thought they might both be the same, they're not. Here's a short review.

    Datrex bars are broken up in to 12 individually sealed 200 calorie cakes. They have a taste not unlike stale graham crackers. They can be somewhat crumbly, though. I grabbed a few while at a convention and they broke in my pocket. They were still edible, but were falling apart.

    Mainstay bars are one big bar sectioned into six 400 calorie blocks. They're thicker than the Datrex cakes. These have a slight lemon sugar cookie taste, but its very mild. They're less crumbly than the Datrex bars, however, you CANNOT reseal the package once its open. (Unless I'm retarded and missed something.)

    In the end, I think Datrex bars are better for ditch kits, car kits, or anywhere you might have multiple people around. They're very easy to divide up. Mainstay bars seem less prone to falling apart and making a mess, so would probably do well in shelter in place kits. The taste of both is pleasant (to me) so you'll probably just have to find your preference there. I'll probably end up getting both for variety.

    On a side note: It may just isolated to my insane cat, but both bars seem to drive her mad. She was trying very hard to get to them when I tried them.

    2/22/2011

    ethanwolfe

  • Calorie Bars

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    I figured these would be rather awful, but in my opinion, they are basically dehydrated lemon flavored cookie dough with vitamins and minerals. You must have water with these. They are filling too. Very useful for what they are intended.

    6/25/2011

    Perigreno

  • easy

    • Price
    • Value
    • Quality

    These are easy to hand out in a situation and it's great how they are already portioned, so no need to make tough decisions for people when it comes to rationing. These are easy, no need to store large amounts of water. One drawback is that they are very dense and therefore a little on the heavy side.

    5/29/2012

    Daniele

  • Great for rationing energy!

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    • Value
    • Quality

    Highly nutritious and full of vitamins. Great survival treat!

    9/25/2013

    Scott

  • cheaper options are available

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    • Value
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    These are good, but in my opinion most of these food bars are the same, Datrex bars tend to be a little cheaper. As far as calories and overall taste I don't see much of a difference.

    6/17/2012

    Daniele

  • We call it the Sugar Cookie on Steroids!!!

    • Price
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    Sugar Cookie on Steroids, check out the ingredients and you'll see what I'm talking about. My kids absolutely love them and there's no doubt you get the calories they claim, however it really has very little nutritional value. You'd definitely want to be sure you're supplementing with a more nutritious product. Your kids definitely won't go hungry if you have these on hand.

    9/23/2010

    Jerry

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Mainstay 2400-Calorie Food Bar

QUICK FACTS | All Features & Specs

Packaging: Vacuum Packed
Brand: Mainstay
Shelf Life: 5-Years
Total Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 0 min
Temperature Range: 20-130°F
Dimensions (LxWxH): 1.25" x 6" x 3.5"
Food Type: Calorie Bar

Regular Price: $7.91

Sale Price: $7.52

Save: $0.39 (5%)

 

   

 

Benefits & Description

5 Year Shelf-Life | 1 Bar Can Offer 3 Day Food Supply | Non-Thirst Provoking

Durable
Able to withstand Temperatures of -40°F to 300°F. Help Your Water Storage Last Longer
Non-thirst provoking so your drinking water lasts longer! Feel Secure in Your Preparations
Able to withstand extreme temperatures and are US Coast Guard approved with a 5-year shelf life. Mainstay food bars give you the energy you need during stressful times. Make Emergency Preparedness Convenient
5 year shelf life means less worry about having supplies when you need it to help you through a difficulty. Here's a great way to pack simple but filling foods in your emergency kit! Mainstay’s 2400 calorie food bars take up virtually no space in your 72-hour kit yet they contain enough calories to sustain one person for an entire day! The Ready Store understands the need for families to be prepared for disasters. It seems nearly every week we hear of a new flood, earthquake, or hurricane that has devastated an entire community. Let us help your family get prepared before that disaster strikes close to your home. A little preparation now will ensure your family’s security and peace of mind even in the midst of a storm.

You may be hesitant to try a meal-in-one food bar, but Mainstay’s bars have a delicious lemon/vanilla cookie flavor that your entire family would happily eat during an emergency. Your 2400-calorie food bar will come with easy to ration 400-calorie non-thirst provoking portions so there is no guesswork involved—just quick stress free nourishment. If you’re heading out on a hike these are great to stash in your day pack in case you get lost or weather conditions change rapidly leaving you stranded. Also with their portability they make great additions to your auto or work emergency kits—store one or two per family member in each of these places to guarantee your safety no matter what disasters come your way.

What's In-the-Box?

Food (1 Package | 6 Portions | 2400 Calories):
(1) 2400-Calorie Food Bar  

Features & Functions

SKU: EB0009
Shipping Weight (lbs): 1.0500
Preservation Method: No
Brand: Mainstay
Packaging: Vacuum Packed
Total Servings: 6
Total Calories: 2400
Estimated Shelf Life: 1-5 Years
Dimensions (LxWxH): 1.25" x 6" x 3.5"
Allergen and Specialty: Lactose Free, Low Sodium, Pork Free, Shellfish Free, Tree-Nut Free, Vegetarian
Food Type: Calorie Bar
Storage Requirements: To achieve maximum shelf life, store in an environment with a temperature of 60°F or lower and humidity of 10% or less. Shelf life statements are based on manufacturer claims, industry standards, and relevant studies from reliable sources. The Ready Store disclaims any liability or warranty as actual shelf life results may vary depending on individual storage conditions.
Serving Size: 1 Bar (2.67 oz)

Nutrition & Ingredients

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bar (2.67 oz)
Servings Per Container About 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400
Calories from Fat 210
% Daily Value*
Total Fat    23g
36%
Saturated Fat    7g
34%
Trans Fat    0g
Cholesterol    0mg
0%
Sodium    23mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate    46g
15%
Dietary Fiber    2g
9%
Sugars    14g
Protein    3g
%
Vitamin A
50%
Vitamin C
60%
Calcium
50%
Iron
10%
Thiamin
15%
Vitamin E
25%
Vitamin D
50%
Vitamin B6
90%
Vitamin B12
20%
Phosphorus
40%
Magnesium
30%
Niacin
30%
Riboflavin
25%
*Percent Daily Valus are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
INGREDIENTS: ENRICHED FLOUR, (ADDED VITAMINS A, B1, B2, D, E, B6, B12, NIACIN, IRON, FOLIC ACID, MAGNESIUM, PANTOTHENIC ACID, CALCIUM, PHOSPHOROUS), VEGETABLE SHORTENING, (PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND COTTON SEED OILS), GRANULATED SUGAR, CORN STARCH, CORN SYRUP, NATURAL LEMON FLAVOR, ARTIFICIAL BUTTER FLAVOR, ARTIFICIAL VANILLA FLOWER, (TANTRAZINE, FD AND C YELLOW #5, FD AND C RED # 40), ARTIFICIAL COLOR, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), GAMMA/DELTA TOCOPHEROIS AS A NATURAL ANTIOXIDANT. Contains: Soy, Gluten
 
 
  • Mainstay vs Datrex

    • Price
    • Value
    • Quality

    ***Posting this review on both bars***

    I bought both a Mainstay and a Datrex 2400 calorie bar to try out the flavor of each to determine which one I would end up wanting to use in my ditch kits. From some other reviews I thought they might both be the same, they're not. Here's a short review.

    Datrex bars are broken up in to 12 individually sealed 200 calorie cakes. They have a taste not unlike stale graham crackers. They can be somewhat crumbly, though. I grabbed a few while at a convention and they broke in my pocket. They were still edible, but were falling apart.

    Mainstay bars are one big bar sectioned into six 400 calorie blocks. They're thicker than the Datrex cakes. These have a slight lemon sugar cookie taste, but its very mild. They're less crumbly than the Datrex bars, however, you CANNOT reseal the package once its open. (Unless I'm retarded and missed something.)

    In the end, I think Datrex bars are better for ditch kits, car kits, or anywhere you might have multiple people around. They're very easy to divide up. Mainstay bars seem less prone to falling apart and making a mess, so would probably do well in shelter in place kits. The taste of both is pleasant (to me) so you'll probably just have to find your preference there. I'll probably end up getting both for variety.

    On a side note: It may just isolated to my insane cat, but both bars seem to drive her mad. She was trying very hard to get to them when I tried them.

    2/22/2011

    ethanwolfe

  • Calorie Bars

    • Value
    • Quality
    • Price

    I figured these would be rather awful, but in my opinion, they are basically dehydrated lemon flavored cookie dough with vitamins and minerals. You must have water with these. They are filling too. Very useful for what they are intended.

    6/25/2011

    Perigreno

  • easy

    • Price
    • Value
    • Quality

    These are easy to hand out in a situation and it's great how they are already portioned, so no need to make tough decisions for people when it comes to rationing. These are easy, no need to store large amounts of water. One drawback is that they are very dense and therefore a little on the heavy side.

    5/29/2012

    Daniele

  • Great for rationing energy!

    • Price
    • Value
    • Quality

    Highly nutritious and full of vitamins. Great survival treat!

    9/25/2013

    Scott

  • cheaper options are available

    • Price
    • Value
    • Quality

    These are good, but in my opinion most of these food bars are the same, Datrex bars tend to be a little cheaper. As far as calories and overall taste I don't see much of a difference.

    6/17/2012

    Daniele

  • We call it the Sugar Cookie on Steroids!!!

    • Price
    • Value
    • Quality

    Sugar Cookie on Steroids, check out the ingredients and you'll see what I'm talking about. My kids absolutely love them and there's no doubt you get the calories they claim, however it really has very little nutritional value. You'd definitely want to be sure you're supplementing with a more nutritious product. Your kids definitely won't go hungry if you have these on hand.

    9/23/2010

    Jerry