A handy efficient addition to our emergency supplies.1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I plan to use these energy bars to add to our bug-out bags especially. Though they will be useful in any emergency situation - plus the sale price is right.
A Bugout Bag Must Have
Great addition to the bug out bag & a great way to add flavor with a little pick me up when needed - plan on using these in addition to the survival bars & I'll have several days of energy with varietywhen needed - absolutely love that heat is not a factor for storage, means that they can be kept in a trunke even in AZ
A great product to have
You never know when you will need energy bars like this. It's a solid option.
Good shelf life in hot weather
These store well in a hot car trunk, and taste decent.
much needed energy bars.
energy bars like these will come in handy for the work we have ahead. this is also a great price.
Great for Hiking, too.
I have purchased all of the different energy bars and tried them all. The New Millennium are the tastiest to me. We will keep some for future emergency purposes, but also take some with us while hiking. Since they can be kept at any temperature, we will keep some in our vehicles, too. You never know when an emergency may strike.
A MUST HAVE
These are great to throw in the truck and camping bags! Can't have too many of these on hand!!
Not very tasty
In an emergency situation between life and death these will have to do but I found the taste most unpleasant and not like your traditional energy bar. It was more like dried out cake with a very gritty texture.
sounds great, tastes terrible
I was very disappointed in the flavor of these. It was so artificial and cloying (and crumbly) I threw it out. Granted I tasted the fruitiest one first but I don't think I'll be sampling any more. It's better than nothing but they sure won't be a first choice.
In my book, these are a very bad choice for your bug-out bag or anything else. Look at the ingredient list. Even though they've split the refined carbs up into sugar, dextrose, and corn syrup, sugar alone still makes up the major ingredient. Energy? Sure, you'll get a fast sugar rush. Lasting energy? No way, because there's little protein to back it up, and your blood sugar will crash again almost as fast as it rose. That's not the biggest problem with these, though. That would be the next 2 ingredients: partially hydrogenated oil, which is to say a big dose of trans fats, and *bromated* flour, an ingredient that has now been banned in Europe, Canada, and even China. The FDA, alas, because brominating flour for dough conditioning predated the Delaney clause of the Food, Drug, & Cosmetics Act, felt it could not ban it and has simply begged bakers not to use it. Most of them have complied, though, so I'm really surprised to see it listed as an ingredient here. As for the various fruit names--there's no fruit in any of these, just some chemicals to imitate their flavors and colors. Maybe now the FDA is at long last contemplating a complete ban on trans fats in food, that will finally take these and other trans-fat-loaded storage foods off the market, and we can at least hope for better replacements. They are nothing I want in my daily diet, and therefore they are also nothing I want in my food storage.
My suggestion is that you buy/make yourself some real fruit leathers and/or buy or make some trail mixes/GORP with nutritious ingredients and rotate the stock in your bug-out bags every month. If that's too much bother, then consider putting in a metal can of Haitoglou Bros Macedonian Halva--ground sesame seeds plus a much smaller amount of glucose-fructose syrup (which means majority glucose), vegetable oil, and vanillin plus almonds, pistachios, or cocoa powder in those flavors. Enough fast-acting sugar to give you a quick boost, but also enough protein and fat to keep you going for hours-a pound of pure energy. It will keep for years if you don't open the can and for weeks after you do, and is available from a number of Greek groceries or similar online. Add a #2-1/2 can of dates, raisins, dried apples, and/or dried peaches from the usual storage food suspects to the can of halva, and you'll have concentrated real fruit energy in addition to your seed/nut energy plus real nutrition in packaging that will survive even earthquake or sludge-laden deluge (which these bars likely won't).
Another option would be nuts in small all-metal cans, which can still be found if you look, plus quince, guava paste, or sweet potato paste in metal tins, available from Latin American food sources, and/or small tins of dulce de leche, high-energy reduced milk with sugar in a peanut-butter consistency. (If you can find the San Roque Peruvian version in plain and chocolate, those come in tins with lids that pry off like those on old-fashioned shoe polish and can then be resealed by knocking them back down, excellent for backpacking.) All these, too, can be left in a bug-out bag for a couple of years before rotating and will deliver a sizable chunk of nutrition while on the move in addition to fast energy.
Finally, if you really just want a bar of some kind, there are natural/organic choices out there with less objectionable ingredient lists than these, including many with real fruits plus nuts, honey, etc. I'm really surprised these are what the Ready Store has chosen to offer for now--definitely not up to their usual quality standards. If someone hasn't planned ahead, they'll obviously need to grab whatever calories they can find and worry about possible heart attack or cancer later if they live long enough for it to be problem. If someone is prudent enough to prepare for trouble in advance, though, they should be able to do that with quality foods.