When you think of ration bars you probably get an image of something like the picture to the right…
Dense, bland and not much to be desired in the way of flavor.
Don’t get me wrong, I have had some that taste OK, but the same flavor over and over just gets a little old.
There is another HUGE problem with these types of ration bars, they all come packaged in mylar.
That’s good for long term food preservation, but as soon as you open the package the food is compromised and starts to decay.
It becomes immediately susceptible to insects and other animals, water, and is quite easily broken apart in your pack with normal movement.
One of my ration bars had the mylar tear and then at some point one of the aquablox bottles was crushed and leaked into my pack( another product that I don’t recommend and the reason I switched to Mylar pouches). I don’t know how long this BOB sat like that, but the next time I cleaned it out I was greeted with a very unpleasant smell that still, months later, hasn’t quite gone away.
I had seen these Millennium Ration bars in some pre made survival kits, but finding them on there own has been nearly impossible and I had all but forgotten about them. Until last night…
I ran across these on amazon and the price looks really good ( at $1.38 per bar that’s less than the cost of a candy bar at the gas station!) Now I will say that, other than the one that I have had (cherry) I tried the other flavors yet. But I am looking to order these pretty soon and I am excited to try the lemon and coconut.
So with that being said, and even though I can’t vouch for all of the other flavors, I wanted to share this find with y’all so that you can snatch up a case and try them out too.
- Each of the twenty four 400-Calorie bars has high energy value, and is non-thirst provoking
- This variety pack of long-life (5 years) energy bars provides ready-to-eat, non-perishable food for up to two people for three days
- A total of 9,600 Calories in 24 individually wrapped 400-calories portions.
- A variety of Lemon, Vanilla, Raspberry, Cherry, Apricot, Orange, Coconut flavored bars.
- Great for hiking, camping, boating and disaster preparedness.
Price- Each one costs less than the price of most candy bars at a gas station ( $1.38)
Variety- With 7 different flavors, you don’t have to eat the same mush every time you have one of these
Packaging- These 400 Calorie bars are half the size and half the weight of most other 400 calorie bars on the market and the smaller packaging allows you to A) fit more in a pack and B) pack your gear differently ( no more sticking ration “bricks” in the same spot)
Mobility- You can grab one of these and keep moving if stopping is not an option. This is much better than having to stop, open a mylar pouch, break of a chunk, and then wrap it back up, all before you can start moving again.
Nutrients- Like any ration bar, these will have what you need to replace and maintain vital nutrients in a crisis. But they will lack fiber and cause certain “intestinal issues” with prolonged use.
The Bottom Line:
Variety is known as the spice of life, and in an emergency having something as small as a different variety of flavors to choose from can be a huge morale boost. And at under $1.50 per bar you cant really lose. Get a case of them and keep them stashed around your office, car, and your emergency kits.
If you have tried these, or you get them before I get my own, let me know what you think of the flavors.
I’d love to hear from you!
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