Trail snacks have come a long way since energy bars first became popular around the 1980s. We won’t name names, but you probably still have one of those glossy tooth pullers in the bottom of your pack—pro tip, they’re great for “unlocking” your car in an emergency or inducing a bout of vomiting should your dog swallow something hazardous. Not surprisingly, trail snacks (like all things deemed hip enough for a reboot) have gone artisanal. What does that mean for the hiker, biker and all-around outdoorsy biped? Choices, and tasty choices at that.
From beef jerky sourced from prime cuts of filet mignon to organic, non-GMO trail mixes, here are a few trail snacks that will not only fuel your fun, but tickle your taste buds in the process.
1. Three Jerks Jerky
"Hey Bob, care for some filet mignon spiced with chipotle adobo?" If you’ve been yearning to blow someone’s mind lately, pick up one or all of the six inspiring flavors from Three Jerks Jerky before your next outdoor rendezvous (and yes, it is all made from tender, juicy cuts of filet mignon). Flavors include Memphis BBQ, Maple Bourbon Churro, Hamburger, Soy Vay Veri Teriyaki and Chipotle Adobo.
2. Olympia Granola Bars
Starting at $23.88 per granola bar, these healthy trail snacks will ensure your pack, or at least your wallet, will be as light as possible. Whole grains, nuts and other sweet ingredients comprise the many flavors, including Bengali Bite, London Tea, Mayan Crunch, Michigan Summer and more. Perfect for the picky eater, Olympia Granola bars are non-GMO, dairy and gluten free.
3. Trader Joe's Trail Mix
While it’s a stretch to say that a trail mix can be “gourmet,” Trader Joe’s many offerings go well beyond your gas station bag-o’-nuts. Basic mixes, including raw (unroasted) mixes to organic and omega-3-filled offerings are perfect for a quick boost on the trail. For the more adventurous palate, a variety of intriguing mixes, including Harvest Spice Trek Mix, Peanut Butter Cups Trek Mix and Rainbow’s End Trail Mix, offer a tasty melody of flavors.
4. Good To-Go Dehydrated Meals
Pop a squat around your favorite outdoor stovetop and redefine what a dehydrated meal should taste like. Founded by Jennifer Scism, an accomplished chef from New York, Good To-Go strives “to elevate your expectations of what trail food can taste like.” Good-To-Go uses fresh vegetables and toasted, ground whole spices to serve up the tasty calories needed to keep on trekking. Meals include Thai Curry, Mexican Quinoa Bowl, Pad Thai, Smoked Three Bean Chili and more.