Contrary to popular belief, Twinkies will not last for decades. The popular snack will also not survive a nuclear fallout. This rumor started after a science teacher supposedly found a 30-year-old Twinkie on his chalkboard that still seemed edible. While this is just an urban legend, it’s easy to understand why some people would want Twinkies to last that long. Just ask Tallahassee in Zombieland.
In the event of a disaster or apocalyptic event, it would be nice to enjoy a nice snack. Imagine eating canned beans for months and then chancing upon an edible piece of Twinkie one day. Snack food heaven indeed!
However, Tallahassee is right. Twinkies have an expiration date and “life’s little Twinkie gauge is gonna go empty” during the apocalypse. That’s why you should stock up on survival snacks, the kind that actually lasts for years.
This year’s National Trail Mix Day just passed but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this popular survival snack. In fact, you should be heading to the store or ordering online to restock your pantry.
Trail mix is a combination of ingredients that are survival snacks on their own. It’s usually made of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits with some adding a bit of chocolate. Mr. Nature Cranberry Trail Mix, for example, is a mix of cranberries, raisins, golden raisins, salted peanuts, almonds, sunflower kernels, and pumpkin seeds.
Nuts and Seeds
Many people love snacking on nuts or seeds while watching TV, reading a book, swiping left or right, having a nice chat with someone over tea or any other relaxing activity you can think of. More importantly, nuts and seeds are some of the healthiest survival snacks around. Well, unless you’re allergic to them.
If you like a healthier alternative to junk food, you should definitely try Sea Salt Chickpeas by The Good Bean. The chickpeas, which are seeds of the chickpea plant, are soaked until plump. They are then roasted to get that crunchy texture and then flavoured with sea salt and other ingredients.
When SHTF, it may be quite difficult to have fresh fruits whenever you want to snack on one. It’s great to chance upon an apple orchard during the zombie apocalypse like what happened in The Battery, a 2012 film about the undead.
In such a scenario, fresh produce in grocery stores and fruit stands will eventually rot. Fruit farms will probably have no one to tend to them so it’s likely they’ll eventually stop bearing. It’s also unsafe to go out and look for fruits when zombies are all over the place.
Zombies or not, it would be a good idea to stock up on dried fruits so you can still enjoy these survival snacks when fresh ones are no longer an option. Dried fruits are also filled with calories and nutrients such as fiber and potassium. Most importantly to some, dried fruits help satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Fruit Mix 120 Serving Emergency Food Bucket by ReadyWise comes with 8 servings each of dried peaches, bananas, apples and strawberries. The freeze-dried fruits are safely kept in Mylar pouches that helps maintain their edibility to up to 20 years.
You Love Fruit Inc Mango Fruit Leather is another fruity survival snack you’d want to stockpile in your prepper pantry. Mango lovers will definitely love munching on these gluten-friendly, GMO-free survival food.
Energy bars are healthier version of candy bars. And they make great survival snacks. They give the illusion that you’re snacking on a sweet treat yet they packed with nutrients. Most energy bars contain protein, carbohydrates, and fat, which are prime sources of energy, thus the name.
The boost of energy that such survival snacks provide will be useful during emergencies. Imagine surviving an apocalyptic event and you have to keep moving to find safety or avoid danger such as zombies and cannibals. You can’t outrun them if you don’t have the energy, can you?
Make sure to stockpile energy bars in your prepper pantry. You should also keep some in your emergency kits including your everyday carry kit. It’s easy to forget to eat your meal when you’re too busy at work and an energy bar will definitely help keep you going until you find the time to eat.
Caveman Foods Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Nutrition Bar is a great survival snack since it has prepper-friendly ingredients. The non-GMO and gluten-free nutrition bar is made of natural dark chocolate, almonds, and coconut.
Another snack you can horde is the Eye Of The Tiger Protein Bar by Jimmy Bars. This energy bar is filled with caffeine-rich guarana, turmeric, peanuts, caramel and chocolate. It’s also packed with 9 grams of protein and under 100 calories.
Another good thing about this kind of survival snack is that it takes up little space. You can barely feel its 1.6-ounce weight in your bag or pocket. You can also stockpile as many as you need at home. Each box of Blue Dinosaur Paleo Food Bars, for example, comes with 12 of these dairy and soy free survival snacks. The boxes can be arranged to take up as little space in your pantry as possible. They also have a shelf life of 2 years so there’s no rush to finish them quickly.
Crackers, Cookies and Biscuits
Many families keep cookies, crackers, and biscuits at home to snack on. They’re not too heavy but are enough to satisfy great those little hunger pangs before the next meal. In fact, many hardworking people just eat biscuits or cookies for breakfast mainly because of lack of time to make a hearty meal.
Thinster’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Thins is one survival snack that you can have between meals. They’re also perfect for your prepper pantry. The cookies don’t contain peanut butter so those allergic to it can enjoy the chocolate chips to their heart’s delight. The classic chocolate chip cookie also doesn’t have corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, and artificial ingredients. What it does have is real dark chocolate stuffed in thin cookies.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Many people consider it a treat if they get to munch on some chocolates. I’m pretty sure some of you reward yourselves with a bar of chocolate after accomplishing something like following your diet plan for a week. Cheat day aside, chocolates are popular among preppers simply because they are some of the best survival snacks around.
Chocolates usually come with a best before date ranging from 6 to 24 months. That doesn’t mean the chocolate will no longer be edible after that, though. In general, milk and white chocolates can still be eaten 2 to 8 months after the best before date. Dark chocolates last up to 3 years. Their taste will not be that good but they should be safe to consume.
Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa Supreme Dark Chocolate Bar is something you’d get as a gift to someone or to yourself. If this is your absolute favorite, it wouldn’t hurt to stockpile some of these gluten free dark chocolate bars in your emergency snack stash.
Dried meat can be a snack. I bet you know at least one person that loves to snack on beef jerky. It’s also one of the most popular survival foods around mostly because it lasts a long time. Perhaps more importantly to some, jerky tastes good.
Jerky is rich in protein, iron, zinc and other nutrients. However, it is also high in saturated fat and sodium because of tall the salt used during the preservation process. You need to have some control when eating jerky. Besides, you don’t want to finish a pack of jerky in just one sitting if you’re in a survival situation.
Jerky comes in different flavors. It’d be a good idea to stock up on different flavors so you won’t get tired of one taste. Of course, you must have original-flavored jerky such as the Country Archer Original Beef Stick.
There are plenty of other survival snacks in the market. We didn’t even discuss canned fruits, cereals, peanut butter, and yes, even candies. If you know of other prepper pantry must-haves, please go ahead and share them with everybody in the comment section. Check out more tips on what kinds of food to stockpile for emergencies on Gentleman Pirate Club.