Rating: 5 / 5
Once again I ran down the aisles of junk food on the local grocery shelves looking for high calorie per ounce food that I would consider like a great treat when out hiking, camping, etc. I do not want to pay the high prices required when you buy specialty items in order to go L / UL or SUL into nature. Therefore, I seek inexpensive options at this time.
After stopping by the cookie section and doing a quick comparison the Keebler Fudge Shoppe Peanut Butter filled seemed to pack the most calories, including lots from fat, into the smallest package:
The nutritional info on the back says 2 cookies is one serving (30 g, but they weighed 1 oz. on my scale)with 9 servings or 18 cookies per bag:
So they are almost as high calorie as pure peanut butter (organic with the oil that separates) at 210 calories for 2 tablespoons at 32 g. But, I recall there are more calories of fat from peanut butter per ounce than the cookies. Which, of course, makes the Fudge Shoppe Peanut Butter filled cookies healthier!!!!
They are 2" in diameter x 3/8" thick, have a chocolate "hard shell" layer on the outside covering a chocolate cookie "base layer" on the inside on which is piled some peanut butter "high loft mid-layer" filling under the chocolate frosting "hard shell" and over the cookie "base layer" -- tastes like a cookie Reese's peanut butter cup, kind of. (I would have bought the Reese's brand but they had less calories per 2 cookies -- so much for brand loyalty).
I recall they cost like $3.60 per package normally or 2 for $ 4US on sale, which means 20 US cents per cookie, or 40 US cents per oz. at the normal price. So, they are a bit pricey per ounce compared to Hamburger Helper Lasagna, but then they are purely for pleasure, desert, and food blah relief -- and they do not require any cooking, thereby, saving on fuel. In fact I am trying to figure out how to carry them so they won't melt, or the outside chocolate covering won't.
My partner is taking a really dim view of my new interest in such foods as a "healthy" alternative to peanut or almond or other nut butters, so I would classify these as a "stealth snack" to be eaten when others are not aware of their presence out on the trail.
My next goal is to find out how much miniature marshmallows weigh and what their calories are since two or three of those roasted over my Ti-Giga SP stove and then put on top of one of these cookies or between two of them could be a "technical solution" to the bulk problem of regular old fashioned s'mores (graham crackers, hershey bar chocolate, and a roasted marshmallow -- they were the treat we got at night in my Boy Scout days for carrying huge packs full of junk tied to a byzantine pack frame under an old fashioned canvas duck, heavy, military surplus WWII cotton duck canvas and chemical treated, smelley 1/2 tarps for tent purposes). After learning about UL here (which has compressed years of field testing and practice into a few third, fourth, and fifth season months), and from working on it for years from childhood prior to discovering BPL, I now understand we should have taken the marshmallows and ditched the pack frame, the 1/2 "pup" or old fashioned military style tarp, and all the other junk -- and we would have had more fun, been safer, and done it more.
I figure I can use one of the SUL Lazr NANO Titanium tent stakes from the gear shop (http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/lazr-nano-titanium-tent-stakes.html)as a marshmallow roaster / holder -- thus also multi-tasking my gear!!!