Favorite Snacks: Tested Across Continents

September 10, 2015

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  • Drew Zieff

When adventure glows on the horizon like the setting sun, fueling up on the go is a must. Active Junky recently returned from a trip to Chile where each day and night brought a new mission: ski mountaineering, speed flying, mountain biking, wine tasting and beyond. These three tasty – and nutritious – snacks kept our team fueled without failure.

Honey Stinger Grapefruit Energy Chews

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It seems Honey Stinger does no wrong.  Never have we tasted a single botched batch, a stray wacko flavor or an over-salted, under-flavored flop. The new Grapefruit Energy Chews are no different.

Testing Scenario: Midway up icy Andean pitches, ice axe for an anchor, nothing tasted better than the flavorful and power-packed Grapefruit Energy Chews. Skipping breakfast to get first chair or fueling up for a mid-afternoon park sesh, Chews go down easy.

Flavor: Closer to grapefruit than artificial Acid Yellow 23, it actually tastes like fruit instead of an acidic science experiment. 

Best For: Midday fuel, a tasty pick-me-up

Pistachio Chewy Bites

The Active Junky Team consensus: Pistachio Chewy Bites taste great. More importantly, they possess an extremely high calorie/weight ratio. 

Testing Scenario: We’ve been munching these Bites from Santiago, Chile to Silverton, Colorado. They excel in high-output, fast-and-light activities (e.g. backpacking, backcountry skiing, bike races, etc.).

Flavor: An enchantingly simple combo of pistachios, cranberries and agave, Chewy Bites are tasty and unpretentious.

Best For: A quick blast of calories, tripling and quadrupling up in your pocket for constant boosts

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Epic Bison Cranberry Bacon Bar

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Epic’s based on loosely on pemmican, the Native American high fat, high protein mish-mash of meat and berries. Their modern rendition is a delectable dose of hunter-gatherer inspired energy. 

Testing Scenario: From the trying terminals of international airports to the steep pitches of the Andean backcountry, the 200-calorie Bison Bar remained a welcome snack. 

Flavor: Living off all-in-one energy bars is tiresome as many are far more sweet than savory. Epic Bar changes the game with a meal-like, meat-based recipe. Chomp two or three for lunch on the trail or tarmac. 

Best For: Sustained energy for meat lovers, an animal-based jolt of protein and fat

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