An indisputable fact of hiking life: Food tastes better outdoors. A simple cheese sandwich can be heaven. A chunk of dark chocolate feels like a winning lottery ticket. And a savory, hot meal can turn a tired, wet hiker into an entirely new person.
In our constant search for delicious camp food that fuels, rejuvenates, and tickles taste buds, we’ve munched on hundreds of ho-hum dishes over the years. It’s easy to discern the best from the rest: Just check the pot. If we have a hard time choking down the remains, we know it’s a dud. But the stuff you’ll find here is a whole different beast. These meals, bars, and snacks will have you hoarding, even fighting your next of kin for the last few bites.