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Hall of Fame: Camp Food

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.

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Ideal for lazy mornings in camp, this hearty, complex egg wrap includes creamy, melty Gouda cheese, zesty reindeer sausage and fluffy eggs.

Ideal for lazy mornings in camp, this hearty, complex egg wrap includes creamy, melty Gouda cheese, zesty reindeer sausage and fluffy eggs.

Tiny pearls of Israeli cous-cous swimming in a mild yellow coconut curry sauce, flecked with white-meat chicken chunks and bright peas: This is a…

Tiny pearls of Israeli cous-cous swimming in a mild yellow coconut curry sauce, flecked with white-meat chicken chunks and bright peas: This is a belly- and soul-warmer that will have you licking the pot clean.

On a ferociously wet week-long November trip in Wales, this soup pretty much prevented mutiny. Like something straight from grandma’s kitchen, it has…

On a ferociously wet week-long November trip in Wales, this soup pretty much prevented mutiny. Like something straight from grandma’s kitchen, it has a long-simmered flavor (despite it’s easy and quick prep time) that comes from chicken, corn, tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and spices, topped with crunchy tortilla chips.

These utterly addictive salty treats had our editors hoarding bags during our test trip in Jordan. They’re a cross between movie-theatre popcorn and…

These utterly addictive salty treats had our editors hoarding bags during our test trip in Jordan. They’re a cross between movie-theatre popcorn and Corn Nuts: Their “half-popped” texture makes them sturdy for the trail, and their simple, savory seasonings make them drool-worthy.

Need a change-up from chocolately, peanuty bars? These deliver. Made with only four simple, organic ingredients (dates, almonds, cashews, and salt),…

Need a change-up from chocolately, peanuty bars? These deliver. Made with only four simple, organic ingredients (dates, almonds, cashews, and salt), they have a clean, savory flavor and a soft, fresh texture.

This moist, spicy jerky is head and shoulders above the standard stuff because it’s baked, not dehydrated, which gives it a tender—not chewy—texture…

This moist, spicy jerky is head and shoulders above the standard stuff because it’s baked, not dehydrated, which gives it a tender—not chewy—texture that we couldn’t get enough of.

Made from buffalo meat laced with spices and dried cranberries, these savory nuggets are a nice change of pace from beef jerky.

Made from buffalo meat laced with spices and dried cranberries, these savory nuggets are a nice change of pace from beef jerky.

Year after year, we keep ordering up packets of these soft, tangy energy chews. Unlike other chews, which tend to be overly cloying and sweet, these…

Year after year, we keep ordering up packets of these soft, tangy energy chews. Unlike other chews, which tend to be overly cloying and sweet, these come in tart, refreshing flavors like Lime Aid, Pomegranate Passion Fruit, Pink Lemonade, and Cherry Blossom.

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.