At Outdoor Retailer a couple of weeks ago, we got to sample quite a few new snacks that just came out or are set to be released soon. As these snacks usually constituted lunch on the show floor, we were more than thankful to give them all a try. Here are some of our favorites.
Patagonia Buffalo Jerky (pictured top): For the latest addition to the company’s food line, Patagonia teamed up with Wild Idea Buffalo to help conserve and restore the grasslands of South Dakota while producing a delicious, sustainably sourced Buffalo Jerky at the same time. The 100% grass-fed, free-range, antibiotic-, pesticide-, and hormone-free buffalo is lightly seasoned and dried for a flavorful, hearty snack that’s both portable and nutritious. The 2oz. package requires no refrigeration when unopened, and is shelf stable for one year. The Patagonia Buffalo Jerky retails for $10 per package and is available now.
UnTapped Maple Waffle: Your favorite sport-packaged maple syrup company gets set to release a waffle that blows the competition out of the water in terms of taste. Sweetened with only maple sugar and maple syrup, you won’t find any artificial flavors, colors, or supplements here. And you won’t be able to stop eating them. Keep an eye on the UnTapped website as the waffles will be dropping soon.
Gu Energy Stick: Debuting early 2016, Gu created their first energy bar (even though they vowed to never do so). The Gu Energy Sticks are small, 200-calorie whole food bars that are mostly organic and 100% gluten-free. The company will offer two flavors to start: Crispy Honey Peanut (organic dates, organic peanuts, honey, organic quinoa, and sea salt) and Crispy Chocolate Almond (organic dates, almonds, organic semi-sweet dark chocolate, organic cocoa, organic quinoa, honey, and sea salt). The Energy Sticks retail for $2.50 each, or a 12 pack for $30.
Skratch Fruit Drops: Out for a short while now, the pectin based energy chews are flavored only with real fruit and that do not contain the coloring agents, flavoring agents, and waxes common to many similar products. Each Fruit Drop contains 4 grams of carbohydrate or 16 Calories per drop (10 drops in a package). The Skratch Fruit Drops retails for $2.45 each, or $24.50 for a 10 pack.
ProBar Chocolate Bliss and Coffee Crunch Base Protein Bars ($3.00): With these two new flavors in the Base protein Bar line, ProBar added 55mg of caffeine from yerba mate, the equivalent to roughly half a cup of coffee or two bags of green tea. Packed with chia and flax seeds, these gluten-free and dairy-free bars will start shipping mid-September.