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The Ultimate Hiking Snack Comparison Table

Everything You Need to Know Before You Pack

Snacking while hiking is not simply permissible; it’s downright recommended

But how do you choose the best hiking snacks to bring on your next outdoor adventure? 

Easy – you need to learn what makes for a good hiking snack and then compare the options available. 

But devising a list of all the options and looking up the nutritional info for each is a daunting task. 

But we’ve tried to make that easy. 

Below, we’ve put together an expansive spreadsheet that allows you to quickly compare actual apples and oranges. Or granola and trail mix, or protein bar A and protein bar B. 

Best of all, we’ve adjusted the data so that the quantity of each snack is the same – 100 grams

This allows you to compare the relative value of different hiking snacks, while factoring in one of the most important backpacking considerations: weight. 

What Makes a Good Hiking Snack? 

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Before getting to the hiking snack comparison chart, it’s important that we take a moment to discuss the traits that all the best hiking snacks have in common. 

In truth, just about anything that’s easy to bring on the trail can make a good hiking snack.

I usually default to literal nuts and berries, while sometimes chucking a protein bar in my pack if I’m going for a really long or strenuous hike. 

Blueberries and almonds are probably my favorites, but sometimes I prefer oranges or walnuts. Ooooh, and there are these crazy plum-cherry hybrid things my grocery store sells in the summer that are chef’s kiss.

But some foods and recipes are undoubtedly better-suited for hiking trips than others. Some rise above the “good hiking food” category and enter the realm of the “great.” 

Most of the very best hiking foods are:

  • Tasty as hell. Palatability is not some kind of vice we should consider frivolous. There are scads of tasty foods that’ll satisfy all of our other criteria, so there’s no reason to eat stuff you don’t like. 
  • Full of calories. You may want food that’s all crunch and no calories while snacking on the couch, but you need high-octane nosh to fuel you up and down those hills while hiking. 
  • Easy to eat as-is. If you’re going on a multi-day backpacking trip, you will likely want to cook up a hot meal or two each day (though the stove-free backpacking movement is growing). But if you’re just heading out on an adventure lasting several hours, you probably don’t want to futz around with a stove or elaborate prepping protocol. 
  • Made with some salt. As you sweat, you lose electrolytes (mainly salt). And because most hikers drink plain ‘ol water on the trail, you have to replace the electrolytes you lose while picking ‘em up and putting ‘em down. 
  • Shelf-stable. You can bring perishable snacks on the trail, but they’re only good for a given amount of time. Accordingly, snacks you can just chuck in your pack and forget for two months offer clear advantages. 
  • Low-waste and minimal packaging. Because you’ll want to pack out whatever you pack in, it is always easier to go with snacks that are either easy to move to a reusable container or enclosed in relatively spartan packaging. And this counts for “natural packaging” too – don’t leave orange peels behind. 
  • Affordable. Look, if you only intend to go hiking once or twice and then let your hiking boots collect dust in the closet, go ahead and spend a fortune on your snacks. But for those of us who spend as much time on the trail as is possible, the cost of hiking snacks can add up. 

There’s one more thing that most of the very best trail snacks have in common, and it’s actually really important: The best trail snacks have a high calorie-to-weight ratio. 

As an extreme example, let’s compare kale with almonds. 

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Kale is ridiculously good for you. It’s full of fiber, and provides a lot of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, fiber, carotenoids and manganese. 

But kale is also full of water and relatively low in calories

For every 100 grams of kale you bring on the trail, you’re really carrying 89.6 grams of water – there’s only a little more than 10 grams of “food” to be had. And that 10 grams of food only provides your body with about 35 to 40 Calories of energy. After all, more than 4 of those grams are just fiber, which your body doesn’t really use for energy anyway. 

Almonds, on the other hand, are full of calories, while containing very little watera little more than 4 grams of water for every 100 grams. And they do so while providing more than twice the fiber that kale does.  

Almonds provide some vitamins and minerals, but they don’t pack the same kind of punch as kale. Except when it comes to manganese – a competition almonds win in two-to-one fashion. 

But we’re talking about calories per unit weight here, and that’s where almonds shine brightest

Remember that with kale, we’re talking 35 to 40 Calories per 100 grams. With almonds, we’re talking about roughly 600 Calories per 100 grams. 

So, while kale is certainly a nutritious food and we should all probably eat more of it, you’re much better off reaching for that jar of almonds in your pantry when packing for your next hiking trip.  

(Unless, that is, you opt for dried kale chips – those do pack a bit of a caloric punch. More on them later…)

Hiking Snack Comparison Table

This is simply a screenshot, but you can access the entire table here (opens in a new tab).

Enough dithering! To the table!

There’s no way to share such an extensive table directly on the website in anything approaching user-friendly fashion. But you can check out the complete table here, as a Google Sheet (that link opens in a new tab, so you won’t lose your place here).

You can just peruse the table however suits you best, but we’ve added some filter views (basically, small bits of the overall table) to help you find exactly what you’re looking for (the links below all open in a new tab):

All of the filter views above are objective (within our data set). They’re just based on numbers and don’t really much subjectivity. The following are somewhat subjective, but they may be of interest:

Superlatives: The Best of the Best Hiking Snacks

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To make things easy on you, we’ve rounded up some of the best hiking snacks based on various criteria. So, if you’re looking for, say, the highest calorie vegan hiking snacks, or the hiking snacks with the most protein, just peruse the lists below. 

Remember: Our entire table and the information below is all based on a 100-gram sample of the snack in question. This means you can easily make apples-to-apples comparisons. 

The Hiking Snacks with the Most Calories

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Just want the most caloric bang for your buck? The following hiking snacks have the most calories per gram:

  1. Walnuts, Raw
  2. Macadamia Nuts, Raw
  3. Macadamia Nuts, Roasted
  4. Pecans, Roasted
  5. Cajun Trail Mix, Winn-Dixie
  6. Pecans, Raw
  7. Almonds, Roasted
  8. Brazil Nuts, Roasted
  9. Brazil Nuts, Raw
  10. Brazil Nuts, Dried
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You just can’t get away from the fact that nuts pack the most calories per unit weight of any of the hiking snacks we analyzed

The only entry in our top 10 that isn’t just plain nuts contains nuts. 

If you can’t eat nuts or just want other options, Whisps Cheese (Cheddar) came in at the #17 spot, Moon Cheese (You Cheddar Believe It) came in at the #19 spot, and Smartfood Popcorn (White Cheddar) slides in at the #24 spot.

After this point, you start seeing potato chips and other types of snacks. 

The Hiking Snacks with the Most Protein

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If you’re looking for hiking snacks that are just jacked with protein content, you’ll probably want to start by considering these:

  1. Pork Rinds
  2. Erbies Mixed Bugs
  3. Edamame, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted
  4. Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky, Original
  5. Moon Cheese, Garlickin’ Parmesan
  6. Moon Cheese, You Cheddar Believe It
  7. Parmesan Cheese
  8. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, Original
  9. Whisps Cheese, Cheddar
  10. Just the Cheese, Crunchy Grilled Cheese
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We were a bit shocked to see pork rinds sitting atop mount protein, but when you think about it, it makes sense. They’re also full of fat, so factor that into your hike-snack-selection algebra too (that’s actually a pretty common theme among high-protein hiking snacks).

But if you’re looking for high protein with more moderate fat content, consider edamame or Quest Bars, which appear shortly below the #10 spot.

The Hiking Snacks with the Most Fat

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Just want snacks that taste good? Well, you’ve come to the right place – fat definitely equals flavor. But fat is also the most calorie-dense of the four primary macromolecules, so it also means these snacks are pretty high-octane fuel for your adventures. 

(Spoiler alert: The hiking snacks with the highest fat are essentially the same as those from the top-10 calorie list, but in a slightly different order.)

  1. Macadamia Nuts, Roasted
  2. Macadamia Nuts, Raw
  3. Pecans, Roasted
  4. Pecans, Raw
  5. Walnuts, Raw
  6. Brazil Nuts, Dried
  7. Brazil Nuts, Roasted
  8. Brazil Nuts, Raw
  9. Hazelnuts, Roasted
  10. Walnuts, Roasted
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Zero surprises here — nuts, nuts and more nuts.

It is, however, interesting to compare the two lists (the snacks with the most calories and the snacks with the most fat). The primary difference is the fat-to-protein ratio of the nuts.

Still, this list just reemphasizes what we learned in the high-calorie list: Nuts win, and it isn’t even that close.  

The Hiking Snacks with the Most Carbohydrates

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Whether you’re looking for long-lasting energy or you just like carby snacks (I feel called out), the following 10 are some of the best carb-rich hiking snacks around:

  1. Pez
  2. Dehydrated Apple Slices, Augason Farms
  3. Tailwind Endurance Fuel, Mandarin Orange
  4. Jelly Beans, Jelly Belly 20 Flavors
  5. Skittles, Original
  6. Freeze-Dried Blueberries, Target
  7. Dried Pineapple Chunks, Augason Farms  
  8. Fruit Roll-Ups, Variety Pack
  9. Smarties
  10. Pop-Tarts, Strawberry Frosted
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Pez is pretty much plain sugar, so it’s hardly surprising to see it top this list. But it is kind of shocking to see dehydrated apples come in above some of the purpose-made energy-delivering products and stuff like Pop-Tarts, but aside from that, this all looks pretty normal. 

The Hiking Snacks with the Most Sugar

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Sugar may not be great for your teeth (or your waistline, if you indulge too much). But it’ll sure as hell get you up and down those hills when you’re tired. 

Here are some of the hiking snacks with the most sugar:

  1. Pez
  2. Tailwind Endurance Fuel, Mandarin Orange
  3. Smarties
  4. Honey
  5. Skittles, Original
  6. Dried Blueberries, Great Value
  7. Cranberries, Dried & Sweetened
  8. Sour Patch Kids
  9. Fruit Leather Snacks, Stretch Island Strawberry Original
  10. Jelly Beans, Jelly Belly 20 Flavors
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It’s not surprising to see candy holding down several of the top spots, but Tailwind Endurance Fuel, honey, and the fruit options are also great sources of sugar for the trail.

But it’s pretty interesting to compare something like Pez with honey. Most of us would intuitively believe that honey is the superior food. And it may be in terms of vitamins and minerals, as well as the fact that honey isn’t really processed, while Pez is heavily processed.

But from a macronutrient point of view, Pez actually proves more useful on the trail:

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Clearly, macros aren’t everything, and you may still opt for honey to Pez during your next hike. But we thought the differences were worth highlighting.

The Hiking Snacks with the Most Fiber

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Fiber isn’t only important for maintaining a smooth-running digestive system, it’s also great for keeping you full – particularly if you’re trying to stave off hunger while reducing your calorie intake. 

Fiber also provides plenty of other health benefits, such as reducing your blood pressure and blood sugar. But regardless of the reasons you may want hiking snacks that are full of fiber, here are some of the best options we found:

  1. Banana Chips
  2. Quest Bar, Mixed Berry
  3. Quest Bar, Cookies & Cream
  4. Freeze-Dried Strawberries, Kroger 
  5. Edamame, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted
  6. Almond Butter Chip Bar, IQBAR
  7. Freeze-Dried Blueberries, Target
  8. Frooze Balls, Peanut Butter and Jelly
  9. Keto Trail Mix, Sunridge Farms
  10. Grape Nuts, Original
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Bananas don’t just top this list – they crush everything else. With 70 grams of fiber per 100-gram serving, banana chips provide more than twice as much fiber as the next entry on the list (Mixed Berry Quest Bars have 30 grams of fiber per 100 grams). 

It’s interesting to note that there are several different kinds of snacks that appear in the top 10. You can choose from processed bars, dried fruit, seeds, kale chips or cereal to suit your high-fiber needs. 

The Hiking Snacks That Surprised Us the Most

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Though we tried to reserve judgment and see how the nutritional value of these various snacks shaked out, we certainly went in with some preconceived notions – we’re only human. And while several of our suspicions were born out by the evidence, a few hiking snacks caught us by surprise

  1. Fresh Blueberries: We’d have thought that blueberries packed a more energy-rich punch than they actually do. It was a given that their calories mostly come in the form of carbs and sugar, but even still, they just don’t provide many calories.
  2. Raisins: Raisins are surprising for the opposite reason; providing 300 Calories for every 100 grams, they serve as a pretty effective way to keep yourself going on the trail. They don’t really offer any protein or fat to speak of, but if you just want some sugar to keep your feet moving, they’re not a bad choice. 
  3. Patagonia Smoked Mackerel in Oil: It’s no surprise that smoked fish (smoked fatty fish, at that) is high in calories. But we were shocked just how many more calories mackerel provided than other, similar fish. Bottom line: Mackerel provides a super-efficient way to keep yourself fed while hiking.  
  4. Walnuts: We were just very surprised by the fact that walnuts showed up at or near the top of several categories (Calories, fat, and keto-friendly). They have a lot of protein too, they just don’t have enough to crack the top 10.  
  5. Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nuts came in just below walnuts in several respects, and their fatty flavor is undeniably delicious. The only real downside is their cost. So, you may want to consider tossing them into your homemade trail mix rather than just trying to bring a big ‘ol bag of them. 
  6. Whisps Cheese: We expected that the entire cheese category was going to score well in our analysis, but these baked cheese snacks topped the category in most respects. This all makes sense, given that they’re essentially cheese with the majority of the water removed, but we still came away surprised. 
  7. Greenbelly Backpacking Meals: Basically, we just found the nutrition provided by these (especially the mango flavored option) to be more impressive than we’d initially suspected. Packed with nearly 430 Calories, and a pretty respectable protein content (10 grams), these are definitely worthy of consideration. 
  8. Trader Joe’s Kale Chips: We were flabbergasted by the caloric content of these snacks; kale is often hailed as a great part of weight-loss diets! But these things provide more than 500 Calories per 100 grams. Most of that comes from the cashews and sunflower seeds used to flavor them, but it’s still surprising to see them score as well as they did (and for the record, Nature’s Harvest Kale Chips were almost as impressive).    
  9. Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn: A lot of people who’re trying to reduce their caloric intake or shed a few pounds turn to popcorn, but this flavored popcorn wouldn’t work well in that roll – it scored at or near the top of the chips and crackers category for calories, protein, and fat. We were simply surprised to see it score similarly to fatty, flavored potato chips. 
  10. fGirl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints): Going in, we figured that these addictive sweets would be bursting with calories and fat, but they’re really not (relative to some of the other cookies we analyzed). They’re certainly not diet food, but they’re not really a fantastic source of calories for the trail either. 

Our Picks for the Best Overall Hiking Snacks

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Noting all of the various superlatives is certainly helpful, but the point of this entire exercise was to simply identify some of the best hiking snacks available. And we’re (finally) here. 

This list is obviously subjective in many ways, but we feel that the following 10 snacks serve as a great starting point for anyone seeking to maximize the per-weight value of hiking snacks. 

  1. Walnuts: Even if you’ve only skimmed the superlative lists above you shouldn’t be surprised to see walnuts at the top of our list. They’re loaded with calories, fat, and protein, and they even have a bit of fiber to help keep you full. Throw in the fact that they are easy to pack, affordable and last a long time and you’ve got what we think is the best all-around hiking snack.
  2. Patagonia Smoked Mackerel: Canned fish has been a backpacking snack staple for decades. Most varieties provide tons of calories, protein and fat in a small, affordable and tasty package. But while virtually any canned fish will serve you well, Patagonia’s Smoked Mackerel stood head-and-shoulders above the others we examined. 
  3. Whisps Cheese: Like canned fish, cheese has long been a favorite snack for hikers. But unlike fresh cheese, which forces you to haul around a bit of water, these baked cheese snacks serve as an even more efficient source of calories on the trail. Plus, they’ll last even longer than hard cheeses and they’re easier to eat while hiking. 
  4. Tailwind Endurance Fuel (Mandarin Orange): We looked at a few of the hiking snacks specifically designed for athletic endeavors. Most provide a very efficient way to carry calories on the trail, but Tailwind’s Endurance Fuel claimed the top spot. They don’t provide any fat or protein, so you’ll obviously want to bring some other snacks in your pack. But if you just need some sugar to crest that last hill, it’s hard to find many things better. Incidentally, we looked at the Mandarin Orange flavor, but Tailwind offers a variety of other options, which you may want to consider.
  5. Honey: Speaking of good ways to bring sugar on the trail, honey provides almost as much sugar as Tailwind does, and it’ll even offer a smidge of protein to boot. The downside of honey is that it’s, well, honey – it’s hard to transport and messy to eat. We think the best way to incorporate some honey is by drizzling it over your favorite GORP or trail mix to bump up the sugar content. 
  6. Trail Butter, Lil’ Squeeze (Dark Chocolate & Coffee): Peanut butter is another classic hiking snack, and modern hikers are fortunate to have some options that are specifically designed for use on the trail. The result is a super-caloric, super-tasty and easy-to-eat snack that’ll fuel your hiking adventures. 
  7. Trader Joe’s Kale Chips: If you read the “most surprising” section, you shouldn’t be shocked to see kale chips showing up here. Full of calories, fat, and salt, these chips deserve a place in your hiking pack. And for bonus points, people rave about their taste, which is always an important consideration.  
  8. Banana Chips: Banana chips are full – and we mean full – of fiber, which is helpful for keeping you feeling full while hiking. They don’t have a ton of protein, but they’re full of carbs and sugar, and they even have a surprising amount of fat. Plus, they’re easy to munch without stopping. 
  9. Pork Rinds: They certainly aren’t for everyone, and they aren’t what most would consider “healthy,” but there’s no getting around it: Pork rinds are loaded with protein and fat. They don’t have any carbs either, which makes them great for hikers looking for keto-friendly snacks. 
  10. Great Value Dried Blueberries: Overall, we were a bit disappointed in how fruit stacked up in our analysis. Fresh varieties don’t score very well because they’re full of water, and apart from dried banana chips and dried blueberries, dried fruits didn’t turn out to be super attractive, either. That said, dried blueberries do serve as a pretty good source of carbs and sugar to help keep your energy level up while hiking.  

Ultimately, the best option may be to simply make your own trail mix incorporating some of the best-scoring snacks discussed above. Maybe take some walnuts, some banana chips, and blueberries, and toss them with a tiny bit of honey or peanut butter.

The honey or peanut butter will definitely make things trickier to eat on the trail, but it’ll be worth the difficulty, given the nutrition either will add. 

The Elephant in the Room: Nuts Are a Hiker’s Best Friend

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Time and time again, we were struck by just how valuable nuts are as hiking snacks. Collectively, they score near the top of the table for several snack superlative categories, including calories, protein, and fat.

So, we wanted to let you see how they stack up next to each other. But to do so, we adjusted the data in the following ways:

  • We copied the “Nuts, Seeds, & Similar” category into a separate spreadsheet.
  • Because this category contains things like edamame and peanut butter, we removed everything that wasn’t actual nuts.
  • We removed all the candied nuts (including honey roasted peanuts) so that we could focus on the actual nuts, rather than the stuff coating them.
  • We averaged the nutritional data for the various preparation methods for each type of nut. In other words, if we’d included roasted, boiled, and raw peanuts in our initial table, we took the averages and just identified them as peanuts.
  • We also removed some of the columns we didn’t need for this analysis.

The results can be seen in the charts below. The differences between the nuts weren’t enormous, but they are enough to warrant some thought.

For starters, let’s just look at caloric content.

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As you may have noticed above, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans and Brazil nuts lead the pack in terms of calories. But even at the opposite end of the chart, cashews and pistachios still provide more than 500 calories per 100 grams, so their calorie-to-weight ratio is quite attractive.

Boiled peanuts, however, are less impressive. This is due to their high water content; for every 100 grams of boiled peanuts, you’re lugging around more than 40 grams of water.

Drilling down further, we can check out way the macronutrients in different nuts compare. Note that we averaged the various nut types from our table for this list. That doesn’t cause drastic changes for most of the nuts, but it does skew peanuts a bit (again, because of the presence of boiled peanuts).

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As you can see, caloric content largely tracks with fat content. All of the highest-calorie options are also high in fat, whereas protein content is almost (though not exactly) negatively correlated with caloric content.

Special Dietary Concerns: Vegetarian, Vegan and Keto-Friendly Snacks

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A lot of hikers have special dietary requirements, so we wanted to make it easy for these outdoor adventurers to sort the table. Specifically, we wanted to make it easy to find vegetarian, vegan and keto-friendly snacks in the chart

So, if you scroll over to the right side of the chart, you’ll see three columns with checkboxes indicating whether or not the snack fits into these categories. You can even sort by these columns to group all of the snacks in your desired category together.

Alternatively, you can just click on any of these filter views:

But here’s the thing: There’s no universally accepted resource that identifies these types of foods – at least, not one we’re aware of. 

So, we had to figure these things out for ourselves. Ultimately, we decided that:

  • Any snack that was less than 10% carbohydrate by weight would count as keto-friendly
  • Any snack made without animal flesh to be vegetarian.

Defining “vegan” is obviously less cut-and-dry, as definitions and judgements vary.

So, we decided that any snack made without animal flesh or animal-based products, and generally treated as vegan-friendly would, in fact, qualify as vegan-friendly for our purposes.

If a manufacturer straight-up claims there product is vegan, then we took that at face value. If three to five websites considered it vegan, that was good enough for us.

All of this is to say that our assessments of keto-, vegetarian- and vegan-friendly are subjective, and you should verify that all ingredients in these snacks meet your dietary requirements.

Snack Selection: How We Picked the Snacks to Include

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We started by simply listing all of the hiking snacks some of our regular contributors like to take on the trail.

We then scoured all of the usual places (Reddit, other outdoor websites and publications, and hiking-oriented discussion groups) to see what kinds of snacks others like to bring. We tried to include everything that showed up with any regularity, and we also added a few unusual suggestions that caught our attention for one reason or another. 

But honestly, our list was a little heavy in some categories and light in others. So, we tried to add more snacks until we had something approaching a balanced list.

Eventually, we ended up with the following breakdown:

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No — it’s not perfectly balanced, but it’s pretty darn close. And keep in mind, this will change as you, dear reader, share your favorite hiking snacks, and we incorporate them into the table.

Where We Obtained the Nutritional Data

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We obtained the data for our chart from a few different authorities. 

We tried to use the USDA FoodData Central as our primary source, but that wasn’t possible for all of the snacks we included. In these cases, we tried to use the manufacturer’s website or the product label. When this wasn’t possible, we’d use the data provided by the retailer. 

We tried to use the “Foundational Foods” data when possible. This is essentially for “commodities,” like raw peanuts or blueberries. When that wasn’t possible, we tried to stick to products marketed by major retailers (Walmart, Kroger, etc.) or manufacturers (Nabisco, General Mills, etc.).

When discussing snacks that come in different flavors or varieties, we used our gut (and, when possible, retailer info) to select a popular one. When that wasn’t possible, we just used our intuition to select one that we thought would appeal to hikers.  

All of this is to say that the nutritional data of some of these snacks may vary a tiny bit from one brand to the next, but it shouldn’t be enough to make a huge difference. 

Bottom line: We did our best to provide accurate information, but readers should obviously verify the nutritional information provided before making important decisions based on our chart.  

A Special Note About Water Content

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We initially intended to include the water content of all the snacks in our chart. Water content is an important factor to consider, given that water is the thing contributing most of the weight to the foods we eat. 

But we ran into a problem: Water content wasn’t available for approximately half of the snacks we’d selected

When we first noticed that problem, we just tried looking in other places – maybe this was just one of the few shortcomings of the USDA site. But this didn’t prove to be very helpful. By and large, if the USDA didn’t have water content info, no one else did either. 

We didn’t want to let that stop us though, so we just started reaching out directly to manufacturers (the USDA did provide water content info for most of the “commodity” snacks).

But of the half-dozen or so manufacturers we reached out to, only one (Hormel) obliged. The rest were unwilling to disclose the water content of their food

Honestly, we found this pretty irritating. We feel like food manufacturers should be completely transparent about their products, especially as it relates to something as innocuous as water content. 

We get that they can’t very well share their exact recipes for competitive reasons, but we weren’t about to start whipping up snacks in our kitchens now that we had such sensitive information. 

After all, anyone who was poised to take market share and launch themselves into snack-food stardom can surely figure out the water content on their own. 

At any rate, we realized that we just weren’t going to be able to find the water content for half of our snacks. 

Fortunately, by simply comparing the same snack quantity across the board, water content didn’t end up being terribly important

We hope you’ve found our hiking snack comparison chart helpful. As we noted at the outset, this information is all readily available, but you’d have to go to a great deal of effort to compare some of the most common hiking snacks – especially to do so in apples-to-apples fashion. 

At this point, we’d like to make a few requests:

  1. Share your general thoughts about the chart and our analysis. We’ll update this article in the future to help refine it and make it more helpful to hikers.
  2. Let us know what snacks we missed. We don’t want to go overboard including branded products that are similar to any of the ones already in the chart, but if you like to bring along something different, we’ll gladly include it. 
  3. Tell us what you plan to bring on your next trek. Did this chart change your mind in any way? Have you discovered a new snack you’ll try to bring next time?

Sound off in the comments!

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