Mountain House – Apple Crisp
Eating apple crisp deep into Voyageurs National Park was a treat. With enough servings for multiple testers, we were all pleased to have packed this luxury on our 30-mile canoe trip through the Minnesota wilderness.
It won’t be the best apple crisp you’ll ever have (most of the ingredients are low-quality or synthetic), but it will still add a nice dessert to any outdoor adventure. Just don’t expect too much: the granola is so-so and the apples are spongy.
Specification: Mountain House – Apple Crisp
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Preparing this apple crisp is straightforward, but a little messy. When removing the oxygen absorber packet and the included package of granola, you’ll likely get cinnamon dust over your gear and campsite, a danger if you’re hiking in bear country, or even just some curious squirrels. Take care to keep the mess in a confined area that’s easy to clean afterwards.
A single cup of hot water does the trick, although we recommend stirring the dry ingredients beforehand. The package suggests stirring afterwards, but this makes evenly distributing the contents more difficult. The stated “5 to 6 minutes” steep time was accurate, as the result was a perfectly rehydrated dessert.
- Quick and accurate preparation time of under 10 minutes total
- Only a single cup of hot water needed
- Preparation can be messy
- You must add the granola separately, resulting in more hike-out waste
This will likely be the worst apple crisp you’ve ever had, but we bet you’ve never had a dessert like this in the middle of the woods or on top of a mountain. As far as outdoor-ready, pre-made desserts go, this snack did the trick of satisfying our sweet tooth.
Overall, our reviewers described the taste as “good-enough,” even if it was lacking the quality gooeyness of homemade apple crisp. Expect the apples to be spongy, the granola to more chew than crunch, and the aroma to smell a bit manufactured. But hey, we could have eaten an entire second bag if we had one, so it’ll certainly do the trick.
- It tastes incredible after a long trek, even if it doesn’t stand up to homemade variants
- Great balance of apples and granola
- Enough cinnamon and sugar elements to make this a crowd pleaser
- Apple chunks are spongy after rehydration
- Granola lacks a crunch
- Gives off a slight synthetic aroma
At Outdoor Food Lab, we list our weight ratings as such:
- 150+ calories/ounce: / Ultralight Hiking Food
- 131-149 calories/ounce:
- 111-130 calories/ounce:
- 90-110 calories/ounce:
- Less than 90 calories/ounce: