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Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes
Munk Pack's all natural, gluten free, non-GMO, kosher, vegan pouches of squeezable oatmeal and fruit.
Andrew Buskov
Initial Report: March 09, 2015
Long Term Report: May 24, 2015Munk Pack Packaged

Tester Biographical Information:

Name: Andrew Buskov
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 207 lbs (94 kg)
Email: Rescue(at)Corridor9(dot)net
City, State Zip Madisonville, Kentucky  USA

Backpacking Background:

I’ve been backpacking for nearly 25 years, and have slowly started developing my ideal style. I’ve gotten my pack weight down to roughly 20 - 25 lbs (9.1 - 11.3 kg) before water, and am finally at a comfortable place. Day hiking is nice, but getting out over multiple nights is really what I enjoy. I like to take my time and view the scenery as opposed to hiking hard. I also like being comfortable and insist on an air mattress. I usually tent or hammock, but stay in shelters when needed.

Monk Pack FrontProduct Information:

Item: Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes
Manufacturer: Munk Pack
Website www.munkpack.com
Year of Manufacture: 2015
MSRP: N/A
Listed Weight: Net Wt. 4.2 oz (119 g)
Actual Weight: 4.2 - 4.3 oz (119 - 122 g)
Flavors: Blueberry Acai Flax, Raspberry Coconut, Apple Quinoa Cinnamon

Product Description:
(From reading manufacturer's website and product information)

Munk Pack grew out of the most simple of concepts; to create great tasting, packable, healthy, real food without out the fillers, syrups, sugars, and additives found in most snacks and power bars. Their line of Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes is the realization of that concept. These squeezes aim provide those on the go with a wonderful alternative to the usual, a packable tasty whole grain oatmeal fruit squeeze. They are designed with minimum packaging for minimum waste.

Product Impressions:

Munk Pack BackAfter arriving home from work early late last week, my wife presented me with a very neatly packaged Munk Pack box that Brown Santa left upon my doorstep. It was easily apparent as soon as I opened the box that this company was not only dedicated to healthy eating, but also doing their part to provide a better world. The nine packaged Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze packs were very carefully packaged in recyclable paper material. The only part that didn't appear to be recyclable was the fruit packages themselves, though this is also a question I have posed to the manufacturer. I'm definitely not a green-freak, and not everything in my house gets recycled properly. However, when I think about the world I want to leave for my six year old son, I tend to purchase products from companies who actively try to limit waste and landfill clutter.

Munk Pack Blueberry DoneOkay, so on to the tasty stuff... I have to admit, I couldn't help myself after opening the box and seeing exactly what was inside. It took all of 8 seconds before I popped open one of the Raspberry Coconut packages and took my first cautiously anticipated sip. See, while I'd love to say that I'm all about healthy eating, the layer of extra natural warmth around my midsection serves as a reminder otherwise. Because of this, I'm always cautious about trying new "healthy" alternatives to my usual diet. In my past experiences, healthy foods flavorings often sound great, but generally taste anything but great. This was most definitely not the case with the Munk Pack line of foods. As a matter of fact, I'm sipping on one of the Blueberry Acai Flax pouches as I write this. In short, so far, this stuff tastes awesome!

Not only is the oatmeal inside nice and creamy, the all-natural fruit that is used still has a bit of a pulpy consistency. I can clearly taste most of the fruit that is used in the ingredients. For example, while the package says Blueberry Acai Flax, I can taste the banana, as well as the apple, that are also ingredients. Mind you, they in no way overpower the Blueberry & Acai flavoring. However, at least for me, the hint of additional flavors leaves me wanting more. I truly can't say that I actually notice the oatmeal at all, either in taste or texture. This is actually kind of nice for me. While I enjoy my oatmeal uncooked, overcooked, sweet and flavored, or plain, the idea of sipping a grain through a makeshift straw was still something that was unnatural to me.

The fruit squeeze mixture is packed in a Cheer Pack pouch. With its resealable straw-style closure, tamper evident top, and collapsible foil packaging, this looks like a backpackers dream all the way around. I can have, and have had, a tasty treat anytime throughout the day that I don't have to eat it all at one time. It's easy to tell which pouch I've opened should I decide to save it for later. Plus, I can neatly collapse the packaging after I've finished with the product as shown by the photo on the left. The only issue I have so far with the product is that it's imported. I'd much rather see "Made in the USA" stamped instead of "Product of Canada". By the way, the blueberry pack that I was slurping on earlier, you can see in the picture that there wasn't much left after I finished. Black tape not included.

Long Term Report: May 24, 2015

Testing Locations & Conditions:

Throughout the testing period I was able to test the Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes on 3 different backpacking trips for a total of 7 days of hiking. Each of the trips was in the western Kentucky area on beautiful days with zero rain, and temperatures in the low-mid 60's F (17's C). In addition to the ones that were consumed on the trip, 3 of them were consumed while writing the field report and sharing with the family to get their take on the product.

Summary:

WOW! This item really is a backpackers dream. Throughout the entire testing period I found it hard not to grab one of these on the way out the door multiple times. I needed to save them for when I was hiking and backpacking, but the Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes are very convenient and taste wonderful. I loved the consistency, flavor, convenience, packability, and limited waste that was left over after I consumed the product. Even after eating them for 3 days in a row on one of my trips, I never grew tired of the taste. I was indeed able to close the package and "sip" on it multiple times throughout the day. At no point in time did I feel that the product tasted differently than when I originally opened the package. In addition, the product didn't leak or crumble inside my cargo pockets or my pack pouches like other trail goodies have in the past.

As mentioned, I did let my two kids and wife sample a couple during the testing period. My son (six years old) loved the taste of all the flavors and didn't seem bothered by the consistency at all. He's used to drinking from spout pouches as we often purchase apple sauce and other fruit smoothies in this style container. He said he "definitely wanted more during our next camping trip." My daughter (14 going on know-it-all), the picky / weak stomach / "ewwww that's nasty" one, liked the flavor but not the consistency. Once she realized that it was oatmeal in pouch she started gagging. This was after she smiled stating that that she liked the taste though. Chalk it up to wishy-washy teenage drama. My wife liked the taste as well, but wasn't too keen on the consistency either. She mentioned that she'd eat it again if she had a hankering for the taste, but it wasn't something she'd regularly pack for camping trips. As mentioned above though, I love them and will likely purchase some in the future for my own outings. The sense of tang (not Tang the drink) coupled with the sweet flavors of fruit wash over the tongue leaving me wanting for more.

I was, however, bothered by the lack of customer service that the company provided, or in fact didn't provide. Not one of my questions that were sent to the company were answered. I don't even know if the company received them as I never received any response from the company at all.  When dealing with food products there needs to be some sort of communication with concerned purchasers. This didn't sit well with me...

Pros
Cons
Great taste
Very packable
Little waste
Smooth consistency
Wonderful flavor options
Resealable
Convenient
Zero communication from company
when emailed with questions and comments.

I'd like to thank Munk Pack and BackpackGearTest.org for providing me with the opportunity to test the whole line of Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes.

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