Time in the outdoors, the sound of a light rain on the top of your tent, the smell of the trees, the laughter around a campfire every night…….all of those are the magic of camping. But, you know what really makes a camping trip? The SNACKS! So we’ve put together a list of must-pack tasty bites that are sure to level up your next camping trip. And here they are:
1. The Kinland’s Bottled Campfire Popcorn
(Image from The Kinland’s Instagram)
Super easy to make over the campfire. This one is both delicious, and sure to make a lasting memory for those with you on your trip. The Kinlands (formerly known as Petersen Family Farm) grow their own corn crops to make their fresh gourmet popcorn. They grow four colors of corn that are perfectly dried to create the best popcorn. Choose between red, blue, yellow, or calico.
(Image from Roam Free’s Instagram)
These delightful bison bites are the only 100% grass fed bison jerky that is also 100% sugar free. Sure to please all the meat eaters in your crew and they pack a powerful bit of protein - perfect for fueling outdoor activities. Jon and Brittany of Roam Free Ranch, not only produce this delicious and nutritious snack but also use proceeds from every purchase to help restore bison to their native home and regenerate grassland - which is America's number one most endangered ecosystem.
3. Dots Pretzels - Original
(Image from Dot’s Pretzels Instagram)
Started in Dot’s kitchen, this family owned pretzel company has a heartwarming story. And the pretzels are legit. The original has a unique flavor I haven’t found in any other pretzel and is good straight from the bag or dipped in pretty much anything - including Goat Milk Caramel - trust me. They come in a resealable bag that is easy to pack, store, or take in a backpack for any hiking, fishing, or boating adventures.
4. Neptune - Sweet Citrus Ginger Fish Jerky
(Image from Neptune’s Instagram)
Now, if you just crinkled your nose at the idea, uncrinkle. This jerky is delicious!! Balancing zesty lemon, rich honey, and refreshing ginger, a blend of sweet and savory is packed into every bite. It’s perfect for everyone. It’s also a great alternative for those who need to avoid nuts or red meat but could use a good natural source of protein while out on adventures. And the owner is a true expert, after working for Stanford in marine science and sustainable aquaculture, Nick Mendoza, became obsessed with inspiring people to fight for a better global seafood industry through something they could hold, touch, and taste. And Neptune was born.
5. Potter’s Crackers - Cranberry Hazelnut Crisps
(Image from Potter’s Crackers website)
This cute handmade berry box is filled with 6 ounces of organic deliciousness! Enjoy them on their own or if you really want to get fancy while camping, try this festive crisp with goat cheese, mascarpone or a camembert. The company is run by a mother and son duo. The two of them saw the specialty cheese industry in Wisconsin exploding with exceptional cheeses and no deserving cracker to accompany them. They combined their passion for good food to make a cracker that truly delivers the flavors of Wisconsin.
6. Maverick Chocolate Company Coconut Clusters
(Image from Maverick Chocolate Company’s Instagram)
Shredded coconut covered in their dark chocolate that is produced bean to chocolate by this family owned business that started in their kitchen. These make for a great treat after a long day outside or a snack on the trail or at the river or lake.
7. Stackhouse Orchards Dried Apricots
(Image from Stackhouse Orchard’s Instagram)
These aren’t your typical dried apricots. Soft, sweet, moist and a little slice of California sunshine. For over 50 years Rodney and Don Stackhouse have been farming together in the fertile San Joaquin Valley of California. Second generation orchardists, they have spent their whole lives growing only the very best quality fruit and nuts. These are the perfect bite to take with you for any outdoor activities or to let your little ones nibble on while you are preparing the evening meal at the campsite.
8. Bobo's - Stuffed Oat Bites
(Image from Bobo’s Instagram)
What started as a mother daughter tradition baking these bars for their family, continues to bake the same bar, using the same recipe, the same pan, in the same small-batches, and with the same simple wholesome ingredients you can find in your kitchen. And these stuffed oat bites are simply delicious! A great snack and honestly a TREAT that is sure to be loved and remembered by kids and adults alike.
9. Partyka Farms - Dry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
(Image from Partyka Farms Instagram)
These dry roasted pumpkin seeds are home grown and unique. Oh and hit that crunchy, salty craving while also providing some natural fuel while out in the elements. Both Jeff and Lora Partyka come from five generations of Western New York farmers. Their sons, Scott and Steve are sixth generation, and are now taking on more of the farm responsibilities. The pumpkins are grown and harvested in upstate NY.
We can’t wait to get out camping this summer with our families and bring the essentials (snacks) along! We want to hear from you about which of these you decide to try. You can always give us a follow or shoot us a message on Pinterest at Simply Heartland or on Instagram @mysimplyheartland. Happy Snacking, ahem, Camping!!