|Rating:||8.8 / 10|
|Value for Money||2.0 / 2.5|
|Taste||2.1 / 2.5|
|Convenience||2.3 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.4 / 2.5|
Campers Pantry is an Australian owned company that freeze-dried food manufacturer based in Launceston Tasmania. I’ve been a big fan since we came across them just after starting Australian Hiker in 2016. For me it’s about the fact Campers Pantry is willing to take a risk and produce meal/snack options that aren’t just a repeat of what’s already on the market. One of the newer releases, a range of freeze dried ice creams, is a great example.
Now don’t get me wrong, you aren’t going to have frozen ice cream on the trail unless you’re packing a freezer unit but what you do get is the taste of ice cream. There are three favours in the range:
As you can see they don’t stick with the basic flavours! The ice cream base comes from the Van Diemens Land Creamery which does some pretty unique flavours – we talk about the taste testing below.
The as-purchased package weighs around 58 grams which includes 50 grams of product – consistent with what is identified as one serve on the nutrition panel and providing around 253 calories. When you open up the packets the ice cream has the texture of small slabs of honeycomb.
We tried three different ways of eating this ice cream with different results:
The only thing we didn’t try was adding it to one of the desserts but I would think that this would also work equally well.
Price wise this product is being sold as a ‘6-pack’ for AUD $48.82 RRP rather than individual packs which works out as $8.95 per packet. Not cheap by any means but what it does provide is ‘comfort food taste’ that only ice cream can deliver, and its pretty close to real ice cream.
So overall what did we think? Is this going to come with us on our overnight hikes? I’m a bit off a sweet tooth and once I discovered the trick of just letting it dissolve in my mouth, I made short work of two out of the three packets. The size and weight of these packets is pretty small and light so on those rare hikes where I do pack desserts, I will add these to the mix. If you are a dessert fan, then these icecreams are well worthy trying.
You can purchase the Campers Pantry Ice Cream from Campers Pantry
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PLEASE NOTE: As a special offer Campers Pantry is offering a 15% discount on meal purchases (information correct as at 17 September 2023). This discount will be applied at the checkout when you make your purchase via the above link
Campers Pantry has a full range of outdoor food from snacks to meals to desserts
AUD $44.82 RRP (for a 6 pack of one flavour)
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Campers Pantry ice cream out of the packet
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This review was done with product provided by Campers Pantry