Rating: 8.3 / 10
Value for Money 1.4 / 2.5
Taste 2.1 / 2.5
Convenience 2.3 / 2.5
Weight 2.5 / 2.5
Over the past year Campers Pantry have introduced a new range of meals onto the market for outdoor enthusiasts and included as part of this is three desserts to add the the limited range currently available. When I hike I won’t eat desserts every night, particularly during summer, but as the colder weather sets in they become part of my regular meal rotation as I look to boost the amount of calories I eat and to warm me up at the end of the day. These desserts are progressively becoming more commonly available and can also be ordered both online, in store and through the supplier.
Apart from being different to what is already on offer in Australia from Back Country Cuisine these desserts are single serve which is great if you don’t want to overeat.
The Campers Pantry Vermicelli Pudding surprised me. The packet says ‘rice noodles’ and I had a vision of pasta but found this to be a closer consistency to the Campers Pantry Creamed Rice Pudding with Apple offering. I really enjoyed this desert and while not quite as good at the Creamed Rice Pudding with Apple, it came close. The consistency was excellent, the sultanas were welcome, and I dont know if it was my imagination but it had a hint of golden syrup taste which I love.
The only drawback from my perspective is as a single serve dessert the cost is more expensive than if you were buying a twin serve from Back Country Cuisine. Having said that if you aren’t in the sharing mood and don’t want a huge dessert then these meals are an excellent size for one person.
The packet recommends 20 minutes for rehydration but I found like many of the main meals that 14 minutes is perfectly adequate. I ended up adding 145ml of boiling water but could have done with just slightly less.
This dessert comes in a bag that is well designed and the bottom opens out to provide a flat base if you want to leave the bowl at home. Unlike Back County Cuisine and Outdoor Gourmet meals, the Campers Pantry meals don’t have a tear point to make the food easier to access. This doesn’t bother me as I prefer to use a long handled spoon and leave the bag intact otherwise you can end up a big mess in your rubbish bag.
I do love my desserts and greatly appreciate having a broader range to choose from to provide a bit of variety. I will definitely add this dessert to my meal rotation and look forward to enjoying this offering on those longer hikes. particularly during the colder months.
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Campers Pantry Vermicelli Pudding desert as purchased
Meal bag with the base folded out allowing the bag to remain upright while rehydrating
Campers Pantry Vermicelli Pudding unrehydrated
Campers Pantry Vermicelli Pudding rehydrated and ready to eat
This review was done with product provided by Campers Pantry