Last updated on February 27th, 2017
Food storage food comprises many different categories, one of which is the practical ‘food bar’. They are not only good for storage at home, but they’re perfect for an emergency kit designed to travel (or your 72-hour kit in your vehicle, at work, etc..).
One such food bar is the Datrex food bar – which I personally keep a supply for my own needs.
Here’s why I like them:
THE CALORIES in a small package.
An ideal emergency food bar for survival is calorie-dense to reduce the overall size and bulk of what you’re carrying. While some of the food bars that you’ll see at grocery stores are either marketed towards supposed reduced-calories (100-150 calories) or others which are simply loaded with sugar, there are better purposed food bars for your emergency food storage…
Datrex Food Bar
The Datrex food bar contains 200 calories each.
They have a high energy value, are ready to eat, and they are not thirst provoking.
They have a 5 year shelf life.
They are United States Coast Guard approved (used on lifeboats in their emergency food storage).
They are made from all natural ingredients and have a bit of a coconut aroma and flavor.
They taste pretty good for an emergency food bar, kind of like a shortbread cookie.
They come in ‘bricks’ of 18, vacuum sealed in a heavy duty waterproof Mylar wrapper. Each of the 18 are individually thinly wrapped, although once you open the sealed brick, the shelf life is no longer applicable (in other words, it’s time to eat…).
Each brick represents 3600 calories. While rationing 1200 calories per day, you’re looking at 3 days emergency food per brick (e.g. while in a lifeboat waiting for rescue – low energy conditions). Otherwise 1 or 2 days depending on exertion and other factors.
Once an individual food bar wrapper is opened, it can be slightly crumbly, but that has its advantages for consumption.
TIP: I had a half dozen of the bricks, and while re-organizing my food storage – one of the vacuum seals evidently leaked (probably a corner). So I subsequently vacuum sealed each brick with a FoodSaver vacuum sealer (for double protection).
TIP: These bricks are perfect for keeping in my truck for emergency, along with the other items in my 72-hour kit. They happen to fit perfectly underneath the back seat which has a small compartment area for storage. Good during summer AND winter.
Datrex Food Bar Ingredient List
Wheat Flour, Vegetable Shortening, Cane Sugar, Water, Coconut, Salt
Sugar (5 gm)
Salt (0.75 gm)
Total Fat (23%)
Cholesterol (0.378 mg)