Caffeinated jerky and Zapplesauce: Adding kick to the military’s tough-to-swallow MRE – The Washington Post

That’s right, an Army lab here is testing a beef jerky stick that looks and tastes just like your average Slim Jim but contains an equivalent of a cup of coffee’s worth of caffeine to give even the sleepiest soldier that up-and-at-’em boost.

via Caffeinated jerky and Zapplesauce: Adding kick to the military’s tough-to-swallow MRE – The Washington Post.

We’ve written about Zapplesauce before, but hadn’t heard about the caffeinated meat stick.

4 thoughts on “Caffeinated jerky and Zapplesauce: Adding kick to the military’s tough-to-swallow MRE – The Washington Post”

  1. MCIs were heavy, but I think they were better. We were still getting C-rats when I was in the TARNG in ’85. We started getting MREs in ’86 and the quality went down. I felt the difference even over a weekend. I couldn’t drink enough water if all I had was a canteen, so I started taking a 2 liter pop bottle with me to the field so i could drink enough to be pass the blasted things.

    1. The original MRE’s were terrible, but by ’91, the second generation were in the field. They’re MUCH better, and much better than any MCI.

  2. MREs did improve after I got out. I bought a case to take camping in ’88 and they were better than the version we got in ’85-86. I haven’t had any after ’88 so I can’t speak to the current version. I know they cost more now – I used to get them $25 a case – but can’t say first hand if they are any better.

    My company supply room had a case of MCIs that I tried to con the supply Sargent out of. I lost that little battle just before I got out in ’86. He really wanted to hold on to the things for some reason.

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