Can You Name All of These MREs From Your Military Days?
By: Talin Vartanian
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About This Quiz
MRE's are rations and pouches of food that keep active military personnel full and energized for the day ahead. This acronym also spells out "Meal, Ready to Eat" because they don't need to be cooked. For most MRE's, all you need to do is add water and mix it for a proper meal.
Aside from MRE's, there are also FSR's, MCI's and RCW's. RCW's stand for "Ration, Cold Weather" and are used during freezing and harsh climates. MCI's stand for "Meal, Combat, Individual" and comes in C-2, C-3 and C-4 rations. "First Strike Rations," or FSR's are used during combat to provide soldiers with a quick burst of energy.
Let's take a look at one of these MRE's. Turkey nuggets are kind of like chicken nuggets, except they are made with turkey. These small and bite-sized foods also have a lot of protein in them and are low in calories.
In this quiz, we're testing your knowledge on everything about MRE's. You'll have a chance to guess the names of popular MRE's, as well as what's in them, types of flavors and more! If you think you have what it takes to ace this quiz, we encourage you to test your knowledge now!
This type of MRE entree contains kidney beans and peppers. Can you name it?
Chili with beans
Chili with beans contains beef crumbles, kidney beans, peppers and a variety of spices for a rich and hearty lunch or dinner entree. Soldiers would also pair these MRE entrees with a side of corn bread and cheddar cheese spread.
Many MRE entrees and snacks contains trans fat, but one of these MRE's has no trans fat. Can you spot it?
Cheddar cheese spread
Cheddar cheese spread does not have trans fat it in, unlike its MRE counterparts in this list. Other MRE's that don't have trans fat includes the First Strike bar and a multigrain snack bread. Cheddar cheese spread was also used to spread over snack breads and crackers for a quick meal.
If a soldier wanted to replicate the taste of hot chocolate, which of these MRE's would he or she use?
Carbohydrate electrolyte beverage powder
Irish cream cappuccino drink mix
Fortified cocoa beverage powder
The fortified cocoa beverage powder could be mixed with water to replicate a hot chocolate taste. This was commonly consumed as an after-drink, or for breakfast (alongside MRE scrambled eggs and bread).
This MRE entree was commonly paired with tortillas and chips for a hearty meal. Can you name it?
Chicken and noodles
Beef taco filling
When soldiers wanted to replicate beef tacos for lunch or dinner, he or she would often fill tortillas with MRE beef taco filling. This pouch contains seasoned beef crumbles, spices and sugar. Soldiers would also consume these tacos alongside First Strike bars and Ranger bars as well.
This MRE entree contains pork, sugar and corn syrup and is often eaten for breakfast. Can you name it?
Maple pork sausage patty
The MRE maple pork sausage patty was often consumed as a breakfast entree, while the other options were consumed as lunch or dinner entrees. Soldiers would also pair this sweet MRE entree with a bread roll, a coffee beverage mix or dried fruits.
Which of the following is not a flavor of First Strike energy bars?
"Strawberry" is not a flavor of First Strike energy bars. Other flavors include chocolate and cran-raspberry. Soldiers would often consume these energy bars as a midday snack, or as a light breakfast entree (alongside a fruit-flavored beverage powder as well).
Which of these MRE's comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors?
MRE pudding powder comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors and was often mixed with water to replicate that creamy and smooth texture. This was also consumed as a dessert and was made with some vitamins like calcium and vitamin D.
Soldiers often enjoyed MRE cookies as a quick dessert, but which of the following was not a typical MRE cookie flavor?
MRE cookies come in a wide variety of flavors, including oatmeal chocolate chunk and chocolate chip, but raspberry is not one of them. There are also sugar cookies as well, which pairs well with a French vanilla cappuccino drink mix.
This MRE entree contains diced beef, modified corn starch and water. Can you name it?
Beef stew was a hearty MRE entree that was consumed by many soldiers for a filling meal. It also pairs well with a white or wheat snack bread, as well as mashed potatoes. In addition to diced beef, modified corn starch and water, MRE beef stew also contains soybean oil, garlic powder and soy milk.
Which of the following MRE entrees has oyster sauce in it?
Meatballs with marinara sauce
Beef chili with beans
Asian-style beef strips
Asian-style beef strips pack lot of flavor from the bamboo shoots, green peppers, oyster sauce and water chestnuts. This type of MRE entree was also commonly consumed with fried rice and a fortified beverage drink for a hearty meal.
Many MRE's were suitable for vegetarians, but which of these MRE's was NOT vegetarian?
Western omelet LRP
Mexican rice and chicken LRP
The Mexican rice and chicken LRP could not be consumed by vegetarians because it has chicken in it. "LRP" stands for "Long Range Patrol Rations" and were great for cold-weather climates. These are also known as "Military Overrun Pouches."
LRP's, or Long Range Patrol Rations, were freeze-dried MRE's that needed to be mixed with ________ first.
To enjoy an LRP, all you have to do is mix it with water and let it rest for a few minutes so it becomes an edible meal. Examples of LRP's includes Mexican-style rice and chicken, Oriental spicy chicken with veggies and scrambled eggs with bacon.
Which of the following is NOT an MRE turnover flavor?
Cherry, blueberry and apples turnovers are common in the MRE dessert menu, but not pear. These also look similar to Pop Tarts. Soldiers would often consume fruit-flavored turnovers after their lunch or dinner entrees as a sweet snack.
Soldiers typically flavored their meals with dried pizza toppings. Which of the following is a flavor of these dried pizza toppings?
All of the above
A wide variety of "pizza toppings" were used to flavor many types of MRE dishes, including mashed potatoes, chili and beef brisket. There are also parmesan and crushed red pepper flavors as well for a spicy kick.
MRE beverage powders came in a lot of flavors, but which of the following was NOT a typical flavor?
You won't find any cherry-flavored MRE beverage powders. Other flavors include grape and tropical punch, which are best served as a drink mix for lunch and dinner MRE entrees (like southwest beef or lemon pepper tuna).
This type of MRE drink was popular with soldiers for its rich coffee flavor. Can you name it?
Mocha cappuccino drink mix
As the name implies, a mocha cappuccino drink mix contains flavors of both mocha and cappuccino, which are types of coffee. The rest of the answers in the list have no coffee flavors to them. The mocha cappuccino drink mix was also used to give soldiers a quick burst of energy for a long training day or for a day in the field.
Hash brown potatoes are a common MRE side dish that comes mixed with bacon, peppers and _________.
Hash brown potatoes are flavored with onions, peppers and bacon, and are typically crispy on the outside. This type of MRE side dish was commonly consumed as a breakfast item alongside a piece of MRE snack bread with flavored jam.
Which of these fish were commonly served in MRE rations?
Tuna is a common type of fish that is served in MRE rations, because it already comes cooked. Some tuna rations are also already seasoned with lemon pepper. This was eaten as a hearty entree for soldiers, which pairs well with MRE crackers and hot sauce.
If you are consuming sour fruit disks, what type of MRE are you eating?
Sour fruit disks are a type of MRE candy that is both sweet and sour in nature. Other MRE candies include berry candies and chocolate disks. These were often eaten as desserts for soldiers, sometimes along with dried fruits as well.
The MRE entree "rice and beans" are typically served...?
MRE "rice and beans" are typically served Santa Fe-style, which includes many types of savory seasonings. Some of these includes garlic powder, chili powder and chiles. Santa-Fe style rice and beans are also commonly consumed with a carbohydrate fortified beverage.
The "southwest style beef" MRE entree comes with...?
Known for its savory flavors, the southwest style beef entree comes with black beans in a rich sauce. There are also bits of corn and red peppers in every pouch. This type of entree also pairs well with other MRE side dishes like corn bread and mashed potatoes.