Horror movies have been around for over half a century, and they've given us some of the most iconic monsters in cinema history, and in October of 1968, audiences were introduced to a new type of horror movie monster: the zombie. We're terrified of zombies because they're undead humans who crave the flesh of their living counterparts, and if we were to somehow ever become infected, we'd end up just like them. Since the release of Night of the Living Dead, there have been dozens of zombies movies, and the entire genre saw a massive resurgence thanks to shows like The Walking Dead, which is a perfect representation of what a zombie apocalypse would look like.
A zombie apocalypse would truly be Hell on Earth, as civilization as we know it would cease to exist and crumble, leaving the surviving members of humanity to fend for themselves. If a zombie apocalypse were to happen, it wouldn't stop us from having to carry out basic human functions, like going to the bathroom and, more importantly, drinking water and eating food. We need to eat in order to give our bodies the energy they need to get through the day, and if you end up having to outrun zombies all day, you'll definitely need a lot of energy. During such an apocalypse, no one will be producing food to fill store shelves, which means that you'll need to gather certain foods that'll last a while, and believe it or not, there are certain foods that are safe to eat well past their expiration dates. This article will identify 20 of them.
20 Maple Syrup
If you're stuck in a zombie apocalypse, you'll need to find a way to get some form of renewable food source, and maple syrup would be a good choice, but it would only really help those who are located near maple trees. Even if you cannot continuously harvest maple syrup from its source, it's still a good idea to carry some with you, as the tasty sap can last a pretty long time. If it's pure and properly sealed, syrup can last up to a year or more, but your best bet would be to freeze it in some way because crystallized syrup lasts indefinitely.
19 Potato Chips
In the U.S. alone, it's estimated that people eat about 1.5 billion pounds of potato chips every single day, which is to be expected considering how relatively cheap a bag is and considering how you can eat them straight out of said bag. Every single supermarket and convenience store has a full aisle dedicated to this unhealthily yet tasty snack, so there's quite an abundance, which is good because you can snack on them throughout a good portion of a zombie apocalypse. In most cases, potato chips last about 2 or 3 months, but if the bag stays closed and it's kept in a dark, cool, and dry place, they could last well over a year.
People have been enjoying olives for thousands of years, and unlike other members of the berry family, they taste good when they're ripe and when they're dried and shriveled. Dried grapes are known as raisins, and many people choose to avoid them based solely on their appearance, but they're the ones missing out because they make a great healthy snack. If you were to open a box of raisins, they'll usually last up to 6 months, but if you were to keep the box closed, you'd be able to eat them a year past their expiration date.
Many people consider bees to be incredibly annoying, especially if said people are allergic to the flying insects, but if it weren't for bees, we wouldn't have many things, including honey. Bees produce the sugary substance by gathering nectar from plants, and anyone who's tasted it before will agree that it tastes great. It's also a good snack to have handy during a zombie apocalypse, as it's lightweight and, more importantly, it can last up to 5 years if it's kept properly sealed and away from humidity. And if you can manage to keep it frozen, it'll last indefinitely just like maple syrup.
16 Dark Chocolate
Virtually everyone likes chocolate, which is why there are literally hundreds of different products out there, most of which come in the form of chocolate bars. All chocolate tastes good, but dark chocolate also happens to be quite healthy for you, which makes it the only type of chocolate you should be hoarding for a zombie outbreak. It's true that milk reduces the shelf life of all chocolate, but seeing as dark chocolate doesn't contain that much milk, it can last a lot longer. In fact, you could end up enjoying your dark chocolate for up to 5 years if you were to keep it at a fairly constant temperature of about 65°F.
Jell-O comes in all sorts of different colors and flavors, which is why it's still a pretty popular dessert. If you were to make your own Jell-O, it would last about a week, but if you were to buy the pre-packaged cups from the stores, they could last you a good 3 months if they're kept at room temperature. It's true that pre-packaged Jell-O doesn't last all that long, but that's not the case when it comes to the mix because dried and sealed Jell-O mix can last indefinitely as long as it's kept at room temperature, which means that you could, in theory, make your own Jell-O whenever you're not running away from zombies.
We now live in an era where people are trying to avoid processed food as much as possible, but if you're in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, you won't be able to avoid these types of foods. There's a lot of processed cheese eaten every single year, and if we were to get caught up in a zombie apocalypse, we can actually horde quite a bit of these cheese products, as they're not pure cheese. Many of these products are made with just 51% cheese, and since they have several preservatives, you can keep having a nice slice of "cheese" from the same pack for well over 6 months until it appears to be dry. Only then will you have to get rid of it.
13 Instant Ramen
If you were to search a college dorm room, there's a very good chance that you'll find some instant ramen lying around, and the reason for this is because it's cheap and very easy to make. You'd think that making soup during a zombie apocalypse would be a bad idea, but seeing as this ramen can be made in less than 5 minutes, it comes in very handy, and thanks to the noodles being completely dry, they can actually last up to a decade. What's really good about instant ramen, though, aside from the flavoring powder, is the fact that you can also eat it dry if you're in a real hurry.
Meat is a major source of protein, and if you're stuck in a zombie apocalypse, you're likely going to have to do some hunting in order to survive, but it would be better to try and turn the meat into jerky instead of cooking it. To make jerky, you need to trim the fat, then slice the meat, and then dry it by adding salt to prevent bacteria from ruining the meat. Homemade jerky will usually last about 2 or 3 months, which is fine, but if you get your hands on any of the store brands, the jerky will last at least 2 years thanks to the added sodium nitrate.
11 Astronaut Ice Cream
It can get really hot during the summer, which is why it's the most popular season for cold snacks and beverages, like ice cream, which believe it or not, can be used during a zombie apocalypse. As you can imagine, ordinary ice cream would definitely melt if you're moving in warm weather, which is where astronaut ice cream comes in, as it's a slab of normal ice cream that cannot melt at room temperature because the ice cream itself has been dehydrated. This ice cream can last up to 3 years, and if you can eat them up in space, they should be good for a zombie infestation.
Zombies will come after you no matter what you're doing, which is why it'll be extremely difficult to find fresh meat during the apocalypse, but luckily for us, meat can be found in a can. Spam was first introduced in 1937, but it wasn't until the 1940s that it became popular. And according to its ingredients, it's made with pork, water, and modified potato starch. You can also find a large amount of salt in Spam, which is why the meat inside is able to be preserved for quite some time; in fact, the unopened contents of the can could last up to 3 years.
9 Energy Bars
If you plan on surviving the zombie apocalypse, you'll need to have a boatload of energy, and when it comes to energy bars, you can literally eat one as you're running for your life to give yourself a nice little boost. These bars are made from cereal and other high energy foods, and they're specifically made for people who don't have time to eat an actual meal, which makes it a perfect snack, especially when you consider their longevity. From the moment they're manufactured, these bars usually don't expire for about 3 years, and even if they do expire, you can still eat them for another year.
Twinkies were invented in 1930, and they immediately became a huge hit in the U.S., to the point that there was a tiny uproar in 2012 when the snacks were briefly removed from store shelves for 10 months. These little snack cakes taste amazing, which is why they claim the top spot on this list. They also have the potential to last for up to 30 years, as none of the ingredients used are fresh. If you do eat 30-year-old Twinkies, though, chances are, they won't taste like some that are half as old, but if the Zombieland movie taught us anything, it's that people will be looking to find some.
7 Peanut Butter
Peanut butter has been around for over 150 years, and over the course of time, we've found different uses for it, but most people still either make sandwiches with it or simply eat it out of the jar. There's quite a bit of fat and vitamin E in peanut butter, which keeps it from oxidizing, which means that it can last way past its expiration date; in fact, natural peanut butter can last up to a year without being refrigerated thanks to the oil in it. As long as peanut butter is kept properly sealed to ensure no moisture touches it, it has the potential to last 3 to 5 years.
6 Powdered Milk
When people wake up in the morning, they usually have some kind of breakfast that they wash down with coffee or some kind of juice, but many people also tend to drink milk during the first meal of the day. Milk also serves as a decent late-night snack, as many people drink a glass in the middle of the night, but during a zombie apocalypse, not many people will be waiting around to get fresh milk from a cow, which is where powdered milk comes in. Powdered milk normally lasts 2 years, but if it's in an airtight container, it can last up to 10, and aside from drinking it, it can also be used as a baking or cooking ingredient.
Not everyone likes beans. In fact, a lot don't, but if you're in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, you cannot be all that picky when it comes to food, especially since a can of beans can serve as a decent snack. Canned beans can last for quite a while, thanks to the contents being sealed within an airtight container with preservatives, which allows them to retain a decent amount of their flavor. In case canned beans aren't your forte, you can always look for dried beans, as they can last up to 30 years as long as they're in a relatively dry and cool place.
During a zombie apocalypse, you'll be spending most of your time trying to avoid the undead, but at some point in time, you'll get the chance to relax for a night. And during that night, you could treat yourself to a nice cup of hot chocolate. In order to get this, though, you'll need to find some instant cocoa lying around, and you'll need to make sure that you keep the cocoa powder in a dry container because that's how you ensure that the cocoa lasts for 2 or 3 years. If you feel like having instant coffee instead, you'll still need a good container; just make sure you don't use too much of your water.
3 Canned Fruit
If you were to go to a supermarket, you'll find at least 1 aisle solely dedicated to canned food, and the reason for this is that the food inside lasts relatively long and just needs to be heated up. During a zombie apocalypse, you'll probably not have time to farm fruits, which is why canned fruit is a very appealing option, as the fruits can last up to 2 years as long as the cans aren't opened in any way. If you cannot find any canned fruit, go for vegetables instead, as they'll be preserved for up to 5 years, but as soon as you open the can, you'll need to eat everything in it quickly.
2 Bouillon Cubes
As you might have guessed by now, it's best to carry small foods around as they don't weigh you down too much, and bouillon cubes would be another great lightweight snack as they're usually half an inch wide. These cubes are made using vegetables, meat stock, and a small amount of fat, and then all the ingredients are dehydrated. But you can also add some other flavors to give them a more satisfying taste. Some people may not like dehydrated food, but these cubes are generally pretty good. And more importantly, they don't spoil for about 2 years.
You'd think that crackers would be a very smart food to horde during a zombie apocalypse, but that's not really the case, as virtually all crackers end up spoiling within 2 months if they're kept at room temperature. There is one type of cracker, though, that'll last you a very long time, and that would be hardtack, which is a pretty simple cracker/biscuit that's made using flour, water, and sometimes salt. Hardtacks have been used in the past as military rations, and they were still edible after a 50-year period, which makes them one of the only snacks that you should actually try to horde should the zombies come.