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    Default Hershey Tropical Chocolate Bars

    Used to eat these which used to be included with C rations in the 60's. They were good for Florida cause they didn't melt. Anyone know of a source, chocolate in BOB or stockpiled would be sweet, sorry for the pun.

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    Let's see... I can confirm that what you are asking for apparently did exist. Here's a reference to it as a modified version of the Ration D.

    http://www.hersheys.com/discover/history/rationD.asp

    I found a mention that REI "used to" carry these Hershey bars.

    REI still carries a chocolate bar that claims it won't melt:
    http://www.rei.com/product/751595
    available in 4 varieties.

    Let us know if they are any good.

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    I've found tha M&Ms store pretty well.

    And another option here that I haven't tried yet.

    http://www.wildernessdining.com/shop...chocolate.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurcellvillePatriot View Post
    Let's see... I can confirm that what you are asking for apparently did exist. Here's a reference to it as a modified version of the Ration D.

    http://www.hersheys.com/discover/history/rationD.asp

    I found a mention that REI "used to" carry these Hershey bars.

    REI still carries a chocolate bar that claims it won't melt:
    http://www.rei.com/product/751595
    available in 4 varieties.

    Let us know if they are any good.
    I'll have to try them, I think I do remember getting some of the Hershey bars from REI when I did a lot of backpacking in the 70's. They weren't too bad, just harder than the regular bars and not as tasty. Thanks for the info everyone, it's good to know dementia is not complete yet!

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    You can make your own.
    Found this recipe on Zombie Squad.
    Haven't made it yet but I have the cocoa butter and beeswax.

    Here is recipe I found online on how to make your own. Enjoy.

    Here’s how you make,

    D Rations, D Rations yummy yummy D Rations. All right so they the
    ration of last resort, but at least they kind’ a keep your tummy full
    and if you use my recipe they don’t taste too bad. What I have done is
    take the original recipe and modify it a little considering we’re like
    60 years later. First off the list of ingredients to make 1 D Ration.

    3 oz of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate chips or chunks.

    1 oz of Table Sugar

    1/3 oz of Nonfat Dry Milk

    3 table spoons Oat Flour

    2 to 4 drops Vanilla Extract

    Paraffin Wax as needed (Gulf canning wax works fine)

    1 D Ration mold (Mine is a soap disk big enough to make 2 rations. I
    had to cut the bottom off with my table saw.)

    All of these ingredients are available at any grocery store. Ok here’s
    how to cook it up.

    First measure out the table sugar, nonfat dry milk and oat flour and
    put them into a food processor or blender. Now mix it up until you
    have a fine powder. The reason for doing this is that if you don’t you
    will get a D Ration that is really gritty when you eat it. Also, it
    makes it easier to mix with the chocolate later.

    You need a double boiler; it can be nothing more than a smaller pan
    that sits in a lager pan that has water in it. The thing is you need
    to heat the mixture from the boiling water not from the stove,
    otherwise you will burn the chocolate. Place the chocolate into the
    double boiler and melt it the best you can until you get a smooth
    mixture. I have found that I have to add some paraffin wax to get the
    chocolate to melt into a smooth mixture. Don’t add any more than you
    have to. Also, here is a tip from Hershey’s. When melting the
    chocolate add a drop or two to it. The trick is that it keeps the oils
    mixing and will help keep the melting temperature up and will last
    longer in the heat.

    Once the chocolate and wax o is melted add in one half of the ground up
    sugar, milk and oat flour. Mix it up as best you can and then add a
    teaspoon or so to the mixture. This will allow you to get the mixture
    to a consistency that allows you mix it all together. Once you get it
    mixed add the other half of the ground stuff and add another teaspoon
    or so to get it to mix up.

    One thing you will notice is that as the mixture sets under heat in the
    boiler, the water will start to separate out. Don’t worry about it, it
    mixes back in just fine. Now let the mixture cook for about 10
    minutes. Give it a good stir every minute or so.

    Now it’s ready to pour into the mold, but first give it one last good
    stir. Pour into the mold and then put everything into the freezer.
    Let sit until it is good and cold. Remove from the freezer and then
    remove from the mold and let it heat up to room temperature. Cut with
    a sharp knife to shape as necessary and you got a D Ration.

    What you end up with is a hard block that will crumble up with a little
    effort, just like the original. Unlike the original, at least from
    what I have read, the taste is pretty good considering and is entirely
    eatable. I would however, following the original instructions and eat
    it slowly. Wrap it up and put in a Repo D Ration box and you are good
    to go.
    Link: http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewt...+ration+recipe
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    Default Storing Chocolate Bars?

    I'm not much one for the sweets, though I can see some value in storing some simple chocolate bars. The can provide a little boost of energy and they are certainly liked by the womenfolk and the wee ones.

    Not knowing much about them, other than the fact that they melt, I'm curious on what the best way is to store them. How long are they good for? The military used to have a version called a Tropical bar that wouldn't melt in high heat; anyone still making these?

    Thanks all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivet View Post
    The military used to have a version called a Tropical bar that wouldn't melt in high heat; anyone still making these?
    I knew there was an existing thread on this, so I moved it into the right place. Now, I am responding so that it gets bumped up to the top so you will see this.

    If anyone can answer his questions about storing chocolate, this would be the place to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurcellvillePatriot View Post
    I knew there was an existing thread on this, so I moved it into the right place. Now, I am responding so that it gets bumped up to the top so you will see this.

    If anyone can answer his questions about storing chocolate, this would be the place to do it.
    Thanks for move. I vaguely recalled a similar thread, but couldn't find it off-hand.
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    After reading this thread I went looking for some other information. Here is another link for additional info.

    http://stores.etoreproductions.com/-...ion/Detail.bok


    Last edited by woodsman; 10-14-2009 at 01:36 PM. Reason: fixed post

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    Interesting. Thanks for the link.
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