Snacks for the Apocalypse
December 2, 2019 2:36 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for fun ideas for climate-change themed snacks, no link is too tenuous.

I have planning meetings where we theme the foods based around the types of education programs we are planning. Last big meeting was bee-themed, so all food contained honey. This time, we're planning climate change activities so I'm looking for something fun. Give me all your excellent ideas. Somebody is already bringing roasted insects.

We initially discussed eliminating foods from the menu that would fall victim to climate change, but coffee is essential. Also the idea of a food-pocalypse, where all food systems have collapsed, is off the table because we are a workplace of feeders where a meeting without food may as well have been an email.
posted by cholly to Food & Drink (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
cups of soylent?
posted by kokaku at 2:38 AM on December 2, 2019

Sliders or meatballs made from impossible burgers? Perfect Day ice cream? Some other lab grown, animal product replacement?

Alternately, foods based on likely-to-be-extinct or relatives of extinct animals or plants: Lost Feast.
posted by carrioncomfort at 3:29 AM on December 2, 2019

I have been trying in vain to find a place to link you - the late food magazine Lucky Peach did an entire apocalypse-themed issue.

A couple things they did involved canned food - one was a couple of guys taste-testing different brands of canned spaghetti, and another was recipes for food using pantry staples. Maybe have a sort of "canned food pot luck", where everyone brings in a can of something that they could have plausibly scavenged from an abandoned supermarket.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:05 AM on December 2, 2019 [1 favorite]

Bowl of melted ice cream?
posted by EndsOfInvention at 4:21 AM on December 2, 2019 [4 favorites]

Dried jellyfish (look in an Asian supermarket).
posted by daisyk at 4:43 AM on December 2, 2019

Baked Alaska
posted by daisyace at 5:45 AM on December 2, 2019 [11 favorites]

posted by vacapinta at 6:07 AM on December 2, 2019

Eat whatever you want but pay twice as much for it.

Serve Topo Chico it has extra CO2.

Tomatoes grown in a greenhouse.

Acorns foraged from your neighborhood.
posted by SaltySalticid at 7:29 AM on December 2, 2019 [3 favorites]

Buy some canned foods, take off the labels, dent them with hammers, and serve unlabeled with a can opener.
posted by juniperesque at 7:43 AM on December 2, 2019 [6 favorites]

I'd do local foods. They wouldn't necessarily have to be ACTUALLY local, but all ingredients that could reasonably be sourced locally. Of course, that would mean no coffee (unless that's local to you?), and really if you want to talk seriously about climate change and you're not willing to go without coffee for one meeting...I dunno, no words.
posted by hannahelastic at 7:47 AM on December 2, 2019 [3 favorites]

Toxic Sludge (green Jell-O)
Dried fruit
Toast (served with a sustainable jam or butter -- Earth Balance is good)
Worms in Dirt
Earth shaped cookies
posted by NewShoo at 8:08 AM on December 2, 2019

Dried seaweed snacks, which are pretty easy to find if you have an Asian market nearby.
posted by SemiSalt at 8:23 AM on December 2, 2019

Pulled pork with a few finger bones and a wedding ring in it, and a placard reading “long pig”
posted by ejs at 8:59 AM on December 2, 2019 [2 favorites]

Salty tea (Suutei tsai) or miso with seaweed? They're not related to climate change directly, but they do taste a little bit like the ocean.

Less silly is food from places that are likely to suffer the most. The Maldives have many unique dishes. As does Bangladesh. (And many other places, I'm sure.)
posted by eotvos at 9:31 AM on December 2, 2019

Emergency/bug-out bag food i.e. freeze dried meals and MREs
posted by yeahlikethat at 10:25 AM on December 2, 2019 [1 favorite]

Tuna melt
posted by saladin at 1:48 PM on December 2, 2019

Toasted crickets. If you can track down some cuy, it may horrify your guests, but if we're eating mammals at all post-Apocalypse, it'll probably be rodentia. Are Twinkies too obvious?
posted by aspersioncast at 3:34 PM on December 2, 2019

Snacks based on staple foods that are threatened due to climate change:
- potato (see indigenous farmers in the Andes),
- taro (see Micronesian and Polynesian low-lying coral atolls),
- wild rice (see North American Ojibwe)

Since this is an educational group, you can put little explanatory cards next to things that don't seem very "apocalyptic." I hope your team makes delicious snacks... I am pretty depressed just coming up with three staple starches that are threatened...
posted by spamandkimchi at 5:23 PM on December 2, 2019

These are all fantastic!

The canned food idea wins - we cleaned out a store room a couple of weeks ago and found half a dozen cans of beans where the best before date has faded. Going to have fun denting them up in the morning!
posted by cholly at 11:48 PM on December 3, 2019

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