These days we don't have to resort to such lengths. In my book, PowerBars fill the bill. Perhaps the original energy bar, they're an exceedingly good energy source, but in my book taste mediocre at best, plus have the texture of candle wax. They're also very hard, so can be stuffed anywhere in a pack or pocket. Other modern energy barsnotably Clif barsare too tasty to pass the no-good-for-snacks test. PowerBars, on the other hand, always remind me of this old, 1950s-era British sci-fi film in which the hero finds a pack of aliens who have taken human form and are producing some chemical designed to enslave the world. Their cover: Making "synthetic food," something that probably sounded plausible in post-World-War-II Britain, where finding anything decent to eat was impossible. Anyway, whenever I bite down on a PowerBar, I always mutter to myself, "Ack...synthetic food!"
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