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Ultimate MRE Taste Test

Ultimate MRE Taste Test

– Are these MREs Y-U-M? – Let’s talk about that. (alarm rings)
(playful theme music) (fire blasts) (Link exhales sharply)
– Good Mythical Morning! – If you’re in Toronto,
New Jersey or Connecticut November 8th, 9th, or
10th, come see us on the Tour of Mythicality. Get your tickets now before they’re gone by going to – We’re gonna be on a stage,
you’re gonna be out there. We’re gonna connect. It’s gonna be, phew, gonna be something. – Yeah, something.
– Don’t miss it. – Something. – Now Rhett you are a low
key doomsday prepper, right? – Who told you that? Was it them? – No, it was you. You told me that, many times. Anyway, you and your type
have something in common with the brave men and women
that serve the armed forces and that thing are these
little vacuum-sealed meals called MREs. – Yes, MREs stands for meals ready to eat but to people in the
military, we’ve heard, can also be known as meals
rejected by everyone. More retching everywhere. My rectum’s inflamed. (chuckles) Meals refusing to exit. Marine rectal escape.
– Meals ready to expel. Meals rarely enjoyed. Meals rejected by the enemy
and meals requiring an enema. – Mm.
– So naturally, we’re gonna try a bunch of this food and rank the best MRE. Now we love the troops,
but do we love their food? It’s time for– ♪ I don’t know but I’ve been told ♪ ♪ These MREs taste worse than mold ♪ ♪ Sound off ♪ – Okay, now all of these MREs are produced for the United States military, but we recently ranked– – I think you might be overdressed. – You gotta carry your
spoon, your knife, your fork. Your salt and pepper
and your hanky somehow. – I’m suddenly jealous. – We recently ranked
the Jim Bakker buckets because, well, it’s a similar thing, but these are ready to eat so I think maybe they’ll taste better. – Okay, ready. Okay here’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna get started by
showing you how these are heated. So they’re ready to eat meaning
that everything you need is right here, including
the heating element that Link is gonna demonstrate right now. This is spaghetti with beef and sauce and we’re gonna eat this one last because the rest of them
had been prepared for us all the way heated up
but this one’s gonna heat while we taste the other ones. – So water hits this thing
and it start to make it hot. – Yeah, science!
– This is the heating element, and this is the food element.
– Oh that looks tasty. – I’m gonna eat the food, you’re gonna eat the heating element. – Can’t wait to get into that bag. – So you put both of those down in there and then you’re supposed to
fill it not above this line. It’s got a particular–
– A predetermined amount of water–
– Dosage of water here that I’m gonna add, and then– – So it’s going above the do not overfill but that’s just because
we’ve premeasured it. Everything’s gonna be okay–
– Don’t worry! – Don’t panic!
– Just chill out. Just, and then, I’m
gonna put this in here. See we’re like–
– It’s like a Hot Pocket. – Out in the wild, you know,
you find yourself a rock, put this right here. It’s gonna take about 10 minutes. I’m gonna put it over
here on the edge of frame and that’s it, it’s heating. – Yes.
– And while it’s heating, we’re gonna taste some
other meals that the crew has already warmed up for us. – And then we’re gonna
rank them on this board behind us on a scale of six to one. Starting with monstrous
repulsive excrement. Massive rectum evacuation. Mouth rejects entirely. Mediocre, really, eh. Mm! Really exceptional, and, makes Rhett ecstatic, and Link. – And me. Oh, I’m hearing this thing
scizzle, scizzle, scizzle. Let’s get the first one out here. – [Rhett And Link] Round one. – We got the beef taco filling. We’ve got the Santa Fe rice and beans. And we’ve got–
– Tortillas, plain. – Let’s put the beef taco
filling on first, right? – Listen, we’re not using plates because they wouldn’t have those. – Look at that. – This is pretty amazing. That tortilla–
– Wow! – Is supple. It smells good. – All right, so hold that. I’m just gonna dippity-do-dah. – Just put it in front of you there. – All right.
– Okay that’s probably enough. – [Link] Generous. And then some more right there. – And this is another thing
we gotta put on there? – Yeah that’s beans and rice, man. – You know what, it’s a very
appropriate temperature. – Oh you’re gonna do
some squeezey-squeeze? – [Rhett] I’m just gonna squeezey. – Oh yeah.
– Oh look at that. That’s tasty.
– Looks cheesy. – Break it off.
– It said beans and rice, but maybe it’s just the, I like how we’re being very reverent. – Yes. We don’t want the enemy to hear us. – Okay so now we get– (chuckles) Now we’re gonna taste it. Dink it and sink it. That’s great.
– It’s pretty good, man. (crew laughs) – Now anything with
beans you’re gonna like. You don’t have to like
it as much as you are, but I know you are because
this is some good stuff, man. – Both the things are
really good on their own. – So should we?
– I gotta pace myself. These MREs are really gonna do me right. – I definitely can’t say
this mouth rejects entirely. I mean, this is a pretty negative scale. Gotta start with– – That’s really exceptional! – Exceptional right there.
– It is really exceptional. Not lying!
– Yes! – [Rhett And Link] Round two. – Now we’re moving along
to chicken and noodles with vegetables and sauce. That’s catchy!
– Mhm. Hey Sarge, give me some of
that chicken and noodles with vegetables and sauce! – Oh did you mean the chicken and noodles with vegetables and sauce?
– Yeah! The chicken and noodles
with vegetables and sauce. – Maybe we should call it CNVS. – I bet they do, they like
to do acronyms of things. All right–
– CAN– (chuckles) CANWVIS would be can-woov-is. Can-woos-vis. – Now this sir is an interesting amalgamation of pouch. Food.
– Hold on. I don’t see chicken, I see noodles. I see vegetables, I see sauce. And I eat it. – (chuckles) I see happiness. – No no no no. Not as good, Sarge. – Not great, Sarge. Lieutenant. Lieutenant not great. – It has a metallic taste to it like it’s been left in there for too long. These are all relative,
we bought these new. They were manufactured recently. – This is like lower
quality than like that medium quality dog food that I feed Jade. – Yeah, I think my mouth reject– – It has human looking pieces. – My mouth rejects this entirely. I don’t know if it’s gonna cause
a massive rectum evacuation because it’s too early to know, but eventually, something will. – [Rhett And Link] Round three. – I don’t see how you could
screw up chili with beans. It definitely feels like the kind of thing that you put in a pouch
that you slightly warm, put it next to a rock and then enjoy. – Well it’s speaking your love language. – Look at that.
– Which is just beans. – Oh gosh. It’s a lot like the chili
that went into the taco. In fact, if I was a
betting man, I might say– – (chuckles) Right.
– That the chili with beans and the beef taco filling
are one and the same. – It’s got a different seasoning. – It’s sweeter.
– More of a spicy, sweeter thing. I’ll say it’s not as good
as the beef taco filling from that, which we have at number two. – I did go back in already though. – It’s not bad at all. – My mouth is not rejecting it. Eh, I kinda feel like it’s a meh. Mediocre really, but it’s
actually somewhere better than mediocre, but we don’t
have an option for that. So we’re gonna put it
right here at number three. – Totally agree. – [Rhett And Link] Round four. – Hey Sarge, I’m a vegetarian. Can you give me that
vegetarian option which is vegetarian taco pasta
parenthetically vegetable crumbles with pasta in taco-style sauce? – Oh, you’re talking about
the vegetarian taco pasta parenthetically vegetable
crumbles with pasta in taco-style sauce?
– Yeah, exactly. – I’ve got one! – Vegetarian taco pasta
parenthetically vegetable crumbles with pasta in taco-style sauce. – Here’s the problem, son. Chad already ate the
vegetarian taco pasta, the vegetable crumbles
with pasta taco-style sauce because we only had one! – Was that the parenthetical one though? – Yeah, here’s the thing. Micah told us, ’cause he
did the research on this, that typically you get a box of 12, and there’s usually one vegetarian option, so I think the thing is is
if Chad’s already there, (chuckles) he’s gonna eat
your vegetarian taco pasta. So you better get it quick! – It smells like school supplies. I mean like–
– That’s not a bad thing. – Pencils. – That’s not a bad thing at all. – Paper, a little bit of glue. I’m really not loving
those vegetable crumbles. – Well again–
– What is that? – It’s the same flavor
base as what we just ate. – Yeah, this is gonna get redundant. – Yeah. I was excited about this whole MRE thing when this started and
now I’m growing tired of it after four. – Yeah, this actually has a, there’s no powder involved but it has a powdery kind of experience in my mouth. – Is it worse than the chicken and noodles with vegetables and sauce? I think it might be and it
definitely is more likely to cause of massive rectum evacuation, so put it up there on
number five, Charles! – Yep, do it. – [Rhett And Link] Round five. – This is a two-parter. It’s not just the brisket entree. We also have the au gratin
potatoes, which is very fancy. – Oh, now we’re talking. What is au gratin anyway? Is that something you put on a potato or is that how you prepare a potato? – I don’t know.
– It’s just something you say. – Yeah.
– When you’re in combat. – Oh, that has a dog food waft to it. – Yeah it does. Ew.
– This is from a man who’s eaten a lot of dog food. – This just has a
cheesy, that smells good. That’s gonna cover up a world of dog food. – It kinda has a cheesy
pastiness to it though. Like a camp cheese. (Link mimics whip striking) – Okay. – You wanna go for the dog food first? – I’m more of a mix it man. – Don’t defile my gratin. Are you gonna defile my gratin? – I’m only gonna define my gratin. – [Rhett] Oh gosh. – Well, I’m gonna defile
the whole pouch I guess. I’m eat it together. – Mm, man, we started so strong. – That’s tough.
– That is not great. – Tough to eat. – Let me get some of that defiled gratin. – It doesn’t help. I mean it would be better
if they just made it devoid of flavor. Instead they gave it some
sort of anti-flavor wrongness. – Wow, that is rough in lots of ways. – I readily admit, if you’re
in a combat situation, last thing you’re thinking about is, how good is my au gratin, or even, what the hell is au gratin? (Rhett chuckles) – Yeah, also, when you’re out and about, the closest that I have
to this is just camping which is know is not really
a military situation, but things taste better
when you’re camping, when you kinda deprived yourself from the comfy parts of life. Oh so you think this is better
than the vegetarian stuff? – But this is still not
good if you’re camping. – [Rhett] They’re both real, real bad. – So I mean, this is real, real bad, but I don’t think it’s as
bad as chicken and noodles with vegetables and sauce. Yes it is. – Yeah, it is, yeah. It’s worse than that, here we go. – It is worse than that. – Once you get down here,
it’s just all a blur. – Brisket entree gets your hopes up, but then (whacks table)
slams you down into those things that military people dig. Ditches, what are they called? – Trenches.
– Trenches. – [Rhett And Link] Round six. – This is how you clean
your spoon in the trenches. – [Rhett] You gotta have a paper towel? – You just wipe it with a, yeah, I could wipe it with my camo thing, but I’m not gonna do that. All right, now we’re getting
to the one that we cooked right here before your very eyes. – Yeah. Got some pride going on in this one. We took care of it ourselves! – I mean it’s been the
right amount of time, but it doesn’t seem that warm. – I feel like it’s good enough. For what it is. It feels about normal. Break it out. – Okay. – Spaghetti with beef and sauce. You know, they could just
go like one extra step to name these something
that sounds appetizing. I mean maybe it’s an
advantage just to tell you exactly what it is. It’s just spaghetti with
beef and sauce, Chad. Shut up! You don’t even eat beef, Chad! – Now, I mean, this
doesn’t look any different than like the spaghetti I
would eat in grade school which I loved. – Oh, you remember in October
it would be scary spaghetti? (chuckles) – Yes. But it would be the same–
– Same exactly spaghetti. And every time I saw it on
my refrigerator at home, I was like, “Mom, it’s scary spaghetti!” (crew laughing) – Dink it. I like it. – Hold on, but just, what is that metallic
taste that’s happening? Because– – There’s money in the bottom.
– Smoke! – Smokes? – Is that supposed to happen? Sarge, was that supposed to happen? – Oh gosh, it stinks too. It’s like napalm, man. We been cooking with napalm. – No, probably not. It tastes like, I mean, Chef Boyardee– (Link gasps fearfully) Chef Boyardee would be better than that. You know what I’m saying, just
a straight up Chef Boyardee. Why can’t they just take Chef Boyardee and put it in pouches? – I don’t know, I don’t
have that type of clearance. – You really like this? I don’t even want another bite. And I’m the guy that
likes scary spaghetti. – It’s middle-of-the-road. I think all this is gonna shift forward. – I think it’s better than, yeah, right here. It’s not better than the chili with beans or the taco. – Move the beef taco filling. Let’s nestle it in third place. So, sorry vegetarian taco pasta parenthetically vegetable
crumbles with pasta in taco-style sauce,
you’re the big loser today. – And the winner of course
is tortillas, comma, plain, with beef taco filling and
Santa Fe style rice and beans, all mixed together. You should probably come
up with a catchier name for that because it’s real good. – Thank you for your service. – And thank you for liking,
commenting and subscribing. – You know what time it is. – Hi, I’m Aaron Wygen. – And I’m Kevin Pascline. – And we’re in the Middle East. – [Together] It’s time to
spin the Wheel of Mythicality. – Yeah!
– Nailed it. – Yeah! – Thank you both for your service. Click the top link to
watch us taste more MREs, including sides, drinks and
desserts in Good Mythical More. – And to find out where the Wheel of Mythicality’s gonna land. – [Rhett] Take a walk on the weirder side with these Mythicali-tees. Get them all at

Reader Comments

  1. As a vegetarian in the army, only having like 4 options out of 24 on two boxes – Chad always does take the vegetarian taco pasta

  2. Yes, camping is nothing like being in field with minimal chances to eat and minimal choices of what to eat while possibly being shot at and having to return fire.

  3. Also unless the soldier/marine/airman/navy person has the last name of Chad it’s unlikely said person in uniform will be called by their first name because only last names are worn.

  4. So they picked the top MRE options for you… where's the 2004 breakfast? The 2005 Jumbalaya? The meatloaf.. and your MREs are probably not dated for early Iraq war days like we were eating in 2007. Lolol

  5. Chili with beans will always have a place in my heart. Especially if you could find someone who didnt want their cheese spread or tobbasco

  6. Personally my favorite MRE I ate at bootcamp or MCT was Chili mac but I also really liked the southwest style beef and beans. And you wanna talk about getting tired of them after 4 try eating them every day for MCT

  7. It seems like I'm one of the few people who loved MREs. I had them while going through military school and basic training.

  8. Best MRE when I was in was the Chicken Tetrizini!!!!!!! Or anyone that had the MnMs, even the crunchy MnMs

  9. 13:09 in the civil war they used can food and Chef Boyardee was left over Military food for the North during the war according to my 7th grade social studies teacher

  10. Guess what I found at the commissary the other day? Chad didn’t get the last vegetarian taco pasta (vegetable crumbles with pasta in taco style sauce)

  11. I do these on my channel and I am always surprised how nice most of them taste. Good video as always guys.

  12. love the video but they should have showed the full mre!! theres so much more stuff in those things like snacks and candy and drinks. whenever i get a new one i feel like its christmas almost woth ALL the stuff they put in there

  13. When I was in the military, I tried to get people to call them mystery meals. Get it? Mystery…mister e… Mr. E…MRE. It didn't catch on.

  14. Actually if you're curious the metallic taste on 12:42 that Rhett said maybe because of the FRH (Flameless Ration Heater) that contains magnesium powder, bit of iron and some table salt that reacts with water when added and causes it to heat. 🙂

  15. It's not about what the main course is, its what's included in the MRE that makes it eatable. IE cheese spread

  16. Always loved the little bottle of tabasco that came with some of them. Tasted sweeter and spicier to me.

  17. Each meal has 3,000 calories and is bland, hence the salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce included in each pack.

  18. Drink plenty of water or you're gonna have a very hard time on the toilet. I speak from experience.

  19. Don't know about anyone else, but I LOVE MREs, and the fact that they are simple to make is the cherry on top

  20. Looking at those things makes me wanna throw up, I ate them for 2 weeks straight at Marine Combat Training.. 🤢

  21. I was in cadets and we got a civilian MRE supplier (MRE supply kit I believe) and the packaging/ alot of the menus are actually similar to some of the in service military ones. We boiled them and to be honest, the vast majority of the food was actually pretty damn good.

  22. where is the Jalapeno Cheese sauce and crackers? Where is the Charms? Also you gotta lay the heating element on and angle and or flat

  23. Who ever can eat the vegan mres and like it are
    A) have no taste buds
    B) have no tounge
    C) never had a vegan MRE

  24. I'm watching this because I'm heading to basic training tomorrow and was genuinely curious… lol looks like I'll be having loads of fun 😛

  25. Which is why there is my MOS, 92G, Culinary Specialist, y'all can survive 21 days on MRE's, and after that we HAVE to cook you got meals.

  26. Gratin is a widespread culinary technique in which an ingredient is topped with a browned crust, often using breadcrumbs, grated cheese, egg or butter. Gratin originated in French cuisine and is usually prepared in a shallow dish of some kind. (Wikipedia)

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