Pre-War packaged food
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Ha. Yeah, can you believe some people still eat that stuff?”— Jas Wilkins on packaged food
Pre-War packaged food are food items found in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4. While most foods age and become inedible over time or get destroyed in nuclear holocausts, these packaged foods are so chock full of preservatives that they have survived both a nuclear war and 200 years in less than ideal environments making them a favorite among wastelanders for their non-spoilability (although sometimes a tad irradiated) and filling, high-calorie servings, though their taste still leaves much to be desired. There's also the chance of botulism with the less dry foods, but a little botulism never killed anyone (except for all the people botulism killed).
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BlamCo Mac & Cheese
BlamCo Mac & Cheese is a pre-packaged single serving of the classic macaroni and cheese dish, consisting of cooked elbow macaroni, white sauce, and cheese. Similarly to most packaged foods from around the Great War, Mac & Cheese remains edible for centuries and can be easily distinguished by its green packaging with the company's logo.
Box of noodles
An instant spaghetti dinner, containing spaghetti, cheese, and sauce. Contains enough servings for three people, or at least used to, decades ago.
Bubblegum is a confectionery treat targeted towards children. This is evident by the attractive small yellow boxes, with the product name clearly shown against a blue background. The box also contains a free temporary pirate tattoo (with an image of the tattoo on the side of the packaging).
A mysterious pre-War snack, this item is typically associated with obese boys from backwater towns, or rather, used to be. The preservatives used in these snacks make them edible even 160 years after the apocalypse: A testament to their unhealthy nature.
Cram Classic is a pre-War precooked processed meat, found in blue cardboard boxes. A staple of most American households, Cram ascends its convenient nature and can even be used in complex dishes, such as fire ant fricassée.
Dandy Boy Apples
Dandy Boy Apples is a product from the pre-War company Dandy Boy, consisting of apples packaged in a red cardboard box.
Fancy Lads Snack Cakes
Fancy Lads Snack Cakes are pre-War frosting covered snack cakes found around the wastes, packaged in plain white boxes with red labeling set above a stylized picture of a tied bow. Each box contains a single snack cake.
Gum Drops are pre-War confectionery consisting of congealed gelatin, found in small green boxes around the wasteland.
A very basic packaged food available in pre-War America, an InstaMash package contains freeze-dried powdered mashed potatoes. Just add water and you can enjoy a full plate of mashed potatoes, with Real Dig-In Flavor! as the slogan on the box says.
The MRE is a highly nutritious field ration bought by the United States Armed Forces for military purposes, for use in combat and field conditions where organized food facilities are not readily available. Though MREs were meant for military use, they became a favorite among survivalists for their packability and well rounded meals. The particular MREs found contains a boneless pork chop as the main course along with standard sundries.
Pork N' Beans
The Greasy Prospector Improved Pork And Beans is a nutritious meal, composed of beans stewed in a tomato sauce with pork, chunks of pig fat cured and cooked in hickory smoke (i.e. bacon) forming an integral part of the dish.
A product of Spring Valley, potato crisps is very low in nutritional value and should be eaten in moderation. The box encourages people to "see the moon map offer on the back!" (even though there is no such offer).
Salisbury steak is a dish made from a blend of minced beef and other ingredients, shaped to resemble a steak, usually served with gravy or brown sauce. It was invented by an American physician, Dr. J. H. Salisbury (1823–1905), whose name has been used since 1897 to describe this particular food item. Its popularity guaranteed it an enduring presence on the American market: up to the Great War, red packages with these "steaks" and the obligatory gravy were a common sight on store shelves. Due to the packaging process, these foods remain edible for centuries.
Sugar Bombs is a ultra sugary, pre-war breakfast cereal that can be found all around the Wasteland, packaged in white and blue boxes with a red ovoid logo at the top, fully labeled as "Sugar Bombs breakfast cereal." The cereal pieces themselves are modeled after atomic bombs, resembling mini nukes.
A standard television dinner, consisting of a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, cornbread dressing, frozen peas and sweet potatoes. The contents are definitely not edible at this point as everything but the box has turned to dust, and wastelanders are not sure if it ever was.
YumYum Deviled Eggs
Contained inside a simple blue packaging are deviled eggs: hard-boiled chicken eggs, shelled, cut in half and filled with the hard-boiled egg's yolk mixed with other ingredients such as mayonnaise and mustard. The YumYum brand eggs have been dried and prepared to last centuries in edible condition.