The taste of the MRE’s depends on where you get them. I’ve used them on hunting trips in the past that lasted as long as two weeks with no complaints about the taste. The ones I managed to get from Uncle Sam (back in the 80’s) were as good as any home made meal. The ones I picked up at the surplus stores (post 1995) taste like crap, but were still better than going hungry.
BTW, when I was a kid (not long after Christmas was established) I used to really enjoy the C-rats dad would bring back after summer camp with the military. It was a real treat in my book.
Guess when your raised to eat what is set in front of you or go hungry anything taste better than those nasty little store bought chicken pot pies mom used to serve atleast once a week.