We are headed to Beaver Creek, CO in a few days and it got me thinking about trail mix. This delightful little snack has an unbelievable amount of real estate in my pantry. I love it because there are so many creative things you can do with it. It travels anywhere. It keeps for a long time. It’s healthy– usually– but it doesn’t have to be. It can be given as a gift for just about any occasion: new house, new baby, Christmas, Thanksgiving, hospital visits, school lunches and party treats. You can almost always have the ingredients on hand to make some. It’s so quick, it’s so yummy and it’s so personalizeable. (My college age cousin loves to raid our pantry and use whatever we can find to whip up a batch to take back to school with him.) Plus, there are adorable ways to wrap it- put it in a clear treat bag, tie with cute ribbon, add a love tag and viola– fabulous homemade gift. I love the endlessness of possibilities. Ahhhhhhh……
It is quite the topic of conversation in our house too. For some reason we have had lots of experiences in our married life that relate back to trail mix and some seriously funny inside stories to go with it. One of the funniest ones Big A and I love to talk about is this and I am not embellishing it.
Several years ago we were at Disney Worlds’ Magic Kingdom. (some of the most fun we’ve ever had is watching other families who have traveled from everywhere “Do Disney”). So we are sitting and waiting in a little cove waiting for Belle’s Story Time to begin and this mom and dad beside us whip out what we now call “Disney Trail Mix.” Please believe this. Disney Trail Mix consists of: mini snickers bars, chocolate chip teddy grahams, peanut m&m’s, and fruit loops. I am dead serious. All mixed together in a tupperware. Some of you are saying, “Ya? So?”
Some people call trail mix G.O.R.P. Is that only in the East? Growing up in Texas, I never heard G.O.R.P. in my life. But I found out it stands for Good Ole Raisins and Peanuts. Just a little but of trivia for those of you who never knew and/or never cared to know that. I’m probably the only one who didn’t know it though.
Here are some ingredients you can keep stocked in your pantry for making trail mix anytime:
Any kind of nut you like: cashew, almond, walnut, peanut, pistachio, macadamia
Sunflower seeds or roasted pumpkin seeds
Any dried fruit you like: raisins, cranberries, cherries, apricots, apples. The grocery store is full of great options now.
Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, cinnamon chips, white chocolate chips
Mini Fig Newtons, marshmallows, corn nuts, potato stix, popcorn, mini vanilla wafers, graham sticks….
Pretty much any ingredient that is bite size.
This is my favorite combo. Took it with us to the hospital everytime. Salted cashews, sunflower seeds, semi sweet choco chips, dried cranberries. Yum!