Popcorn and s’mores provide plenty of nighttime enjoyment around the campfire, but trail mix is the fuel that keeps the family going, on hikes and excursions during the day. There are as many variations of trail mix as there are stars in the sky, but the classic mix is peanuts, M&Ms, and raisins. The M&Ms tend to melt in hot weather, though, so it is a good idea to substitute additional dried fruits, such as bananas, apples, mangos, or apricots.
If hot weather is not an issue, however, you can really pull out all the stops and create a trail mix that the whole family will clamor for. The first course of action is to dress up those peanuts by substituting mixed nuts, instead. These come in both lightly salted and unsalted varieties, and commonly contain peanuts, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans. This base is definitely a lot more exciting than just peanuts.
Next up is the M&Ms and raisins, just like the traditional trail mix recipe. You can also add a bit more variety to the mix with some dried cranberries, along with the raisins. The final touch, though, is ½ to ¾ cup of Reese’s® Peanut Butter Chips. These are sometimes difficult to find, but are usually in your grocer’s baking section. These add just a bit more pizzazz to the mix, although they will melt into a gooey mess quicker than the M&Ms, in hot weather.
- 10 oz. Can of Mixed Nuts
- 6 oz. Plain M&Ms
- 1/2 Cup raisins
- 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
- 6 oz. Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
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Trail mix is only purchased to pick out the M&Ms…
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Deb – and it doesn’t seem to matter which store, either. Even our favorite “natural” grocery store has ichy trail mix with too many peanuts, hard-as-rocks raisins, and fake M&Ms.
For me, it’s good ol’ raisins and peanuts, whether it’s 100 degrees or 0. I always have to pick out two M&M’s, three peanuts and two raisins at a time, see. There has to be the proper balance of tastes. Occasionally, when I buy the pre-mixed GORP from the grocery store, they’ve substituted FAKE M&Ms, which just isn’t right. The candy coatings aren’t the same, so you really do have to be careful and look for those little M’s.
I have to watch the kids – they pick all of the M&Ms out 🙂
MMMMM… I love trail mix! My biggest problem with mixed nuts is that I always eat the Cashews first!
To combat this, I use about a 50/50 mixture of peanuts and cashew when I make my trail mix. But it is the M&Ms that really make it great!
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