The Trails According to Gorp


Regardless of what you call it, we all love trail mix. You get your sweet, salty and even spicy all in one snack. It’s lightweight, doesn’t need to be refrigerated, and gives you a little energy burst to tide you over until your next meal. It’s no wonder that some form of the snack has been around for a long time.

The exact origin of trail mix is uncertain. Some attribute its invention to two California surfers, in 1968. However, a recipe was mentioned in Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel The Dharma Bums. And, European versions can be dated back to the 17th century. But let’s be honest—people have been mixing some combination of fruits and nuts, well, since there were people.    

Mix up one of these blends for your next trail outing in the Golden Gate National Parks! 

Atomic Blend – A tribute to our Nike Missile sites
1 cup plain Chex cereal
1 cup pretzels
½ cup spiced peanuts
1 cup pistachios
1 cup Cajun corn sticks
1 cup Cajun sesame sticks

Mission Blue-berry Blend
1 cup dried blueberries
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup milk chocolate chips
½ cup golden raisins
1 cup almonds
1 cup peanuts

Scat Blend
½ cup dark chocolate medallions
½ cup chocolate jimmies
1 cup raisins
1 cup almonds
1 cup macadamia nuts
½ cup hazelnuts
¼ cup chocolate covered coffee beans

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