GORP

Before we took off for the lake a couple of weeks ago I put together what turned out to be probably the best trail-mix combo I’ve ever had. Most of the store-bought mixes are pretty much “Meh” in my opinion. They’re always padded out with raisins and cheap peanuts, or that “healthy stuff” that I’m not fond of, like sunflower seeds.

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This is what I ended up with, from left to right:

1-4~ Dried pineapple, mango, raisins and date… These were all leftovers in a canister. They were part of some bulk package of dried fruit that I had picked up at Sam’s Club at least a year ago, and that I had sealed up in a screwtop container. I disremember exactly what right now, but part of the mix had dried out really badly. I tossed that part out. And as I mentioned above, like most mixes, it had been padded out with way, way too many raisins. A bunch of them went in the bin too. But I left some of the largest, and juiciest ones behind.

5~ Last Christmas the Dotter had given me a bag of dried cranberries that had been soaked in orange syrup as part of their processing.

6~ One of my favorite all-time parings is to have quality dark chocolate, like 70% cacao, paired with crystallized, candied ginger. I had some ginger slices that it gotten badly dried out, so I broke them up into fingernail size pieces.

7-8~ Honey roasted cashews and peanuts.

9~ When I went looking for the M&M’s I also found some pre-shelled, salted pistachio nuts.

10-12~ And lastly the M&Ms, because no decent gorp is worth it’s name without some kind of the ubiquitous “candy-coated chocolate discs”. Let me make this perfectly clear… In my opinion, “candy-coated chocolate discs” are no substitute for an honest to gawd, Old-fashioned, All-American damn M&M!  With this in mind, I bought three of the small bags of M&Ms in the checkout lane. M&Ms have started coming in some weird combinations recently. They even had one called “birthday cake”… that one frightened me just a little bit too much with visions of HoneyBooBoo staggering around my campsite, so I left it behind at the check out. What I grabbed were Pretzel, Jumbo Peanut, and best of all, Coconut. The Coconut M&Ms are unbelievably good. An ideal blend of chocolate and coconut flavors. Like having a micro Mounds Bar, but without the coconut fibers sticking between your teeth. They were the perfect finishing touch to the trail-mix.

This turned out to be an incredible over-all combination. A lot of variety in tastes and textures, and just a small handful at a time is more than enough. This one is definitely a do over.

 

[BONUS LINK: if you ain’t got the time or inclination….]