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Go Beyond GORP With These 35 Tasty Trail Mix Ingredients


There’s nothing like a bag of trail mix on a hiking or backpacking trip. Originally called GORP, for “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts,” this mix of dried fruit, nuts, chocolate and other dry ingredients can be a good energy source on the trail.

Almost anything can go into a trail mix, but many people try to find a good balance between sweet and salty items. Here are 35 tasty trail mix ingredients that you might want to try.


Some experts say that 50 percent of your trail mix should be made up of these ingredients, but be aware of allergies.

  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios


Dried fruits don’t spoil as fast as fresh fruit and won’t moisten the other ingredients.

  • Raisins
  • Banana chips
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried apricots
  • Dried apples
  • Candied orange peel
  • Dried blueberries


Be careful in warmer climates, because chocolate can melt and make a big mess.

  • Chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • M&Ms
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Sweetened coconut
  • Peanut butter chips


Everyone loves the satisfying crunch and texture of these ingredients.

  • Granola
  • Chex cereals
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Sweetened cereal, like Fruit Loops
  • Cheetos
  • Wasabi peas


Lightly sprinkle your trail mix with one or more of these spices for extra flavor. But be careful, a little goes a long way.

  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Curry powder
  • Chili powder

16 Comments on Go Beyond GORP With These 35 Tasty Trail Mix Ingredients

  1. There are only 2 ingredients in trail mix: M&Ms and disappointment

  2. I made my own (sort of) trail mix one time. I didn’t actually take tit to a trail though. I used teriyaki beef jerky, pretzel sticks, some chocolate, and saltines. It was AMAZING!!!!!

  3. joethenachoguy11 // November 11, 2018 at 9:42 pm // Reply

    VERY VERY tasty

  4. LouieDog13 // July 15, 2018 at 1:34 pm // Reply

    Love it. Especially the chocolate!!

  5. Longhouse162 // July 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm // Reply

    That is probably some awesome ingredients. But butterscotch chips.

  6. Sparkmike1113 // September 5, 2016 at 5:17 pm // Reply

    I love it all it can make the best trail mix I believe ha ha believe haaaaaa

  7. toasted coconut is much better than plain (it is easy and quick to toast in a skillet) and try dried date nuggets for sweetness

  8. Sounds like enough energy.

  9. You haven’t priced dried fruit lately,, huh !!!

  10. Some of these taste sooooo good!!

  11. We made this in scout’s

  12. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. very imaginitive!

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