Trail mix ingredients are high-calorie, no-prep foods. This makes for quick fuel while on the trail or other outdoor adventures.
Trail mix is made traditionally with a base of nuts and seeds, along with other ingredients, like raisins, that don't require refrigeration and are easy to pack.
Ancient nomadic cultures had to dry fruit and meat to carry as they traveled, creating the first type of trail food.
Hadley Fruit Orchards and Harmony Foods both claim to be the first company to market a product with the name "Trail Mix." Both their products were introduced in 1968.
GORP, a traditional name for trail mix, stands for "good old raisins and peanuts."
Article Written By Kathrine Cole
Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.