Everybody knows trail mix is essential on a camping trip. You need fuel on those long hikes and appetizers while you’re waiting (forever) for the fire to get going for dinner. You’re gonna go through a lot of trail mix and if you buy the packaged variety, suddenly your low-budget camping getaway can become a financial burden. Luckily, there’s no secret to making your own trail mix in bulk, and you’ll get to customize the exact ingredients and ratios you want. Ever feel like there were a whole lot more raisins than M&M’s in your trail mix? We’ve all been there, but now if you’re a chocoholic (and be honest, you are), you can tailor your mix by amping up the M&M volume. Just peruse the dried fruit and nut selection at your grocery store and pick up some things that interest you. If you buy 2 cans of nuts, 2 types of dried fruit, and one bag of M&M’s, you will save about $0.08/oz and end up with 3 pounds of trail mix for just over $10. My favorite combination is dried blueberries, dried cherries, almonds (cocoa dusted if you please), walnuts, and dark M&M’s.
- I have found that dried cherries, blueberries, and cranberries have much more flavor than raisins. And, as a bonus, they’re more nutritious too.
- If you’re guilty of sifting through the mix to pick out the colored M&M’s, get the bag of entirely brown ones so that the chocolate lasts through the whole batch.
- Mix the ingredients in a large Zip-loc, but then portion out your trail mix in sandwich bags for easier packing. Be sure to double bag for durability and to keep critters out!
- M&M’s are the best chocolate option—anything without a candy coating will turn into a mess.