With a little bit of sweet and salty goodness in every bite, GORP is a snack mix that my family devours every time we make it. Whether it’s for a quick road trip, a movie night, or a longer camping trip, GORP has long been a favorite for all of us.
What Is GORP
GORP is an acronym for “good old raisins and peanuts” which was, according to some, the very first trail mix. Chocolate is traditionally included in most recipes for GORP. Today, GORP and trail mix are more or less synonymous.
I grew up munching on GORP whenever my family was road tripping. Some variation of GORP was always our trail mix of choice. Typically, my family made their trail mix with peanuts, raisins, and m&ms or chocolate chips.
Over the past 6 weeks of travel, GORP has been the snack I reach for the most. Trail mix is the perfect sweet and salty snack for long driving days, or for days spent on the go exploring a new city. That said, it is also one of my favorite snacks for a night-in or to have in my bag on a long day of running errands.
This handy square canister of snack mix has a regular place in my camper kitchen and we all reach for it often. I have probably mixed together a batch of GORP at least once if not twice a week all summer long.
Over the years, I’ve made countless trail mix combinations, some have been fancy and others not so much. I always go back to my favorite basic four ingredients: nuts, raisins, m&ms, and honey nut cheerios.
The honey nut cheerios are a MUST for me. I love the sweet crunch and they help keep it a little lighter. Not that I’m a calorie counting kind of girl, but I don’t like feeling lethargic if I snack on a decent size bowl.
To make GORP, you simply combine honey nut cheerios, raisins, nuts, and M&Ms in a container and mix well. Snack away immediately or stash it in the pantry until your next craving.
I store the snack mix in an old mixed nut container from Costco. I suppose I could say a “recycled” or “repurposed” container and be far more trendy that way. But truthfully? I just like the square sided containers from Costco for their space-saving storage and the fact that they’re something I already buy and can reuse. I store flours, sugars, nuts, dried fruits, countless other pantry items in these handy containers.
- 3 cups honey nut cheerios
- 1 1/2 cups raisins
- 1 cup mixed nuts or plain peanuts
- 1 cup plain M&M candies
Combine the cheerios, raisins, nuts, and candy in a large bowl. Stir well to thoroughly mix. Transfer to an airtight container or individually portioned zip-close bags. Enjoy!