Taste Testing Tuesday #54 Trail Mix

Yep, it’s Tuesday once again and that means it’s time for Taste Testing Tuesday! Today is also Trail Mix Day so we are combining the two and taste testing trail mix. πŸ™‚

So what is trail mix? Trail mix is simply nuts, seeds, dried fruit and maybe some chocolate mixed together for a snack. People like to pack trail mix to eat when they go hiking or on a trail. πŸ˜‰ Of course, it’s great for anytime, including school lunches or after school snacks. So let’s talk about what goes into trail mix…

sOne main ingredient is the nuts or seeds. These are just some that I had on hand but you can use any type of nuts or seeds you like. We have cashews, pecan and pistachios.

Next comes the dried fruit…raisins, cranberries, dried strawberries, cherries, blueberries, etc. If its a dried fruit, it can go into trail mix. Another popular dried fruit that is often used is dried bananas.

You can also add some chocolate, but be careful where you will be taking your trail mix if you do. If you will be somewhere the temperature is hot, your chocolate will melt and make a mess. Add in your favorite candy, crackers, yogurt covered raisins, etc. The sky’s the limit here! πŸ™‚

So how do you taste test trail mix? Grab some small cups and lay out all of the available ingredients and let each person taste each thing and decide if they want to add it to their own individual cup of trail mix.

Put what you like in your cup…

…then place one hand over the top of the cup (so the pieces won’t fly out!) and shake your cup. This helps to mix the pieces together.

Then enjoy eating your trail mix right from your cup or pour it out onto a small plate or napkin.

Remember, it’s ok if everyone’s trail mix is different from another’s. Each person can make theirs to suit their own taste and favorite things. Maybe you’d like to make some for your next camping or hiking trip! Ziploc bags will also work great for each person to make their own trail mix. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!!

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