Make a Better Trail Mix by Adding Just One of These 15 Ingredients
Trail mix is meant for far more than long hikes. It’s meant for car rides, 3 p.m. hanger, long flights, and late-night snacking — just to name a few. It’s the ultimate snack for nearly any situation, which means it shouldn’t simply be a sad mix of raisins and peanuts. Toss in just one of these 15 additions to jazz up this well-loved snack.
Bring the Heat
One ingredient is all it takes to spice things up.
1. Wasabi Peas
Little green peas coated in wasabi are sure to not only add crunch, but also give your trail mix serious heat.
2. Candied Ginger
The sugar coating balances ginger’s spice, but it still most definitely has a kick.
Take trail mix to dessert territory with chocolate candy or dried fruit.
3. Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans
Just a handful will add a jolt of caffeine and really keep you going.
4. Mini Peanut Butter Cups
You know you’re always tempted to buy a bag while you’re waiting in the grocery checkout line — here’s your excuse.
5. Kettle Corn
When trail mix meets country fair — it’s sweet, salty, and hard to put down.
6. Dried Pineapple
Raisins are boring, but chopped-up dried pineapple is not.
7. Colorful Mini Marshmallows
Sure, sometimes trail mix is intended to be the responsible choice, but more often than not, it’s really just a treat. Mini marshmallows double down on that truth.
Add Extra Crunch
It’s the crunch of trail mix that usually has us coming back for more.
8. Puffed Quinoa
Similar to puffed rice, puffed quinoa is extra light and crunchy.
9. Chopped Peanut Brittle
For a little bit of everything — not just crunchy, but sweet and salty too.
10. Plantain Chips
Add some tropical flair to your trail mix and toss in a few handfuls.
11. Marcona Almonds
Splurge a little on salty marcona almonds and your trail mix will feel a little bit like a luxury.
12. Corn Nuts
These giant, salty roasted corn kernels are usually washed down with a cold beer, but are also a great addition to trail mix.
Ready to go fully savory with your trail mix? These mix-ins can help.
13. Smoked Almonds
Smoky trail mix is exactly what you’ve been missing — you just didn’t know it.
14. Cocoa Nibs
Fancy up your trail mix. Cocoa nibs are the ultimate upgrade to those plain ol’ chocolate chips — it’s chocolatey without the sweetness.
15. Beef Jerky
Yes, really. Chopped up and tossed in, jerky essentially makes your trail mix a meal.