When Was Trail Mix First Made?

Overview

Trail mix is a healthy snack usually consisting of nuts, fruits, cereal and small chocolate candies mixed together. The snack is a portable, high-energy food and is easily packed for use during outdoor recreational activities.

Nomads

In ancient times, nomadic tribes carried dried fruits and meat to have a quick, easy meal. Other groups such as soldiers, Native Americans and pioneers adopted this type of food because it is easy to carry and did not have to be cooked.

Gorp

Since the early 20th century, gorp describes the ingredients for a convenient, take-anywhere snack. Gorp is an acronym for granola, oats, raisins and peanuts, which is one possible recipe for the snack.

Patented

The name trail mix first appeared in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1968 when Harmony Food Co. claimed the name. In addition, Hadley Fruit Orchards claims to have been the company to invent trail mix, and it carries a patent.

California

Two surfers in California, it is claimed, invented trail mix by combining peanuts and raisins to take with them to the beach.

The Dharma Bum

Jack Kerouac mentions trail mix in his 1958 novel "The Dharma Bum" as he writes about his characters Ray Smith and Japhy Ryder hiking through the West.

References

  • Food Time Line
  • Jack Kerouac Book Review
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