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October 23 2014 @ 02:17 pm
Make Your Own Trail Mix  
I love and hate trail mixes. First, they almost always contain peanuts which I just don't enjoy. Second, they almost always have one ingredient I can't stand (dark raisins). Third, if they contain pretzels the package is half pretzels. Fourth, they give you a quick and easy snack when you are at work or on the go. I'd virtually given up on trail mixes as the only one I've found and liked had a ton of cashews in it. Originally, this didn't bother me until I couldn't figure out why my asthma was flaring up. Turns out cashews are an asthmatic trigger. So out with the cashews.

Then when visiting my best friend in So Cal, we went to a WinCo which so far can only be found in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Texas and Washington. Debbie (best friend) went about buying snacks for her family in the barrels section of the store. See WinCo sells all kinds of things by the pound or ounce out of barrels like an old candy store. You can get candy, pasta, seasonings and so much more.

The weird thing is I knew WinCo had this barrel section and never put it together but this trip got my brain working overtime. So a couple of weeks ago, while I was at my WinCo, I decided to make my own trail mix which you can see above.

What I Got:
Raw Almonds
Blonde Raisins
Dried Cranberries
Dried Pineapple (which I had to chop up)
Banana Chips
White Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Chips
Dark Chocolate Coco Covered Almonds - Beyond Delicious

These ingredients cost me approximately $10 but I ended up with a lot of mix (picture above is just my office stash). And it is delicious.

I also had some dried strawberries from our local Farmers Market which I dumped into the mix... I'm sad to say I can't get more of those until next summer. These dried strawberries are like the pineapple and have a gummy like quality. And while there is chocolate in this mix, I tried to keep it to a minimum so as not to make my mix nothing but sugar. I have to say this has been one of the best treats to have around. I might try the dried apples next time. WinCo also had Hazelnuts and Macadamias but they were rather pricey, though I might splurge someday.
wings128wings128 on October 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
Everything you mentioned is why I don't like trail mix either. I'm definitely not a fan of peanuts or pretzels, I love cashews, so thankfully I'm not an asthmatic, and I adore dried pineapple.

I might have to look into this further :)
Jill aka Jo: Fringe: How Did This Happen Walter - Petsireesanwar on October 24th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
I would guess that any market that has this barrel system would be a good place to try out making your own mix. It has been years since I encountered the barrels anywhere which I think played into me not realizing the potential until with my best friend.

Right. What is with a million pretzels. I can stand a few but most mixes with them are more pretzel than anything else.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on October 28th, 2014 08:24 am (UTC)
I really dislike raisins in my mixes, but only because it seems like they put only old ones in the mixes :D So I'm very happy that I found one with only nuts that I use for my breakfast muesli now.

But having the option to create your own mix can be worth so much, when the ready made options suck :) I'm glad you found this and have something you can enjoy now :)
Jill aka Jo: Holiday: Happy Halloweensireesanwar on October 30th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
I don't like regular raisins either. I do like the golden ones though. There are raisins and peanuts in everything.

Only nuts. We can get those in nut mixes but I like few nuts. I wish I liked them more and could eat more of them so I could eat something so healthy.

I'm glad I found something too. I hope to put less sugar in further options though this one didn't have a lot despite the mix options.

I'm can't wait to make more.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on October 30th, 2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
I think those are the ones I like, too :)

I always have some nuts in the mornings. But OHHH today I put them in some chocolate pudding :D
Jill aka Josireesanwar on October 31st, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
Jo Ann: Elijah Eat it like you mean ityeuxdebleu on November 2nd, 2014 06:47 am (UTC)
That sounds absolutely delish. And it would be much fresher than the mixes you buy in bags.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on November 4th, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
That is definitely true. And it is delicious. Plus all that dried fruit. So good.