Today we celebrate a Wandering Pod first: A recipe for a treat that will be a hit with even the most reluctant child travelers.
The treat, of course, is trail mix. We’re big fans of the stuff in this house—a vestige of my pre-fatherhood life as a serious backcountry hiker and camper. We eat it as frequently as we can, and I try to cook up a special new batch of GORP (or GORP-inspired goodness) in advance of every one of our family road trips.
This past weekend, when we traveled into San Francisco to celebrate R’s third birthday, I outdid myself with what the girls are calling The Best Road-Trip Trail Mix Ever. Ingredients for this magic snack were simple: Dry-roasted and salted cashews, raw (and unsalted) almonds, Pepperidge Farm whole-grain goldfish crackers, and M&Ms.
If your kids like raisins, I suppose you can add those, too. And sunflower seeds. Without the shells.
Measurements for this kind of treat are totally dependent on what your kids like best; in our family, a 1:1 ratio of goldfish to M&Ms is key, and the nuts are almost secondary. You don’t want to make too much of the snack, because the goldfish go stale after about a week. I suggest storing it in a gallon-size Ziploc bag.
Oh, and to serve this treat, I like to portion out a half-cup for each girl and give it to them in their own travel cups (with lids).
What’s your go-to recipe for homemade road-trip snacks? What’s your personal mom/dad secret for trail mix?