Kale chips are a healthy choice, but they will probably never top the list of the planet’s most popular snacks. Long before kale peaked and paled, we developed the munchies for an especially nutritious concoction. We recognize that original snack every August 31 by chowing down on Trail Mix Day.
Let’s take a quick taste of mix mythology. Food lore often credits the first mix recipes to California surfers in the late 1960s. Energy mix was mentioned in Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel, “Dharma Bums.” However, the first printed recipe belongs to Horace Kephart, author of a 1906 camping guide for early survivalists.
Food history detectives believe the sweet and savory stuff originated in 17th century Europe. They also point to evidence that Native Americans enjoyed similar snacks made from berries and dried animal meat. We believe time spent analyzing mix background can be better spent eating it.
That is how we are celebrating August 31. We’re sharing our good taste too. This Trail Mix Day, let’s blend fun themes and recipe ideas. For example, make movie nights tastier with a side of popcorn, dried cherry and chocolate chip mix.
Tap into your culinary creativity. Set your home chef free with an irresistible dessert mix. Toss chocolate-covered coffee beans, hazelnuts and cacao nibs with coconut flakes and white chocolate chips.
We’ll share one more idea on our way to the kitchen. How about a poolside party? Wading pools and birdbaths work too. Make the scene deliciously festive with a tropical mix of dried mangoes, raw cashews and banana chips.
The easiest way to observe Trail Mix Day is to simply buy a bag and tear into it. That’s fine too. The point is to enjoy another unique celebration on the HolidayDispatch calendar. We don’t have a million of them yet, but we are happily working on it.