Good Old Raisins and Peanuts (GORP) is anything BUT the same ole, same ole today. Trail mix has undergone a metamorphosis, with varieties that range from the savory to the Willy Wonka sweet and the only rule is that if you can pack it in a Zip Top baggie, it’s fair game!

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1. Gourmet Trail Mix

This trail mix takes the classic and updates it with high quality ingredients and twists. Whole roasted cashews, high quality chocolate chips, and flaked coconut all concentrated into a mix that is delicate enough to serve as a nibble with elegant cocktails. Get our Gourmet Trail Mix recipe.

2. Nutty Trail Mix

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You’d be nuts not to love this! Chocolate candy, roasted peanuts, and crispy banana chips are some of the key players in this subtle twist on classic trail mix. Get our Nutty Trail Mix recipe.

3. Tropical Snack Trail Mix

Visions of hula girls and beaches are on the horizon with this trail mix. Dried pineapple and mango, salted cashews, and nutty sesame sticks are in the mix—don’t shy away from adding some macadamia nuts, too. Get our Tropical Snack Trail Mix recipe.

4. Quinoa Chivdav

This traditional Indian snack works perfectly as a trail mix but is so savory that you might want to serve it as an appetizer. Quinoa, raisins, puffed rice, and a slew of seasonings and spices like turmeric and cilantro give this a decidedly southeast Asian bent. Get the Savory Quinoa Trail Mix recipe.

5. Sweet and Spicy Wasabi Trail Mix

This trail mix hits all of the right notes: Sweet, salty, spicy, and crunchy. Wasabi coated green peas, sweet and chewy cranberries, and a mixture of nuts are a great mix in for popcorn during movie night. Get the Sweet and Spicy Wasabi Trail Mix recipe.

6. Chocolate Lovers Trail Mix

This trail mix is just as good on ice cream as it is out of hand. Chocolate covered pretzels, cranberries and almonds give energy on the hiking trail and a sugar buzz as an afternoon treat. Get the Chocolate Lovers Trail Mix recipe.

7. Sweet and Spicy Cereal Mix

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This snack mix combines cashews, peanuts, and pretzels with a dash of cereal for a sweet and salty combo you’ll love. Get our Sweet and Spicy Cereal Mix recipe.

If you find yourself looking for trails to accompany your trail mix, here are the 5 Best Hikes Within an Hour of Washington, D.C.

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Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching “Arrested Development” reruns.
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