National Trail Mix Day

A hiker happily snacking on trail mix while surrounded by lush greenery, wearing practical outdoor gear and a wide smile..
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If you've ever hiked a mile with a rumbling stomach, there's a day that deserves your respect and appreciation. Whether out in nature or just battling the snack cabinet, National Trail Mix Day has you covered! An unusual yet deliciously versatile snack, trail mix has somehow wedged its way into the world of annual celebrations. As crowned on the 31st of August, let's unpack the crunchy history and trail-blazing popularity of this nutritional powerhouse.

When is Trail Mix Day?

It's national trail mix day on the 31st August.

Kicking Off the Hike

The internet history of National Trail Mix Day is a nutty trail to follow. The day started picking up steam in recent years, with social media and foodie blogs championing the cause of this humble, crunchy snack. The most mentions of our beloved snack-day online peaked at 2248 on the 31st of August, 2015 — truly a red-letter day for all the trail mix connoisseurs out there!

The Magic Mixture

In the uncharted realm of nutrition and hand-held snacking, trail mix stands as a delicious, customizable, and powerful fuel source. Made from a variable smorgasbord of nuts, dried fruits, seeds, granola, chocolate (or carob if you're fancy), trail mix is a multi-textured treat that has found favor among sports persons, campers, and hungry office workers alike!

The Nuts and Bolts

Trail mix owes its creation to a clever Californian outdoorsman named Horace Kephart back in the 1910s. Seeking a lightweight yet energy-dense food for his wilderness journeys, Horace came up with the grand concoction that we now proudly call trail mix.

The Wholesome Appeal

Its mass appeal lies in its versatility. It is the people's snack, as modifiable as your heart desires. Whether you're fond of cashews over pecans, or have a soft spot for dried apricots — trail mix accommodates all! This importantly explains why global honour of such a snack extends to the farthest corners of the web.

History behind the term 'Trail Mix'


The birth of GORP

In 1910, Horace Fletcher, also known as 'The Great Masticator,' coined the term GORP, which stands for 'Good Old Raisins and Peanuts.' Fletcher promoted a diet based on thorough chewing and believed that mixing raisins and peanuts together created a conveniently portable and nutritious snack.


The introduction of trail mix

In 1968, trail mix as we know it today was introduced. A company called Hadley Fruit Orchards started selling a mixture of peanuts, raisins, and chocolate chips, marketing it as trail mix. This combination of sweet and savory flavors quickly became a beloved snack among hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.


Popularity and variety

During the 1970s, trail mix gained significant popularity, becoming a staple snack for outdoor activities. As its popularity grew, people started experimenting with different ingredients, adding items like almonds, cashews, dried fruits, and even chocolate candies. The versatility of trail mix allowed for endless variations to suit individual tastes.


Mainstream recognition

In the 1980s, trail mix gained mainstream recognition and became available in grocery stores across the United States. As people became more health-conscious, the nutritional benefits of trail mix, including its high protein and energy content, attracted a wider audience beyond just hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.


Trail mix varieties and global popularity

Today, trail mix has evolved into an incredibly diverse snack with a wide array of ingredients. While the classic combination of nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate remains popular, there are now countless variations available, including options for those with specific dietary preferences or restrictions. Trail mix has gained popularity worldwide and is enjoyed by people of all ages as a convenient, nutritious, and delicious on-the-go snack.

Did you know?

Did you know that trail mix is also known as GORP—Good Ol' Raisins and Peanuts—in the hiker's lingo? Imagine chomping on a handful of GORP!


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First identified

13th August 2015

Most mentioned on

31st August 2015

Total mentions


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