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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Goblin Gorp for Halloween


Goblin  Gorp

    Make your own caramel  corn to cut down on the calories and salt. It’s made with real butter, not chemicals, and it’s just right for late night noshing around the campfire, fireplace or post-game bonfire. 


16 cups unsalted popped corn
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup real butter
½ cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla or butter rum flavoring
2 to 4 cups unsalted nuts (optional)

    Put popped corn in a huge, buttered bowl or clean container such as a big dishpan. Bring sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and flavoring. Drizzle hot mixture over popcorn, constantly turning it over with a sprayed spatula to coat popcorn evenly. Add nuts if if you wish.

Cool completely and package in sandwich bags, using one cup per bag. Makes 16 cups  without nuts. 

    Cook’s note: For Halloween, you might mix  half and half with candy corn after the mixture cools. 


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Homemade Trail Mix With Oats

Feeling-Your-Oats Gorp
    Oats are loaded with good things. Get more of them into your daily diet by making this delicious snack. Eat anywhere, any time.

4 cups crunchy granola bars such as Nature Valley cut in bite size
6 cups un-sugared square oat cereal
4 cups round honey nut oat cereal
2 cups broken walnuts or pecans
2 cups golden raisins


    Combine everything in a big bag or bowl to mix well. Package by the cupful and keep in a cool, dry place. Serve as a snack on the trail or as a walking dessert. Makes 18 cups.

Eat “walking desserts”.  Have a healthier, slimmer family if you push away from the table, give each person a bag of gorp and take a brisk walk to see the sunset, or birds, or what’s new around the neighborhood.   The dirty dishes can wait until you get back home


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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Homemade Trail Mix to Take Anywhere, Eat Any time

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Apple Pie ‘n Cheese Gorp
    This nut-free gorp is an anytime snack or pepper-upper. It’s also a satisfying dessert around the campfire.

8 cups freshly popped popcorn
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

    Sprinkle cheese over hot popcorn, working in batches if necessary. Let cool, then toss with

4 cups small white cheddar cheese square crackers
2 cups Cheddar Cheese Goldfish
2 to 4 cups cut up dried apple rings
2 cups gummi candies, apple or sour apple flavor

    Toss everything together lightly and package by the cupful in zip-top snack bags. Makes 16 to 18 servings of one cup each. 


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Friday, August 7, 2020

Homemade Trail Mix Wake-Up Call

Kickin’ Coffee Gorp

    This is a good snack anytime and especially good for jump starting your morning in camp, at the wheel or on the subway.  It’s also a cure for the 2 p.m. office slump.

    Make one big batch today, measure into snack bags for your pocket or backpack, and it lasts all week. 

2 cups cut up moist granola bars
1 cup semi-sweet bar chocolate, chopped small
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 tablespoon powdered hazelnut coffee cream
4 cups any chocolate flavor, ready-to-eat cereal
4 cups graham square cereal
4 cups mixed other square cereals
1 cup unsalted cashews
1 cup unsalted pecans
2 cups roasted almonds

    Cut granola bars into bite site and put in a large bag with the chopped chocolate, creamer and coffee. Shake gently to mix. This allows coffee and creamer to distribute well on the stick cut sides of the granola bars.
    Add remaining ingredients and shake gently to combine well. Package in snack bags by the cup (meal size) or half cup (snack).  Makes 19 one-cup servings. Keep cool and dry.
Gorpin’ Good Tip: Put a packaged wet wipe in each snack bag of gorp. 


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Monday, July 27, 2020

Homemade Snack Packs for Hiking, Home and Away

Social distance with a snack in your pocket at all times. When you make your own gorp in large batches, you can portion for the pocket, maintain portion control, reduce trash, save money.

Honey Mustard Gorp

4 cups cashews
4 cups pecan halves
4 cups small pretzels
8 cups mixed square cereals

Spread in greased baking pan(s). 

1/2 cup honey mustard
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sugar

Whisk mustard, oil and sugar well and drizzle over nut mixture. Bake at 375 degrees, watching carefully, 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir, cool completely, package. Makes 20 one-cup portions. 

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Homemade Snack Mixes for Hiking, Camping, Fishing

The great taste of rice crisp bars with less sugar

Rice is Nice Gorp
    Rice Krispies bars and their generic look-alikes are found everywhere these days, pre-packaged to eat anywhere.  Get the same great flavor but lower sugar intake by adding other ingredients such as rice cakes to the mix.

      Make a snack to be a walking dessert or an energizer on the trail. A cupful fits just right in a snack beg to carry in a pocket. This mix is all carbs. To add more fat and protein,  bulk it up with nuts ad lib.

4 cups cut-up Rice Krispies bars
2 cups cut-up “newton” style cookies, any flavor
2 cups cut-up dried fruit such as dates or dried plums
1 sleeve (one serving) dry pink lemonade drink mix
2 cups small round rice cakes, cut in bite size 
4 cups small, caramel flavor rice cakes, cut in bite size

    Using a sharp chef’s knife and a cutting board, cut Rice Krispies bars and newtons  into small, bite-size blocks. Put in a bag with the fruit and lemonade mix and shake gently to coat. Add rice cakes pieces. Shake again to mix. Package by the cupful. Makes 14 servings of one cup each. 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Homemade Trail Mix for Home and Away

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    This is just sweet enough to make a satisfying dessert. It’s low in sugar and lower still if you use sugar-free pudding mix. It’s good for snacking on the trail or in the car and it’s also a low-sugar lunchbox dessert. 

2 cups caramel corn such as Cracker Jacks
8 cups unseasoned or “lite” popcorn    (2 microwave packages)
3 cups Fritos
3 cups square corn cereal 
1 packet dry instant butterscotch pudding dessert mix
    Put everything in a large bag and shake gently to mix. Package by the cupful and keep in a cool, dry place. Makes 16 portions of one cup each.

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