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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Popcorn for a Perfect Snack

Popcorn Passion Gorp
    This is the perfect snack for game day on TV, bicycle touring, hiking or a  pocket snack at the beach. By combining plain and caramel popcorn you get far less sugar per portion.

4 cups caramel popcorn
12 cups plain popcorn
2 cups whole almonds
2 cups cashews
    Put everything in a large bag and shake gently to mix. Serve in big bowls or portion into one-cup servings in snack bags. Makes 20 cups. Keep in a cool, dry place.  

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Snacks to Carry Anywhere, Eat Anywhere

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Granola Gorp

12 cups of unsalted popped corn, picked over
2 cups minute oats
1 cup peanuts
1 cup cashews
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon  salt
1 teaspoon  vanilla
    1. Set the oven to 350 degrees. Spread oats and nuts in a large baking pan and toast them 8 to 10 minutes.  This is optional but they’ll taste better and will also mix easier because they are warm.
    2. Use nonstick spray to coat a very large pot or a clean dishpan. Add popcorn, oats and nuts.
    3. Put butter, sugar and salt in a pan and bring to a full boil. Count 90 seconds on the clock, keeping it boiling. Stir in vanilla. Carefully drizzle the syrup over the popcorn mixture and mix well. Let stand until it cools completely.  Makes 16 one-cup portions.

Snacker’s Tip: When dividing gorp into snack bags, add an individually wrapped hand wipe.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Homemade Snacks are Healthier

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Grillside Gorp
Bring out cold beer and big bowls of this snack when the gang gathers around the grill waiting for the burgers to get done. Packed with energy and nutty nutrition, the mix can also be packaged by the cupful for your pack or pocket. 

8 cups square cereal, preferably three or four different flavors (not sweetened)
2 cups garlic croutons
3 cups smoked almonds
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon each smoked paprika, black pepper
1 teaspoon each onion salt, garlic salt

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Put cereal, croutons and almonds in two baking pans or rimmed cookie sheets. In a microwaveable cup stir smoked paprika and black pepper into the oil and heat 30 seconds or until warm. Drizzle over cereal mixture, mixing gently as you go. Bake 10 minutes, mix and bake 5 minutes more. Cool, sprinkle with onion and garlic salt and mix again.  
         Serve in bowls or cool completely and package for the hiking trail. Makes 13 cups. 

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Homemade Snacks to Eat Anywhere, Any Time

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Polar Bear Poop Gorp
Kids love the name of this sweet snack. Put out a big bowl for Santa or package it for the pocket  to take on a hike, century bike ride, X-country ski trail. 

1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 cups gummy worms, assorted colors 
4 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups yogurt-covered raisins
2 cups yogurt-covered or white chocolate-covered peanuts
4 cups yogurt-frosted small pretzels
1 cup vanilla salt water taffy or Turkish taffy, snipped into small bites
2 cups white chocolate chips

Put gummi worms and sugar in a large bag and shake gently. Add remaining ingredients  and shake again. Makes about 34 snacks of ½ cup each

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Homemade Trail Mix is Pocket Fuel

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Smart tip: by packaging gorp in individual portions of ½ to 1 cup, you control portions. Putting it in a big bowl invites you to binge.  Plastic snack and sandwich bags can be re-used. 
Shipwreck Gorp

4 cups crisp Chinese noodles
6 cups square cereal such as any flavor Chex

4 cups roasted whole almonds
2 teaspoons garlic salt
½ stick butter
1 tablespoon curry powder

    Put noodles, cereal, nuts and garlic salt in a clean bag and mix gently. Melt the butter, stir in curry powder and drizzle over the dry mixture. Toss gently but mix thoroughly. Package by the cup to carry in pocket or backpack. Makes 14 cups. Keep cool and dry and use within a week.

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