Calling all chocolate lovers! Sometimes, it’s a must to incorporate chocolate into snacks. That’s what trail mix is best for: whether you’re hitting the trail or just need a snack to energize you during long afternoons at work or after a workout, these mixes combine the sweet, salty, and savory.
What you put inside a trail mix is at your discretion, but here are three of our favorite trail mix variations. For a touch of TCHO, cut up our bite size offerings or keep our chocolate bars on hand to cut up and toss in. We offer over a dozen signature flavors, and recommend mixing up your chocolate choice depending on what the trail mix du jour is.
1. Nutritious Trail Mix
These trail mix recipes from Walder Wellness feature several nutritious options, and call for including dried fruits such as freeze-dried raspberries, dried apricots, and chopped dried mangos. Pair with raw mixed nuts like pecans, pistachios, almonds and cashews; add in pumpkin seeds; and season generously with salt. The chocolate addition is up to you, but our Dark Chocolate Almond + Sea Salt pairs well with the nutty ingredients. Store the mix in a cool area, and serve at parties or take in a sandwich bag wherever you need a nutritious snack!
2. Crunchy Trail Mix
Another fun variation that’s great for a snack is this recipe from Six Sisters. Ingredients include:
- Two cups of walnuts
- Two cups of mini pretzels
- 1 cup of raisins
- 1 cup of golden raisins
- 1 cup of dark chocolate pieces - the best recommendation is a diced up TCHO bar in flavor ‘milk chocolate pretzel crunch’ to pair well with the mini pretzels in the mix!
Simply mix and toss all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. Trail Mix Chocolate Clusters
For a twist on trail mix, consider this trail mix chocolate clusters recipe from One Lovely Life. The flavor combination is up to you, but the main ingredients include a TCHO chocolate bar and 1 to 1 ½ cups of dried fruit and nuts.
Start by melting the chocolate bar of your choice until it has a creamy consistency. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the chocolate melt in little dollops (this can also be done with a spoon). The idea is to make them bite sized. Before they dry, drop in whichever dried nuts and dried fruits you want. Then, allow them to set for 1-2 hours.
The following are some ideas for flavor variations:
-TCHO dark chocolate banana nut with almonds on top
-TCHO milk chocolate rum raisin with raisins and sliced pecans on top
-TCHO 81% extra dark chocolate with dried apricots and walnuts
Have fun with the different variations!
Whatever your favorite trail mix ingredients are, TCHO chocolate bars provide the customization to try new mixes as you embark on new trails.