Easy to make and fun to eat, this tasty treat makes a festive addition to any holiday celebration with the use of seasonal M&Ms.
As a kid at camp in Maine, I loved to sign up for the hiking trips. Typically, we hiked portions of the Appalachian Trial, usually carrying supplies in a frame pack on our back, camping out for a few nights at a time.
We always brought “Gorp,” an easy-to-pack, energy-filled trail mix that was adored by all. Camp gorp consisted of chunks of homemade granola, raisins, peanuts, and M&Ms. (Every once in a while, the M&Ms were replaced with carob chips which was not popular!)
So tasty were the granola chunks and M&Ms, I saved them for last.
In the past, I have made many versions of Gorp. My chunky granola recipe was inspired by the memory of what I enjoyed eating at camp. The snack mix I make using that granola as a base is one of my all-time favorites.
The following “gorp” contains yummy chunks, too, this time using a mix of cereals held together with some white chocolate “glue.” What could be better?
For a festive treat, use holiday-colored M&Ms that suit the time of year. For a healthier version, substitute the M&Ms with dried cranberries–or simply add them to the mix.
This recipe makes a large quantity and will keep for weeks when stored in an air-tight container.
- 1 pound white melting chocolate
- 5 cups Rice Chex
- 3 cups Quaker Oatmeal Squares*
- 3 cups Cheerios
- 2 cups thin pretzel sticks* (I break them in half)
- 2 cups cashews
- 1-2 cups plain M&Ms (or dried cranberries)
In very large bowl or roasting pan, combine the cereals, pretzels, cashews, and M&Ms.
Melt the white chocolate in the microwave in thirty second increments, stirring as you go. (I use a quart-size Pyrex measuring cup for this.) Once it is completely smooth, pour over the cereal mixture. Gently toss until all of the cereal mixture is evenly coated. Carefully, turn mixture onto a large piece of parchment or wax paper to cool. Once cooled, store in an air-tight container.
*For a gluten-free treat, use gluten-free pretzels and substitute more Rice Chex and Cheerios for the Quaker Oat Squares, or use another GF cereal that is similar.