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My friend Aylin and I were talking about GORP today at lunch. That is the 70s name for what we call trail mix today.

Although we remembered the funny name we couldn't remember why it was called that....

Trail mix is an ideal snack food on the trail. It is lightweight and easy to store, because all of its ingredients are desiccated. It is also very energy rich, providing quick energy from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit and/or granola, as well as sustained energy from the mostly mono- and polyunsaturated fats in nuts.
backronyms for the word gorp, an alternate name for trail mix, are Good Old Raisins and Peanuts and Granola Oats Raisins and Peanuts. Some assume that gorp is an actual acronym for one of those phrases (or alternatively for "Gobs Of Raw Protein"), but it is probably a folk etymology. The Oxford English Dictionary cites a 1913 reference to the verb gorp, meaning "to eat greedily".
While prepackaged commercial variants of trail mix are readily available, mixing up a homemade batch is also an option.
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1 comment:

annie said...

We learned it as "Good Ole' Raisins and Peanuts" when I was a kid. Not that I'm old enough to know... ;)