Archer Farms Trail Mix

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  • Love snacking? This recipe is for you- a simple blend of classic trail mix ingredients makes up this Archer Farms copycat. No familiar? It is a blend called Monster Mix sold at Target.

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    It honestly isn’t that expensive, but 9 times out of 10, I usually have the pantry staples laying around.

    Trail Mix Recipe

    What is trail mix? Generally speaking, it’s a blend of dried fruit and nuts made popular by campers and hikers. The mix of sugar and protein propels energy, it is easy to carry and tasty to eat, so it is good for the trail.

    Trail mix recipes have evolved and added more variety, the most popular being M&Ms. Story has it it that the Girl and Boy Scouts made the addition of chocolate popular.

    child's hand digging into a bowl of trail mix

    Well done, kids! Many of the recipes now include M&Ms and other types of chocolate and peanut butter chips.

    For me, a good trail mix recipe will satisfy my hunger, but also my sweet tooth. Hey, if I am eating it then chances are I am also doing a good amount of physical activity and will burn off that chocolate pretty fast.

    Monster Mix

    My version of Monster Trail Mix is a take on the store bought mix from Target which combines common pantry ingredients:

    • Raisins
    • Peanuts
    • M&Ms
    • Chocolate chips
    • Peanut butter chips
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    The perfect blend of texture, sweet and salty. Amounts can also vary, so don’t worry about exact measurements. Just eyeball it!


    There are many trail mix types and you can make up your own by simply adding or omitting ingredients.

    • Other types of dried fruit: cranberries, mangos, prunes or banana chips.
    • Switch up the nuts: cashews, almonds, pine nuts or pistachios.
    • Swap out candy: candy with a coating works the best if you are in hot weather, so M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces are ideal to not melt.
    • Granola- any type you’d like.
    • Seeds– Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)or sunflower seeds are very popular.
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    Trail Mix Cookies

    And then make them into delicious trail mix cookies! These easy cookies are soft and sweet with a hint of saltiness.

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    Make Ahead & Storage

    You can make Monster Trail Mix in large batches and just keep in an airtight container in the pantry for when you need it. It will stay good for months as long as it is stored properly.

    You can also make it into single size servings for your child’s classroom, as party favors or to send with your kids to camp. This is a snack the whole family will love!

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    Monster Trail Mix

    Monster Trail Mix is an easy trail mix of nuts, M&Ms, raisins and chips. The perfect snack for camping, hiking or an afternoon by the pool. Make a large batch and snack for days!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: homemade trail mix, monster mix
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 357kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • Mix together the peanuts, raisins, M&Ms, peanut butter and chocolate chips in a bowl.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.


    Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg
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