We’re always looking for different ways of using our biltong and our latest creation is certainly that! We’ve been busy crafting 3 delicious trail mixes to tempt your taste buds.
So, what’s a trail mix? A trail mix is usually a mixture of seeds, nuts, dried fruits and sometimes chocolate, eaten as a snack by hikers. Our trail mixes include all of these things but also our delicious biltong, another favourite snack of hikers.
There’s much debate about the history of trail mixes. Many believe it was invented by two Californian surfers in 1968 who mixed peanuts and raisins, however trail mix is also mentioned in Jack Kerouac’s novel The Dharma Bums in 1958. The recipe for trail mix is more likely to be European in origin, where it has been known as a snack under various names since the 17th century.
In New Zealand and some parts of Australia, trail mix is often known as ‘scroggin’ or ‘schmogle’. While in some parts of North America it is known as ’gorp’. Some European countries including Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia call it ‘student fodder’ or ‘student mix’.
Ben’s will be offering three versions of trail mix: Smokey chipotle, Hot & spicy Indian and Caribbean. Our Smokey Chipotle of course contains chipotle biltong along with ingredients such as, but not limited to, caramelised mixed nuts, toasted walnuts, dried kiwi, blueberries, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate pieces.
Our Indian mix includes our ghost chilli biltong and ingredients such as, but not limited to, honey roasted raw and salted cashews, almonds, toasted coconut, mango, corn nuts, chocolate bark and Mumbai bakan wadi bites to name a few.
And finally, our Caribbean mix has scotch bonnet biltong AND Jamaican jerk biltong along with ingredients such as, but not limited to, smoked pecans, dry roasted peanuts, dried organic jack fruit, banana chips, dark chocolate, cinnamon and all spice.
Our trail mixes are available via our online store: https://bensbiltong.com/