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Chocolate for trail mix? Melt proof?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 08, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I've been reading here and Googling paleo trail mix recipes. I'm going to do a dried fruit + nuts + coconut mix depending on what I find at trader joes, but I would also like to add some Chocolate and not sure on what to go with there. I'm doing a long day hike (Mt. Katahdin in Maine) so it is just for that day to keep the energy going for a 10-12 hour hike. I'd like to get a paleo 'friendly' chocolate if I can and avoid say M&M's but I'm concerned that if I just get some straight up chocolate it will melt and make a mess. We've seen some pretty crazy hot temps up here the last 2 weeks. I'm honestly leaning towards just grabbing the M&M's and not worrying about it beyond that since I'm going to be burning some serious calories, but also thinking if I'm taking the time to make it I'd like to try to make something 100% paleo. I've seen a few people suggest the Carob Chips but the ingredients look pretty close to M&M's and they look like they'd melt pretty easy. Any suggestions?

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on July 30, 2013
at 01:30 PM

I ended up doing cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, shaved coconut, dried bananas, dried blue berries, dried cranberries, and golden raisins. I forwent the M&M's or any chocolate and didn't miss it at all. This blend was fantastic and a huge hit on the trail. I made 2 one gallon ziplock bags full for $30 (Trader Joe's) but I would suggest trying to make sure everything you add is about the same size. The Coconut and sunflower seeds kept going to the bottom and the banana chips kept floating on top.

7d46edca72c2f8347f65d7b734d1f1eb

on July 18, 2013
at 02:57 PM

My trip is this weekend and I'm just going to go with the M&Ms.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 08, 2013
at 08:32 PM

I agree, if you're using trail mix for its intended purpose (calorie-dense food for high energy consumption situations) then a little refined sugar shouldn't cause any harm.

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on July 08, 2013
at 07:44 PM

Provided you tolerate dairy (i.e. you can eat M&Ms and just choose not to because they're not Paleo), just go with the M&Ms. You'll be using enough fuel over the course of the hike that the sugar content in them won't overload you, especially if the trail mix is weighted towards nuts and coconut. Could look into dark chocolate M&Ms; they won't be anywhere near the 70 or 80% most Paleo chocolatiers recommend, but they'll be better than your standard milk chocolate. You could also just try dusting the nuts and coconut in cocoa powder for some chocolate flavor, but that can be...meh :P

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72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 08, 2013
at 07:37 PM

Yes, chocolate chips in trail mix will definitely melt and definitely make a mess. As for M&Ms, the bigger concern is probably the milk and the low cacao content (most paleo folks go for dark chocolate). But if you're okay with that, I wouldn't worry about the candy shell -- the amount of sugar is probably small compared to what's in the chocolate itself.

Many carob chips I've seen are sweetened with malted grain (it's supposedly more natural somehow?), so that should be a consideration.

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

(880)

on July 08, 2013
at 07:44 PM

Provided you tolerate dairy (i.e. you can eat M&Ms and just choose not to because they're not Paleo), just go with the M&Ms. You'll be using enough fuel over the course of the hike that the sugar content in them won't overload you, especially if the trail mix is weighted towards nuts and coconut. Could look into dark chocolate M&Ms; they won't be anywhere near the 70 or 80% most Paleo chocolatiers recommend, but they'll be better than your standard milk chocolate. You could also just try dusting the nuts and coconut in cocoa powder for some chocolate flavor, but that can be...meh :P

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 08, 2013
at 08:32 PM

I agree, if you're using trail mix for its intended purpose (calorie-dense food for high energy consumption situations) then a little refined sugar shouldn't cause any harm.

7d46edca72c2f8347f65d7b734d1f1eb

on July 18, 2013
at 02:57 PM

My trip is this weekend and I'm just going to go with the M&Ms.

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on July 09, 2013
at 09:33 AM

I've done this by just lightly dusting my nuts with cacoa powder. Tastes good, though temp in uk nowhere nr those you'll face but there no problem with melting so far

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