Best Trail Mix Ever? It Gets My Vote.

May 26, 2011

If you’re a Costco member—or know somebody who is—pick up a 30-ounce bag of their Wholesome Fruit & Nuts on your next shopping visit. In my opinion, it’s one of the tastiest, healthiest, highest-calorie, and best value trail snacks available. It’s even sodium-free to boot. (If Costco isn’t an option, you can still find it elsewhere online.)

Sold under the Kirkland Signature label (the Costco house brand), Wholesome Fruit & Nuts consists of exactly five ingredients: dried cranberries, dried cherries, almonds, walnuts, and dry-roasted pistachios. The tangy sweetness and soft texture of the dried fruit (cherries especially) balance nicely with the savory crunch of the nuts.

It packs a solid 140 calories per ounce, which translates into a lot of go-power for the weight. The ingredient combination also provides an excellent nutritional mix. According to the bag’s nutrition label, each 30 gram serving (just over an ounce) includes 8 grams of fat for long-term power, 15 grams of carbs for quick boosts (mostly sugars from the dried fruit), 4 grams of protein for muscle replenishment, and 2 grams of fiber for regular flow. Plus there are antioxidants (cherries) and Omega 3s (walnuts) in there as well.

Depending on the Costco, a 30-ounce bag retails for only $9 to $10. At most grocery stores, you’ll pay nearly that much for a small 6-12 ounce bag of just one of the ingredients! If Costco isn’t an option, you can also order a bag for $16.99 through

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.