Aunt Nancy’s comforting trail mix

homemade comforting trail mix

My very, very, very best friend S brought this when she visited last. It’s her aunt’s recipe and is usually reserved for special occasions or times when comfort food is in order. I got lucky and received a jar just for running a half marathon. It didn’t last the weekend.

2 cups almonds
light corn syrup (about 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon vanilla (feel free to use more!)
1 cup dark chocolate chips (or semi sweet, or a mix of your favorite chocolates if you prefer. I’d avoid milk chocolate or white alone, it’s just too sweet)
1 cup dried cherries

Stir almonds in a bowl with some light corn syrup and vanilla. Bake at 300° on a parchment lined cookie sheet for about 20 to 30 minutes, until they get a hard coating. Let cool. Then mix in a bowl with chocolate chips and dried cherries. Put in a jar and screw the lid. Avoid shaking once in the jar, the hard coating cracks. Not that I learned from experience or anything.

My opinion:
Like I said above, this didn’t last the weekend. It’s amazing. Don’t be surprised if friends and family start requesting this as a gift.