Chocolate Popcorn and Almond Trail Mix
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This chocolate popcorn and almond trail mix is a great snack with the perfect flavors for any summer adventure.
Being around food all day, I love snacking. I usually snack on some almonds or dried fruit, but I’ve always loved homemade trail mixes. I’m taking this mix on a road trip to Utica, IL this weekend. We are going to Starved Rock State Park.
No summer adventure is complete without some great snacks.
Packing snacks like trail mixes for road trips is something I enjoy doing. I like to use good quality ingredients and only stuff I like, to ensure that nothing gets picked out.
This easy chocolate popcorn and almond trail mix takes less than 5 minutes to make with just 5 ingredients. Feel free to add or remove ingredients – fruit, seeds or nuts of your choice.
I’ve been loving Blue Diamond’s Roasted Salted and Lightly Salted (low sodium) almonds lately. They taste great on their own, but I used the lightly salted version in my trail mix. My husband was very happy to try the Blue Diamond low sodium lightly salted almonds and said that the amount of salt was just perfect.
The other hero of this snack is the popcorn with chocolate drizzle. We eat a lot of popcorn in my house. It tastes so good, when combined with chocolate! Chocolate helps to create the perfect balance of sweet and salty. I just drizzled some melted chocolate over plain popcorn. It is that easy! I also sprinkled a teaspoon of chia seeds, right after drizzling the chocolate, so it sticks to it. This adds some extra vitamins and minerals to the mix.
I also used dried tart cherries, dried mango and semi sweet chocolate chips. This trail mix is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, tart and sweet, crunchy and chewy.
It is very important, that you keep this trail mix in an air tight container or a zip lock bag, if you are taking it to the beach, party or a road trip.
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Easy Chocolate Popcorn and Almond Trail Mix
For the chocolate popcorn:
- 3 cups popcorn
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp chia seeds — (optional)
For the trail mix:
- 2 cups lightly salted low sodium Blue Diamond Almonds
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup dried tart cherries
- 2 cups dried mango
- 3 cups chocolate popcorn — (that you've made)
For the popcorn:
Melt chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place popcorn on it. Using a fork (or you can fill a zip lock bag and cut the corner), drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn. Sprinkle chia seeds (optional). Let the chocolate harden for 20 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine popcorn, almonds, cherries, chocolate chips and mango. Toss to combine. Transfer to air tight containers or zip lock bags.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 356, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 103mg, Carbohydrates: 70g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 47g, Protein: 5g, Vitamin A: 8310%, Vitamin C: 12.5%, Calcium: 51%, Iron: 4.8%
Yum! This snack mix looks just perfect, Mira! I love the salty almonds and popcorn in here. I think I could munch on this all day long!
Chocolate popcorn? That sounds like something I wouldn’t be able to eat just a little bit of. I am loving the sound of this.
Glad you like it Dannii!
Mira, I love this trail mix!!!! have a great time at Starved Rock State Park!!! I’m going to make this!!! love the popcorn too!
Thanks so much Alice! Hope you like it! have a great weekend!
Love all the ingredients here! And that popcorn addition! Genius!
This snack mix is great, Mira! Love the combination of salty almonds and chocolate popcorn!
Thanks Jen! Love your picture!
Trail mix is the best, you get all the flavors of savory, sweet and salty and this recipe looks delicious.
I mean, I want to make these, but I’m nervous that if I do I won’t be able to stop eating them 🙂
Yeah, it is hard to stop.. a little dangerous!
Ooo chocolate popcorn with almonds, sounds delish Mira!
Have fun on your road trip this weekend! This trail mix sounds perfect for snacking on! Love all the mix-ins you added! The chocolate popcorn is such a great idea! It sounds amazing with the Blue Diamond nuts!
I love this!! Chocolate popcorn is my FAVORITE, and the addition of almonds? Genius!
What a delicious snack, Mira! I love how you drizzled chocolate over that popcorn, too. Pinned!
I love trail mix! this combo sounds awesome! I love the almonds, chocolate and popcorn in here! have a great weekend!
This is perfect for road trips. My “chocolate & popcorn” loving sonshine would love the popcorn drizzled with chocolate. I am going to make this soon. – Sreelatha
Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I’m a big snacker too! So it’s always nice to have a healthier alternative 🙂 I love your combination of salty and sweet, and I always love a little chocolate in the mix. My husband and I love hiking, biking, canoeing…. this would be perfect to have along! Pinning for sure!
So glad you like it Kathleen! We also love hiking, biking and canoeing 🙂 🙂 🙂 That’s why I make trail mixes very often!
Chocolate and salt is my weakness. I love putting chocolate chips in my popcorn. This trail mix looks like the perfect travel food Mira. Have fun!
What a great idea, Mira! I especially love how you threw in the chia seeds – very clever! I need to sort my snacking out and get some healthier foods together – I’m terrible when we’ve got chips in the house!
Hope you’re enjoying your trip – road trips are so much fun, and it’s so great to get out into the countryside! 🙂
Homemade trail mix is so much better than shop bought. You can add exactly what you like! I love the idea of the chocolate popcorn, sounds delicious 😀
I love trail mixes! And this is just about the most unique combination I’ve ever seen. What a combo! I love the drizzle of chocolate on the popcorn, I must try that. 🙂
Hope you like it Nagi!
We’ve been hiking a lot lately and this is my favorite kind of snack to keep our energy up. Really can’t wait to try this, Mira!
This reminds me of an insane zebra popcorn I got for Christmas. My taste buds got way too excited looking at this ! I must make this , note to self !
Zebra popcorn sounds like fun! Hope you like this one, it is way too easy to make 🙂
OMGosh this looks incredible! This looks like the perfect combination of savory almonds, salty popcorn, sweet mango, and just overall deliciousness 😉 I HAVE to try this ASAP! Thanks for sharing! 😀
Thanks a lot!
I like your latest pic, Mira! Nice!
I need this trail mix for my road trip tomorrow. It would be perfect! Send some over, willya? 🙂
For sure! I made a double batch 🙂
Looks so good!! Such a creative recipe Mira!
Yummy! This snack trail looks just amazing, Mira! I so loved the salty almonds and popcorn in here! This is an awesome recipe! 🙂
Perfect trail mix! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!
Great for hiking & back to school snacks. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight Party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.
Thanks for stopping by!