Scroggin – Australia’s Favourite Trail Snack

Scroggin (referred to as Gorp or trail mix outside of Australia and NZ) is defined as “a mixture of dried fruit, nuts, and other food eaten as a snack by hikers.”But it’s much more than that.

Scroggin is one of those things that we associate with being out in the bush, and as such, carries a lot of favourable memories.

There’s often a bit of ritual around assembling your bag of scroggin before heading out on an adventure.

Usually stored in a zip-lock bag, common scroggin eaters include hikers, mountain bikers, and skiiers.

In terms of traditional ingredients, nuts are almost always present to provide sustainability and protein, while dried fruit provides carbohydrates.

Chocolate and other sugary items help with a quick burst of energy for big hills.

But what ingredients make the perfect scroggin? Read on to find out.

Scroggin Ingredients

Personal preference really prevails when assembling a scroggin mix, and there’s really no right or wrong way to do things.

With that said, here is our go-to formula:

The Adventure Lab Ultimate Scroggin Mix

  • Nuts – Peanuts, Almonds, Macadamia, Brazil
  • Dried Fruit Including Mango, Apricot, Bananas, Sultanas, And Raisins
  • Yoghurt Covered Rasins
  • Chocolate Buttons (So Long They Won’t Melt)
  • M&Ms

History Of Scroggin

One backronym used is Sultanas, Chocolate, Raisins and Other Goody-Goodies Including Nuts, however, the actual origins of the word are very murky. 

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