Gorp is another word for trail mix. The term gorp appears first in the United States in 1968 with the back-to-nature food movement, which was championed by Euell Gibbons, among others. Gorp, or trail mix, is a mixture of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate pieces, granola or other foods mixed together to supply quick energy to hikers and outdoorsmen. The origin of the term gorp is murky. The most popular theory is that gorp stands for good ol’ raisins and peanuts, though the fact that there are generally many more ingredients involved in a proper gorp renders this theory doubtful. An interesting fact is that the word gorp is listed in a dictionary around the turn of the twentieth with the meaning to eat greedily. Again, it is doubtful that the inventor of gorp in the 1960s was aware of this use of the word. Even though the use of the word gorp to mean trail mix is a relatively new development, the origin of this term is unknown. In New Zealand and Australia, gorp is referred to as scroggin, in Wales it is called bwyd dewey. Occasionally one finds gorp written in all capitals as GORP, this is a somewhat dated rendering of the term, an even more dated rendering is G.O.R.P.


The emptiness lent sweetness to the moments when a person did appear, offering a few minutes of conversation, an exchange of gorp and, occasionally, hours of companionship. (The Star Tribune)

To help you on your way, we created Gorp Hermits, a sort of granola-inspired bar that is dense, delicious and sweet without being too over the top.  (The Dallas Morning News)

I once packed a (I swear) five-pound, gallon-size bag of GORP into elk camp and it was worth every ounce—especially to my hunting partner who probably ate at least half of it during the hunt. (Field and Stream Magazine)

Cairns, 30, said of the proposal: “We hiked up Mt Taranaki, got to the top … ate a sandwich and some scroggin, then Matt busted out an engagement ring and popped the question.  (The New Zealand Herald)



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