How Do You Eat Trail Mix?

I get a bit peckish every day around 11:00 and 3:00.

For years, I’ve addressed this by eating a few pieces of candy at those times. But recently I’ve started trying a new variation on this method: I mixed together some nuts, M&Ms, and Reeses Pieces into a homebrew trail mix. It’s delicious–I scoop out a combination of all three, toss it in my mouth, and mash it all together.

I mentioned this to a few friends today, and I was surprised to learn that some people eat trail mix in a completely different way. Several of them said that when they take a handful of trail mix, they hold it in their hand and eat individual pieces.

This blew my mind. To each their own, but my initial reaction was that this defeats the point of trail mix. It’s a MIX of different treats, and it’s the combination of them eaten at the same time that makes it delicious.

They explained that they like the variety, surprise, and choice offered by each handful. They pointed out that unlike, say, a Snicker’s bar, the ingredients in trail mix are easily separated, allowing you to pick and choose what you want.

While this isn’t my way of eating trail mix, I now understand their perspective. I’m curious: How do you eat trail mix?