Appetizers

This trail mix is made in Auburn and it’s light years beyond the usual gorp

Wings trail mix/topping is a blend of sweet-salty-crunchy quality ingredients.
Wings trail mix/topping is a blend of sweet-salty-crunchy quality ingredients. apierleoni@sacbee.com

Too many trail mixes are aggregates of rolled oats-heavy granola, chocolate chips, stale peanuts and raisins. Sure, they temporarily sate the appetite, but the hike ends there.

Now, a new made-in-Auburn gluten-free snack has alighted on the scene, one with balance, depth of flavor and ideal texture. Though Wings is marketed as a “trail mix and topping,” it climbs to a higher altitude. It’s a blend of high-quality pumpkin and sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds, dried sweetened cranberries (big and plump), maple syrup and sea salt. Nutty, sweet, salty, crunchy.

“I was in the stressful corporate world and wanted out,” said Susan Carey of Roseville. She and her sister-in-law concocted the blend five years ago, tried it on friends, got rave reviews and recently opened the business.

Sprinkle it on top of yogurt, ice cream, salads and cereal, or use it in made-from-scratch baked goods. Or take a more direct route: Pour into hand, raise hand to mouth, drop in contents.

$8 for 6 ounces at www.wingnutstrailmix.com and Corti Bros. Market, 5810 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento

Allen Pierleoni

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