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That's Nuts: Trail Mix, Also Known As 'Student Food'


[Photograph: Andrea Hernandez]

Raisins, peanuts, almonds, and chocolate thrown together in a bag: to many of us, that's just called trail mix.

But in Europe, this combination, with many slight variations in derivation and ingredients, is usually referred to as "Student Food." In Germany, it's studentenfutter ("student feed"), in Denmark, studenterhavre ("student oats") and to the Poles it's diƔkcsemege ("student delicacy"). All these names convey the same idea, though: dried fruits and nuts are a great food for students and young people.

"Student Food" might seem like a curious name for this popular snack, and there are a number of different thoughts about how it came to be:

What are your favorite nut/dried fruit combinations?

About the author: Lee Zalben was a PB&J-loving kid that grew up to be the founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co. which began as a Greenwich Village sandwich shop serving nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and expanded to include the now-famous line of all natural flavored peanut butter. Lee is a graduate of Vassar College and enjoys traveling the world in search of interesting foods made with peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds. When he's not working, eating, flying, or writing, he enjoys scuba diving and training elephants.

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