Grand Canyon Gorp, a New Trail Mix

Grand Canyon Gorp

Since at least the 1910s, hikers and campers have been counting on the simple combination of nuts, raisins and chocolate for easy to pack energy. Protein and quickly digestible sugar can keep you going when you’re out on the trail trying to get to your next site before sundown. This original gorp ingredient list was first recorded by Horace Kephart in his 1916 outdoor guide, The Book of Camping and Woodcraft.

The basics have been supplemented or swapped out ever since to accommodate personal tastes far and wide. In fact, our own Deluxe Trail Mix is a combination of supplementing AND swapping. There’s no chocolate in our Deluxe, and we add pineapple and papaya, as well as up the ante with some more prestigious nuts like brazil nuts, and hazelnuts. The result has been a popular choice for our customers, but ‘deluxe’ isn’t always what you’re after when you’re about to hit the trail for a hike.

Our brand new Grand Canyon Gorp is, mostly, a return to the classic vision of a hearty, energy packed, and low-cost trail mix. Peanuts and green raisins make up the bulk of the mix. M&Ms are added for some sweetness, and almonds and cashews are included for an extra injection of protein, and for their savory flavor and crunch.

Great on the trail or by the campfire (or heck, even at the bar), our Grand Canyon Gorp is the perfect mix of crunchy and chewy, of salty and sweet. Try some out today and enjoy Mount Hope’s version of classic trail mix.

Introducing Razz Cranberries

Buy Razz Cranberries in Bulk

There were some big shoes to fill when Razz Cherries stopped being manufactured. They’d been a signature product for Mount Hope for years, and losing them was a hard pill to swallow. Razz cherries were dried cherries imbued with the flavor of raspberry, and they weren’t just a signature product for us either. Many of our customers counted on their unique flavor to put the finishing touch on their salads and desserts. We carry two other scrumptious cherry varieties that are also very popular, Bing and Tart, but there was something extraordinary about that raspberry infusion.

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Razz Cranberries to the Rescue

After months of searching, we feel we’ve finally found a worthy successor. In fact, we’re so pleased with this new find that we’re willing to share the name of our old favorite. We’re excited to announce the addition of Razz Cranberries to our lineup of dried fruits.

Razz Cranberries are virtually identical in appearance to typical dried cranberries, same average size and same color. They start in the mouth a bit sweeter than typical cranberries and have the distinctive flavor of raspberry, but the trademark tartness of the cranberry follows right behind. In our opinion here at Mount Hope, we think they exceed the deliciousness of the Razz Cherries. The tartness adds a little complexity that makes the over all taste much more interesting.

We also find the size of these to be a little more flexible than the Razz Cherry had been. Since cranberries are smaller than cherries, they’ll go into baked goods more easily. But they’re not so small that they can’t stand on their own atop a couple scoops of ice cream. They’re sightly smaller diameter also sits more naturally next to some Sunflower Seeds and Super Sweet Corn on top of a chopped salad. Try them in sauces, custom trail mixes, and granola too.

Razz Cranberries are made with Craberries, sugar, sunflower oil, and natural fruit flavors. There are no preservatives or colorings added. Mount Hope Wholesale is selling them in 1 and 5 pound bags, and they’re ready for you to try right away.

Urfa Biber Chile Flakes


Buy Urfa Biber Chile Flakes at Mount Hope Wholesale

Urfa Biber Chile Flakes Now Available

Mount Hope now carries Urfa Biber chile flakes. The Urfa Biber chile takes its name from the Urfa region of Turkey where it hails from, but is also sometimes called the isot pepper. It’s a red pepper, but ends ups with a deep purplish or even purplish black color when processed. The processing involves two steps, sun drying during the day, and ‘sweating’ at night. This involves tightly wrapping the peppers when the temperature cools, which traps and keeps some of the moisture in the flesh.

Urfa Biber flakes aren’t particularly hot (about 7,500 Scoville units). They’re in the ballpark of jalapeño or guajillo, and that heat builds up slowly. We have them in 1lb bags and they’re in stock now.

Visit Urfa Biber Chile Flake page to order.

Black Pepper

Black Peppercorns

Black pepper is one of the most commonly used spices in restaurants and at home, and is one of our biggest sellers. Whole black peppercorns are the dried fruit of a vine called Piper Nigrum. These fruits are actually still green and not yet ripe when they’re taken off the vine and set to dry for a few days.

There is a white seed inside, and as the green fruit around it shrinks and wrinkles it also darkens to nearly black. This darkened and shriveled exterior is what we’re used to seeing in a whole peppercorn. The light seed inside is why black pepper lightens up when it is ground, cracked, crushed or otherwise pulverized.

Green peppercorns and white peppercorns are from the same fruit, but processed differently and at different stages of ripeness to attain different colors and flavor.

New Mexico Chiles

New Mexico Chiles

New Mexico Chiles are about 5 inches to 7 inches long and about 1.5 inches across. Mount Hope Wholesale sells New Mexico Chiles in bulk in three varieties: dried whole red pods, dried red powder, and dried green powder. The New Mexico Chile is a very popular chile with medium heat (1,500 – 2,500 Scoville Units), but with a very quick heat dissipation. That means that you’ll definitely feel it, but the burn won’t linger very long.

Mount Hope Wholesale also offers a wide assortment of other chiles at bulk pricing, but in accessible pack sizes. Check out our full selection on our chiles category page.

Razz Cherries

After years as one of our most popular and beloved products, we are no longer able to source Razz Cherries. But don’t lose heart, we have two other dried cherries that may be able to help ease the pain.

Bing Cherries are ripened to their peak of sweetness and immediately dried and packaged to preserve their fresh and natural flavor. Despite their name, Tart Cherries are actually sweeter than the bing, being further sweetened with a bit of added sugar.