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Good ol' raisins and peanuts
GORP started out as just a mixture of raisins and peanuts. It has since become any combination of ingedients that appeals to you and is quick and easy to eat by the handful from a ziploc baggie.
I like the original and I like the variations but I do not mix ingredients in advance.
If you add salted peanuts to raisins and let them sit for a week or two, you end up with disgusting UNSALTED peanuts - blech!
If you want to send yourself GORP in your maildrops, package ingredients separately and combine them when you receive your maildrop. They'll certainly keep well for a few days to a week.
FWIW, a lot of gorp gets left in hiker boxes along the trail. Many bags have rancid peanuts (don't store your peanuts or anything else with oil to be mailed where it's at all warm). None have M&Ms in them. The M&Ms get picked out... or at least don't last too long once the gorp is left in the box. ;-)
On my thruhike, I decided that I preferred to eat food that was easier to eat than gorp. Dipping grimy hands into gorp bags and tilting my head back to pour a bunch into my mouth got old fast. Candy/protein bars and Stretch Island fruit leathers were ideal.
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