“Where the Wild Things Are” Popcorn Trail Mix!

Reading Group: 5 – 8 years old

When you’re a kid, it’s hard not to feel powerless every once and a while.

"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak

“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are (1963) tells the story of kid trying to handle his feelings of helplessness. Max is a rambunctious little boy with a wild imagination and, as a result, gets into trouble sometimes. One night, after Max misbehaves and is sent to bed without supper, his bedroom transforms…

Illustration by Maurice Sendak

…and soon he’s on a boat…

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Illustration by Maurice Sendak

…and then he finds himself where the wild things are!

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Illustration by Maurice Sendak

“Where the Wild Things Are” remains one of my favourite books from childhood. The story is easy to follow and the drawings are funny and expressive.

When on the hunt for a snack to match Maurice Sendak’s story, I thought it would be fun to put ourselves into Max’s shoes.

Then I thought:

What might Max eat on his voyage?

“Where the Wild Things Are” Popcorn Trail Mix

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This versatile recipe is very easy to modify!

The amazing thing about trail mix is that you can really put whatever you want in it. Raisin-hater in the crowd? Not a big deal. Peanut allergy? We’ve got you covered.

For this trail mix, I used this article from health.com as inspiration and came up with this simple, tasty treat.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 parts sliced, toasted almonds
  • 2 parts dried cranberries
  • 1 part salted popcorn
  • 1 part dark chocolate chips

Toss the ingredients in a small bowl and serve. The dried fruit and chocolate add a sweet element to the mix, while the almonds and popcorn give it a crunch!

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To switch it up, try replacing the roasted almonds with pecans!

What do you think? Would Max approve of this trail mix?

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Farewell, Max!