Costco Trail Mix (Copycat)

24 Servings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Costco Trail Mix (Copycat) is an easy snack to throw together in a matter of minutes with sweet and salty flavors from M&Ms, raisins, and nuts.

Homemade Trail Mix is the perfect easy Treat to take with you on a hike or keep you full between meals. For more easy snack recipes, try our Caramel Popcorn or Chewy Granola Bars.

Handful of Costco Trail Mix (Copycat Recipe)


I’m a huge fan of Costco and a lot of their iconic snacks. But when I go there, it’s usually for a big grocery shopping trip. The great thing about Costco is that you can get everything in bulk, but that’s exactly why I don’t go often. I don’t necessarily want to be spending every weekend buying in bulk, especially when the lines can get so long.

So, when there’s a specific thing that I’m craving, like their amazing trail mixes, it’s a lot less time-consuming to make it myself. Especially when it comes to this Trail Mix recipe because it’s so easy. 

This just might be our family’s favorite trail mix ever! With peanuts, almonds, cashews, raisins, and M&Ms, it’s the perfect crunchy snack to keep you going throughout the day. Best of all it comes together in the blink of an eye. There’s really just one step to the recipe, and that’s mixing all the goodies together!

Once the Sweet and Salty Trail Mix is ready you can put it out in a bowl to enjoy handfuls throughout the day, store it in the pantry, or package it in Ziploc bags. I personally love separating this recipe into multiple plastic bags. Then you can just grab snack mix on your way out the door!

Apart from munching on this mix, you can also use it as an ingredient for dessert recipes like Rice Krispies Trail Mix Bars or Trail Mix Blondies!



Costco Trail Mix is a great snack to have around the house or put in bags to take on-the-go. But, you can also use the same base ingredients to make delicious and healthy homemade granola bars. 

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees, and line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add the nuts, raisins, M&Ms, and ¼ teaspoon salt to a mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir them together until they’re well distributed.
  3. Add ¼ cup maple syrup and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to a separate bowl, and mix them together. (You could also use honey instead of maple syrup.)
  4. Pour the sugar mixture on top of the nuts, and stir it all together until the trail mix is well coated.
  5. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet, and use the wooden spoon to flatten it all into one layer.
  6. Pop the granola bars in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
  7. After baking, let them cool in the pan for a full hour, and then slice them into bars.

Costco Trail Mix (Copycat Recipe) ingredients in bowl


  • Chex Mix Trail Mix: There are lots of different trail mix varieties that you can experiment with by slightly changing this recipe. One classic way to make trail mix is with Chex mix cereal as the base. You can use plain Chex cereal or cereal that’s been flavored with cinnamon. Use the cereal as the base then toss in the nuts, raisins, chocolate, and any other mix-ins you want to try.
  • Dried Fruit: You can also add different kinds of dried fruit. Along with the regular raisins, try mixing in golden raisins, dried cranberries, cherries, dates, or dried apricots.
  • Chocolate: For some extra sweetness add more chocolate to the recipe. Semisweet, dark, milk or white chocolate chips would all taste great.
  • Nuts and seeds: There are also plenty of different nut varieties like pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, or pistachios. You could also add some seeds to the mix like toasted pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, or sunflower seeds. 
  • Hawaii trail mix: To bring some Hawaii-inspired flavors to the recipe, try mixing in dried pineapple, coconut flakes, and dried bananas. 
  • Mix-ins: There are honestly endless ideas for mix-ins you could try in your Costco Trail Mix. Here are some more of our favorites: peanut butter chips, pretzels, popcorn, peanut m&ms, or chocolate-covered peanuts. 



  • Storing: One of the great things about snack mixes is their long shelf life and how easy they are to store. After tossing the ingredients together, you can store the Costco Trail mix in a large Ziploc bag or another airtight container in your pantry. It will keep fresh for up to 6 months.

Costco Trail Mix (Copycat Recipe) in bowl

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Costco Trail Mix (Copycat)

Costco Trail Mix (Copycat) is an easy snack to throw together in a matter of minutes with sweet and salty flavors from M&Ms, raisins, and nuts.
Yield 24 Servings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 4 cups salted peanuts
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 cups roasted almonds
  • 2 cups salted roasted cashews
  • 1 1/2 cup M&M candies


  • Mix salted peanuts, raisins, almonds, cashews, and M&Ms together in a large bowl.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 2mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I love Kirkland Signature Trail Mix! I had it for the first time yesterday! I love that you have a copycat recipe for it! I also love your Enchilada Sauce and because of your sauce, I am known for my enchiladas! Thank you! If I make this trail mix I will try to remember to come back to review! Thanks for the great recipes!