Scroggin is the Kiwi word for Trail Mix: a combination of fruits, nuts and chocolate eaten by trampers for rapid sustenance.
Easy to make, it is popular with children and wiry, bearded old men – the sort who spend many days at a time in the forest, trapping possums and disposing of bodies, and are therefore unlikely to have wives at home to make them sandwiches.
Interestingly, the term Scroggin is not unique to New Zealand. It is in fact one of the few things we share with, of all places, Iraq. That, and some nice beaches, a fondness for breezy footwear, and a collective mistrust of infidel foreigners taking over our land.
An unusual sounding word, most language scholars believe that Scroggin is a hybrid of the words Noggin and Scrotum. Some attribute this to early trampers in Iraq and New Zealand, who used to carry servings of trail mix, hung around the neck, in a small pouch made out of a sheep’s scrotum. Other’s suggest that it is merely a colloquial way of describing how the healthy, low GI snack fills you up from your head, all the way down to your toes. Or, in this case, your balls.
Either way, it is generally accepted that the only reason anyone eats this dried up bird seed is for the chocolate.