“nuts and bolts” party mix

Mmmmm ~

Ready to get the party started?

This recipe was a Kiker family favorite during the holidays.

It still is.

The more we made, the more we shared. And the more we shared, the more we ate. The circle of life.

I found it interesting to see that Mom’s *original* recipe (below) called for Corn Pops… and that it was later scratched out and replaced with Cheerios. I’m guessing perhaps the sweet-salty match-up was too “avant garde” back in the 70s… Or was it?

I dove-in head first with my first attempt re-making this classic by using both the Corn Pops and Tabasco. And you know what? I loved them both!

While my childhood friend “Snoopy” later popularized the Party Mix, Mom was making this original before it was available, pre-made in a bag, at the grocery stores (there’s not much fun in that).

Brother Roger said “Nuts and Bolts” would often be served warm in Mom’s white CorningWare bowls, which he still has to this day. And his favorite part? Taking the pretzel sticks and “stabbing” the Cheerios in their center hole, so he could stack ’em up.

Move over, popcorn. There’s an old snack in town. Nuts and Bolts rules. Hands down.

PS ~ I take responsibility for the doodling on the back of the well-worn recipe card; seems I was too young to have respect for life’s “little treasures.”

i. ingredients

group 1 :
1 cube (1/2 cup) | oleo (Nanny loved falurrias butter!)
1 tablespoon | worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon | garlic salta close-up shot of the
¼ teaspoon | salt
to taste | tabasco (if desired)
to taste | lawry’s brand seasoned salt with black pepper (if desired)

group 2 :
2 cups | cheerios (the “bolts”)
3 cups | wheat chex
3 cups | rice chex
to taste | pretzel sticks
1 package | lightly salted peanuts (the “nuts”)
1 package | cashews (the “nuts”)
1 package | texas pecans (the “nuts”)

ii. what to do

0. Preheat oven to 325°F.
1. Melt the oleo (butter) in a large baking pan and add the “group 1” ingredients. Stir well.
2. Stir-in the “group 2” ingredients until well coated.
3. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
4. Serve warm, if you can.

Foodie Tips ~

This recipe is great for making treats for gift-giving… especially during the holidays when friends and family may pop-in for a visit.

I remember mom also using Lawry’s brand seasoned salt on the party mix. Roger remembers it, too. Rahhhh, salty! I sprinkled some seasoned salt with black pepper on top just before I put them in the oven and it brought back the good times.

Why not consider adding Corn Chex to the party? The more, the merrier.

mom's party mix recipe