My Grandma Jensen used to make this spicy snack at Christmas every year, and she always made several batches so she could give plenty away and still serve it in her home. Kinda spicy, kinda garlicy, and completely addictive.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Combine the wheat cereal, corn cereal, rice cereal, oat cereal, cheese-flavored crackers, pretzels, and mixed nuts in a large bowl; set aside.

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  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce until evenly blended. Pour over the cereal mixture, and gently stir until the cereal is evenly coated with the seasoned butter. Spread the cereal mixture onto baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

229.4 calories; 4.4 g protein; 19 g carbohydrates; 20.7 mg cholesterol; 390.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2010
Can't go wrong w/ a classic crunchy snack mix! I used what I had on hand (baby Goldfish corn Chex pretzel Goldfish peanuts) - I scrapped the Cheerios b/c last time I baked those in a snack mix they shriveled up to teeny tiny little "O"s. I went a bit lighter on the butter and for personal preference added a shake of ground coriander and onion powder. Baking time is dead-on (don't forget to stir!) and upon cooling I scooped in some golden raisins and mini M&Ms'. I am tossing handfuls of "Nuts & Bolts" in my mouth as I type this. /crunch. Thanks for an alternative to store-bought bags of Chex Mix! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2014
Was ok. A lot of work to create something that tasted just like nuts and bolts! Much cheaper and faster to just buy it! Had reduced butter as suggested and added onion powder didn't have a ton of taste but could taste onion/garlic kick slightly afterwards. I'm sure it wasn't too pleasant to talk to me after eating these as you could smell the garlic/onion. Read More
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53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2010
Can't go wrong w/ a classic crunchy snack mix! I used what I had on hand (baby Goldfish corn Chex pretzel Goldfish peanuts) - I scrapped the Cheerios b/c last time I baked those in a snack mix they shriveled up to teeny tiny little "O"s. I went a bit lighter on the butter and for personal preference added a shake of ground coriander and onion powder. Baking time is dead-on (don't forget to stir!) and upon cooling I scooped in some golden raisins and mini M&Ms'. I am tossing handfuls of "Nuts & Bolts" in my mouth as I type this. /crunch. Thanks for an alternative to store-bought bags of Chex Mix! Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2010
Can't go wrong w/ a classic crunchy snack mix! I used what I had on hand (baby Goldfish corn Chex pretzel Goldfish peanuts) - I scrapped the Cheerios b/c last time I baked those in a snack mix they shriveled up to teeny tiny little "O"s. I went a bit lighter on the butter and for personal preference added a shake of ground coriander and onion powder. Baking time is dead-on (don't forget to stir!) and upon cooling I scooped in some golden raisins and mini M&Ms'. I am tossing handfuls of "Nuts & Bolts" in my mouth as I type this. /crunch. Thanks for an alternative to store-bought bags of Chex Mix! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2009
Wouldn't change a thing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2009
We use this recipe and instead of crackers use Cheetos. We also add hot sauce or red hot pepper powder. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2011
Yummy! Unfortunately you can't double the recipe because it completely fills a large mixing bowl. I might try it with less butter next time so it won't be so greasy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2009
Love this recipe. I also add Tabasco sauce and omit the Cheese crackers and replace with soup and chili crackers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2009
This is the recipe my family always makes. We didn't use any crackers until recently we have been using mini bagel chips. Love the Cheerios! Oh, and we use stick pretzels. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2012
My family has made a similiar mix for years but we add a package of onion soup mix (or for garlic lovers - onion and roasted garlic soup mix) to melting butter. I also toast everything except the cheese crackers and add them when the mix is cooled. Try some hickory potato sticks too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2010
I always add mixed nuts onion pwd hickory sticks celery salt.....Life Cereal works well too..... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2015
This is the recipe I have used since the 60's. I double the recipe and make it in an aluminum roasting pan for the holidays. The only thing I do different is use equal amounts of garlic powder, onion powder and celery salt. Be careful not to use too much salt! Thank you for sharing this. I had lost my original recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2014
Was ok. A lot of work to create something that tasted just like nuts and bolts! Much cheaper and faster to just buy it! Had reduced butter as suggested and added onion powder didn't have a ton of taste but could taste onion/garlic kick slightly afterwards. I'm sure it wasn't too pleasant to talk to me after eating these as you could smell the garlic/onion. Read More
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