Grandma Jensen's Nuts and Bolts


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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
12 cups


  • 2 cups bite-size wheat square cereal (such as Wheat Chex®)

  • 2 cups bite-size corn square cereal (such as Corn Chex®)

  • 2 cups bite-size rice square cereal (such as Rice Chex®)

  • 2 cups toasted oat cereal rings (such as Cheerios®)

  • 2 cups cheese-flavored crackers (such as Cheez-It®)

  • 2 cups pretzels

  • 2 cups mixed nuts

  • 1 cup butter

  • 2 ½ teaspoons garlic powder

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

229 Calories
16g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 391mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 130mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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