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This is my version of Chex Party Mix. I based my recipe on our Aunt Gussie's; she made the best Nuts & Bolts of any of us.

1 lb. butter (not margarine)
5 TBS. Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp. garlic powder
4 tsp. Lawrey's Seas. Salt
6 cups Cheerios
A total of 10 Cups of your favorite "chex" cereals; I use 6 Crispix, 2 Corn Chex & 2 Rice Chex (Sometimes I add in some Wheat Chex because my brother John liked those.)
1 10-oz. bag pretzel sticks
2 cups mixed nuts
1 cup cashews
1 cup walnut halves & large pieces
1 cup almonds
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or Tabasco Sauce (optional)

Preheat oven to 300°. In a large roasting pan, heat nuts for about 15 minutes. While they are heating, melt butter in microwave and add the Worcestershire, garlic and seasoning salt. After nuts are finished heating, reduce oven to 225°. Add butter mixture and the remaining ingredients. Stir very thoroughly so that everything is well mixed. Leave a this temperature for about 45 minutes, stirring well about every 15 minutes. At 45 minutes drop oven temp to 200, and continue for another 45 minutes, again stirring every 15 minutes. After the 90 minutes is up, turn off the oven and leave the mixture in the oven overnight to allow it to fully finish as the oven cools. Don't be in a rush!

Most important:
* heat the nuts before adding everything else;
* stir the ingredients well the first time and then every 15 minutes;
* wait until the butter mixture is completely gone - the finished ingredients should not be shiny;

Once cooled, the party mix should be stored in an airtight container. We keep ours in cookie tins lined with plastic wrap. I have also stored it in plastic bags inside coffee cans for as long as four months.

Serves many
Keywords: appetizers,snacks   Category: Snacks    Cookbooks: Dave Ferguson, Ferguson Family
Recipe by Dave Ferguson     Added: April 13, 2006 by deebeeeff     Last Updated: November 22, 2016
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