Crunchy Party Mix

MAKES: 32 SERVINGS
SERVING SIZE: 1/2 CUP
MAKES: 16 TO 18 CUPS
PREP: 20 MINS
BAKE: 45 MINS 300°F

 

 

 


Ingredients

5 cups pretzel sticks

4 cups round toasted oat cereal

4 cups bite-size wheat or bran square cereal

4 cups bite-size rice or corn square cereal or bite-size shredded wheat biscuits

3 cups mixed nuts

1 cup butter or margarine

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Several drops bottled hot pepper sauce


Directions
  1. In a large roasting pan combine pretzels, oat cereal, wheat cereal, rice cereal, and nuts. Set aside.
    In a small saucepan heat and stir butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and hot pepper sauce until butter melts.
  2. Drizzle butter mixture over cereal mixture; stir gently to coat.
  3. Bake in a 300 degree F oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on a large piece of foil to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    Makes 16 to 18 cups (about 32 servings).
From the Test Kitchen
CAJUN-STYLE PARTY MIX:

Prepare Crunchy Party Mix as above, except substitute 3 cups pecan halves for the mixed nuts and add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the butter mixture.

5-SPICE PARTY MIX:

Prepare Crunchy Party Mix as above, except omit Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and hot pepper sauce. Add 3 tablespoons 5-spice powder. Substitute 2 cups honey-roasted cashews and 1 cup unsalted unblanched almonds for the 3 cups mixed nuts.

WASABI PARTY MIX:

Prepare Crunchy Party Mix as above, except omit the bottled hot pepper sauce. Substitute 3 cups wasabi-flavored dehydrated peas for the mixed nuts.


Nutrition Facts (Crunchy Party Mix)

Per serving: 171 kcal , 11 g fat (4 g sat. fat , 12 mg chol. , 264 mg sodium , 16 g carb. , 2 g fiber , 3 g pro.