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Hot 'N Spicy Nuts 'N Bolts

A favorite holiday staple at our place is this tasty snack mix, which we call nuts 'n bolts, but which is known by many other names. Here's a somewhat zippy version. Feel free to use the cereals and munchies of your choice. We love adding Old Dutch popcorn twists but if you aren't Canadian, you won't be finding those on your grocery store shelves. I often add bugles and hickory stix as well. Suit yourself.
  • 4 cups cheerios
  • 4 cups pretzel stix
  • 4 cups crispex cereal
  • 4 cups popcorn twists
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 ½ c tsp. cayenne pepper
  1. Mix together the cereal, popcorn and nuts in a large roasting pan.
  2. Melt butter and add seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Drizzle over cereal mixture and stir well to coat.
  3. Bake at 200° F for 2 hours, stirring every ½ hour.
  4. Store in airtight container.
*While I'm at it, I always do a double batch.



  1. Judy...this is a sure thing to be consumed during those Christmas specials and with family around the 'games table' or just visiting. Thanks for sharing....I'd forgotten this favorite mix.

  2. Maybe that will ease my pain of being a looser. I think I'll go out right now and buy those ingredients. I love Nuts & Bolts.

  3. my mil always supplies us with this good treat, but this year she said she couldn't find all the ingredients. . .hmmm, I think I'll make my own batch. . this looks so yummy.

  4. Judy..a nice change up from all the sweet stuff! I haven't ever made this but do enjoy it!

  5. I haven't made this either,but when I made Betty's snow things with the Cereal yesterday, I thought of checking out the recipe and now here it is! Thank you!

  6. this is too funny. i just made a big batch and wanted to post my own computer came back, and now i don't have to. it is almost identical. instead of popcorn twist, it has cheese nips. popcorn twists are cheaper and i love those. i must make another batch soon so i will switch it up.

  7. I love lots of munchies at the holiday season! Very yummy recipe!

  8. I have a batch in the oven right now that I sort of followed your recipe but altered slightly. I added 4 cups of mixed nuts instead of just 1 cup of peanuts. I also used 10 cloves of fresh garlic pressed as my friend always makes hers that way and they are for garlic lovers. My house smells wonderful. I love the idea of spicing it up a bit with the cayenne and mustard powder. Am sure they will be a big hit.

  9. I never thought of using popcorn twist. I am going to do that next time I make a batch.

  10. To change up the flavor I use 1-1/2 Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix instead of the spices listed above and it is also very yummy.

  11. This is similar to the recipe I make every year and it is a great hit! I always substitute the peanuts for mixed nuts because I don't like the peanut flavour, more expensive but very tasty!


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