Crunchy Party Mix

For an easy party appetizer, spice up pretzel and pecan snacks by trying one of the peppy variations.

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Makes:
32 servings
Serving Size:
1/2 cup
Yields:
16 to 18 cups
Prep:
20 mins
Bake:
45 mins 300°F
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Crunchy Party Mix

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.
  2. In a small saucepan heat and stir butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and hot pepper sauce until butter melts. 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.
  4. 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 cal.,
  • 11 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat,
  • 12 mg chol.,
  • 264 mg sodium,
  • 16 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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