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Nuts & Bolts (Party Chex Mix Recipe)

One of the easiest, most beloved, delicious, quintessential holiday snacks ever invented!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 30 Servings
Author: Tricia


  • 1 ½ pounds lightly salted mixed nuts
  • 7 ounces Cheerios cereal, about 8 cups
  • 1 (14-ounce) box Wheat Chex
  • 1 (12-ounce) box Rice Chex
  • 1 (12-ounce) box Corn Chex
  • 16 ounces stick pretzels, low sodium if you can find it
  • 2 pounds unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons celery salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  • Divide the nuts, cereals and pretzels between two or three large baking pans. You’ll need high sided pans to allow for stirring the mixture while baking. Use three pans if needed and rotate the pans while baking.
  • Combine the butter, Worcestershire, celery salt, garlic salt and chili powder is a large, microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium power for 2 minutes, then stir. Repeat until all the butter is melted. Mix well. Using a large spoon or ladle, drizzle the butter mixture over the cereal and nuts, stirring the butter mixture as you go to distribute all the spices that may settle in the bottom of the bowl.
  • Bake for 3 hours gently stirring every 15 minutes taking care not to crush the cereal. Use a large flat spatula if you have one, pulling up from the bottom of the pan to ensure all pieces are well coated in the butter mixture. Rotate the pans if needed.
  • Turn the warm mixture out onto paper towels spread over wax or parchment paper. Cool completely then transfer to air tight containers to store in a cool location. Mixture keeps up to two weeks.