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Grandma Jensen's Nuts and Bolts Recipe
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Grandma Jensen's Nuts and Bolts

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"My Grandma Jensen used to make this spicy snack at Christmas every year, and she always made several batches so she could give plenty away and still serve it in her home. Kinda spicy, kinda garlicy, and completely addictive."

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Original recipe makes 12 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 5 mins

    2 hrs 15 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Combine the wheat cereal, corn cereal, rice cereal, oat cereal, cheese-flavored crackers, pretzels, and mixed nuts in a large bowl; set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce until evenly blended. Pour over the cereal mixture, and gently stir until the cereal is evenly coated with the seasoned butter. Spread the cereal mixture onto baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 24, 2010

Can't go wrong w/ a classic, crunchy snack mix! I used what I had on hand (baby Goldfish, corn Chex, pretzel Goldfish, peanuts) - I scrapped the Cheerios b/c last time I baked those in a snack mix, they shriveled up to teeny, tiny little "O"s. I went a bit lighter on the butter, and for personal preference, added a shake of ground coriander and onion powder. Baking time is dead-on (don't forget to stir!), and upon cooling, I scooped in some golden raisins and mini M&Ms'. I am tossing handfuls of "Nuts & Bolts" in my mouth as I type this. /crunch. Thanks for an alternative to store-bought bags of Chex Mix!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 19, 2014

Was ok. A lot of work to create something that tasted just like nuts and bolts! Much cheaper and faster to just buy it! Had reduced butter as suggested and added onion powder, didn't have a ton of taste, but could taste onion/garlic kick slightly afterwards. I'm sure it wasn't too pleasant to talk to me after eating these as you could smell the garlic/onion.

Dec 22, 2009

Wouldn't change a thing!

Dec 23, 2009

We use this recipe and instead of crackers use Cheetos. We also add hot sauce or red hot pepper powder.

Sep 17, 2011

Yummy! Unfortunately you can't double the recipe because it completely fills a large mixing bowl. I might try it with less butter next time so it won't be so greasy.

Dec 16, 2009

This is the recipe my family always makes. We didn't use any crackers until recently we have been using mini bagel chips. Love the Cheerios! Oh, and we use stick pretzels.

Dec 15, 2009

Love this recipe. I also add Tabasco sauce and omit the Cheese crackers and replace with soup and chili crackers.

Nov 29, 2010

I always add mixed nuts, onion pwd, hickory sticks, celery salt.....Life Cereal works well too.....


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  • Calories
  • 229 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 16 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 4.4 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 391 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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