My earliest memory of Christmas is watching my parents make this snack, which we have just always called ‘The Mix’, but is also known as ‘Party Mix’ or ‘Nuts and Bolts’. Based on the kitchen we were in in my recollection, I would have been about 2 1/2. I’ve had at least one handful of the stuff pretty well every Christmas season since then and it always reminds me of a warm and happy time in the kitchen with my mom and dad.
I can’t really say that it is strictly a Christmas thing though, but in my family that is when we’ve had it. It would taste just as good any time of the year.
I don’t always make it myself but this year it came as a special request by Nick, instead of the cookies I’ve made in recent years. And who am I to deny a food related request from him, considering all the wonderful cooking he always does for me?
I didn’t mind at all because I love the stuff. Not only is it delicious, it is also relatively nutritious with its whole grain cereals and peanuts (that can be left out if there’s an allergy in your family).
Here’s how to make it:
Note – these pictures are of me making a double batch, as I plan to share some. A jar of “The Mix” makes a great little gift.
Thanks for checking it out.