Grandma Nystul’s Sweet and Savory Party Mix

UPDATE: You know that quote by Alexander Pope…..”To err is human; to forgive, divine”? I hope you will all take that message to heart and forgive me for the complete brain gap I had by saying the recipe I posted today was gluten-free. The fact the oatmeal squares in the recipe for “Grandma Nystul’s Sweet and Savory Party Mix” were not gluten-free completely escaped me and I honestly have no explanation for it. I hope you know me well enough by now to know I would never KNOWINGLY try and pass something off as gluten-free unless I sincerely thought it was. As bad as I feel for letting you, my readers, down, I feel ten times worse for giving it to my son to eat. My sincerest apologies for this error on my part. It might be time for a break…………

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Grandma Nystul’s Sweet and Savory Party Mix

1 box of Rice Chex
1 box of Corn Chex
1 box of Quaker Oatmeal Squares (the “sweet” part of the sweet and savory)
1 large bag of pretzel sticks
1 large can of mixed nuts (we really like almonds so that’s all I put in this year. However, the hubster was sorely disappointed in the lack of cashews!)
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of onion powder
1 tablespoon of celery salt
1 pound of butter (4 sticks)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

This recipe makes a BIG BATCH! So you will need a BIG ROASTER pan to make it in. But before you put it in the pan I suggest MIXING IT in the biggest bowl you have (or possibly break it up into two bowls).

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All you do is literally dump all three boxes of cereal, along with one large bag of pretzel sticks and the nuts, into a bowl and toss gently with a spoon (or you can use your hands like I did). When they are well mixed, sprinkle the seasonings on top and toss a bit more.

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Now pour the whole thing into the biggest roaster (with a lid) that you have….and top with 4 sticks of butter.  The butter can be hard at this point, it will melt in the oven.

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Put pan (with lid on) in the preheated oven. You are going to roast this for 2 hours….giving it a stir every 30 minutes. At the end of the two hours take it out of the oven and let cool before eating. It will get nice and crunchy as it cools. Store in an airtight container.

This is such a simple recipe and it’s the perfect snack for munching on at holiday parties. It’s also a great GIFT for friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, etc.  Here are just a few ideas for packaging it up.

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Comments

  1. Em says

    Yay first post and first time posting! I love your blog and look forward to reading it daily. Thanks for sharing your family recipes. I have enjoyed trying many of them! Happy holidays to you and your family :)

  2. Gretchen Guyear says

    Thanks for the recipe, am going to make this week. Um, just to let you know you forgot to put the pretzels in the ingredient’s list – ;-)

  3. says

    Nice idea, Jillee! Thanks!
    I like to make granola or Indian-spiced almonds. This year I’m trying Indian-spiced cashews.

  4. Lori says

    Hi Jillee,
    I’m wondering if I can use Parkay spread instead of butter. My son is allergic to all milt proteins and this is the only “spread” that doesn’t contain any whey, etc. in it.

    Other than that…I’m making it! (And putting cashews in it! haha)

  5. Katy says

    Thi info is from the Quaker Oats Web site. This is the nutritional info for Quaker Oatmeal Squares – Brown Sugar.

    THIS PRODUCT IS DEFINITELY NOT GLUTEN FREE!!!!

    Ingredients

    WHOLE OAT FLOUR, WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, BROWN SUGAR, SUGAR, MALTODEXTRIN, MALTED BARLEY EXTRACT, MOLASSES, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, NATURAL FLAVOR, REDUCED IRON, SODIUM ASCORBATE, YELLOW 5, NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3), BHT (A PRESERVATIVE), ZINC OXIDE, VITAMIN E ACETATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, YELLOW 6, THIAMIN MONONITRATE (VITAMIN B1), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), FOLIC ACID.

    CONTAINS WHEAT INGREDIENTS.

    • Julia L. says

      Yes I was wondering this myself, saw a HUGE red flag when I saw the Oatmeal cereal being added. I was thinking to myself, when did that become gluten free? Thank you all for answering that question. I had a hard time navigating the company’s website. Jillee, I really like your blog and have tried many things on it which is rare for me and blogs (I usually look but don’t do what the blogger is doing). I do hope that your son with Celiac is not eating this! I wouldn’t eat it and I have Celiac too.