by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

[Edited from original post, December 11, 2011.]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
And this is what it looks like in my house:

See that salty good mix? This is my version of the original Chex Party Mix. I’ve always known it as “Doo-Dads”. Others call it “Nuts and Bolts.” Still others, just “Snack Mix.”

A little this, a little that. How could y’all not want some Doo-Dads?

You can deck the halls all you want, but in my house it’s not The Season until the Doo-Dads are made.

I pretty much live on a diet of this and my mocha mix from Thanksgiving til Christmas. I try not to overindulge. But it’s the holidays. I’ve been known to get a little carried away. Hence, the Security Patrol, otherwise known as Nutcracker. And believe me, there’s a lot of Doo-Dads to guard. At least, at first.

It may not look like a lot from this shot, but that tin is 14 inches tall and 10 inches wide. And this is just one batch!

Wanna guess how long before we ran out of the first batch? Let’s just say I made the second batch when nobody else would be home for hours. Easier to guard with less snack attackers around.

Here’s a few helpful hints when making this recipe:

*20 cups of cereal and snacks can be a lot for one bowl to contain, so I usually put all the dry ingredients into a large trash bag for easier mixing. If you do this, make sure to use a regular plastic trash bag and not a “scented” or “clean fragrance” one. You don’t want your Doo-Dads to taste lemony fresh. That’s so not part of the recipe.

*After mixing all the dry ingredients, pour the butter sauce into the bag. Make sure you have a tight grip on the bag and shake it, shift it, however you want to mix it. Just make sure you don’t crush the Doo-Dads. You’ll know when it’s all coated once the bag itself has been coated on the inside.

*Use large roasting pans. To make clean up easier, I buy the cheap disposable ones. No matter how many batches I make, all I have to do when I’m done is toss them out. No dishpan hands for me!

*If you’ve mixed the Doo-Dads in a large bag, make sure you have a good grip on the bag, taking in all the excess and holding it like a pour spout. The mix will tumble out quickly so be careful not to overfill the pans.

*When stirring every 15 minutes, I take one pan out, stir it and set it aside. I take the next pan, stir, and put it where the first pan was; rotating each pan clockwise, and putting the first pan into the last empty spot. Of course, they’ll roast no matter where they’re placed in the oven, but this ensures that the roasting is nice and even.

And now, from my house to yours… The Recipe.

Merry Christmas. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: Approx. 32 Cups

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup


  • 5 Cups Corn Chex
  • 5 Cups Rice Chex
  • 5 Cups Wheat Chex
  • 4 Cups Cheerios
  • 1 Bag (12 oz.) Pretzel Sticks
  • 1 Box (13.5 oz ea.) Cheez-It Crackers
  • 2 Cans (14.5 oz ea.) Salted Peanuts
  • 1 Cup + 2 TBS Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt


  1. Mix together cereals, pretzels, cheese crackers and peanuts. Set aside.
  2. In small saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
  3. Add worcestershire sauce to butter, stir.
  4. Add garlic salt and seasoned salt to butter sauce. Stir constantly until blended.
  5. Pour sauce over dry mix. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Spread into shallow baking or roasting pans.
  7. Roast at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

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