Use 17 or 18 cups (850 to 900 grams) of any of the following dry ingredients:

- Honey Comb Cereal (most popular)

- Rice chex

- Corn chex

- Small pretzels (with or without salt)

- Pretzel Men if you can find them

- Butter pretzel sticks or other small sticks - leave out if feeding small kids

- Butter nubbins, honey wheat pretzel or other non heavily coated short fat pretzel

- Peanuts (with or without salt, honey roasted are great)

Variations: Other favorite nuts that don't break up (walnuts aren't that great), bite sized Shredded Wheat (often left out as it's messy), sesame sticks (kinda strange but they will work too), Melba toast or other firm dry toast "crackers" Twiggs ™

DO NOT USE: Potato chips; crumbly items; hot, spicy, large or heavily "coated" items like Andy Capps, mustard/yogurt pretzels; soft bread like items; etc. If you're dead set on using them, try putting them in after everything is made as they don't go through the mixing/baking process again.

1 1/2 tsp (8 ml) onion powder

1 1/2 tsp (8 ml) garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp (8 ml) celery seed

1/2 tsp (3 ml) onion salt

1/2 tsp (3 ml) garlic salt

1/2 tsp (3 ml) celery salt

5 tsp (25 ml) Worcestershire sauce

5 tbsp (75 grams) butter or oleo

1 1/2 cups (325 ml) mazola or canola oil


Put all the ingredients from the first and/or second categories into a large pot. Before doing this, you may shake the salt off using a strainer if you wish. Do not dump the seasoning/crumbs from any of the packages into the mix.

After boiling the above pour it through a METAL strainer over the dry ingredients in the pot and squeeze the seasoning to get all of the juice out. This prevents pieces of salt sticking to the cereal.

Stir gently but thoroughly with a flat spatula bringing the sauce up to the top or see alternate stirring method below. For over-age wizards only.

Bake at 225°F (110°C) for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.

Alternate Stirring Method

If you're co-ordinated, own the house and are willing to risk boiling oil all over you and the floor if you mess up, you can try flipping the ingredients in the pot like you'd flip a pancake in a frying pan without using a spatula. Do so just enough to get the wet stuff up to the top. It's a firm and quick wrist movement, no need to use your upper arms. Wear an apron, mitts and glasses if you have them. Lockable lids work even better. Tall people may want to do this over the sink, others in a utility room just in case.

Great party mix, especially if all of the other treats are sweet in nature as this is mostly non sweet or salty flavors.

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