Bart Given, Managing Partner & Chief Innovator
We all have family traditions. My family has several, some traditional – some embarrassing, but I’m proud of them all.
Christmas in my household is no exception, we have the traditional tree-decorating and the not-so-traditional, but honoured, tradition of Balloon Ball. Balloon Ball deserves its own sharing, but at a high-level – it’s very competitive and there are extra points for hitting your opponent in the face with a balloon.
But perhaps the tradition I remember most fondly is devouring Nuts & Bolts. My Nana made them, my Aunt has made them – and my Mom still makes them. As you will see in the recipe, they are an eclectic collection of salty, sweet and garlic! But it works.
I used to eat batches of these, but unfortunately (as you can see) they are neither gluten nor dairy free. Alas. Therefore my gift to you – Nana’s Nuts & Bolts.
Great Nana’s Nuts and Bolts
- 2 cups of shreddies
- 1 tsp garlic powder or garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp of onion and celery salt
- 2 cups of cheerios
- 2 cups of fruit loops
- 2 cups of pretzel sticks
- 2 cups of mixed nuts (1 large can)
- 1/2 cup of butter
Combine cereals, nuts and pretzels in large baking/roasting pan (want them to spread out as much as possible). Melt butter, add spices and pour over the cereal mixture. Coat well. Place in a 250 oven for approximately 1 1/2 hrs stirring frequently.
*I have a large pan so I double the recipe-just add on more time for baking
*This recipe is easy to adapt to your taste. You can change the amounts of cereals – some like more fruit loops and less cheerios so you can do 3 and 1 cups etc.