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Party Fixin’s

Friday 30 November 2018 - Filed under Recipes

Texas Trash/Kentucky Krunch Party Mix

Here are two versions of our favorite holiday nibble. I mix them together for fantastic party offerings, gifts, and snacks.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 cups Wheat, Rice or Corn Chex, or any combination
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, optional
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups thin pretzel sticks, optional


  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  • Melt the butter in a shallow baking pan.
  • Stir the Worcestershire sauce and Cajun seasoning into the butter.
  • Add the cereal, nuts and pretzel sticks; mix well.
  • Bake at 275 degrees F for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Let cool.

That was the little version. I add tons of other stuff, and sometimes package it up in baggies or refurbished cottage cheese containers to put a smile on the face of a driver, mail man (mail person), Schwans delivery guy, hairdresser, a few dribbles to neighborhood pets with permission, and maybe their owners too. Here’s what I like to add.

  • Bugles, plain or spicy
  • Sesame sticks
  • Wheat thins
  • Mustard pretzel, the big fat chompy kind
  • Just use your imagination.

Shake it all up in a huge plastic bag or pail, and hope it lasts a week or two.

A Trick with Apple Cider

I learned this from musicians at a ski lodge in New Mexico. Whether you heat your apple cider in a kettle with a cinnamon stick or let people serve themselves and heat in the microwave, the trick here is to have on hand lots of cans or cartons of cool whip, lucky whip, etc. When the cider is piping hot and in the cup or mug, spray or scoop a nice mound of the cool stuff on top. You won’t believe the luxury of that hot spicy feeling coming through that cool sweet fluff. Yum!

2018-11-30  »  Marilyn Brandt Smith