"Nuts and Bolts" Snack Mix

by Hostess with the Mostess

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  • Prepare a sweet treat that's as clever as it is irresistible. Serve this mix in large bowls for guests to enjoy during the baby shower, or turn it into a take-home party favor by packaging it up it in small food-safe tin cans. Embellish the cans with free printable "Nuts & Bolts" labels and set them out for guests to pick up on their way out.

This crowd-pleasing recipe is a fantastic combination of salty and sweet – you'd better make an extra batch!


  • 9 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Reese's Pieces (orange pieces only)
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1/2 cup peanuts


  • Pour cereal into a large bowl and set aside. Separate the orange Reese's Pieces from the rest of the bag and set aside.

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter for 1 minute, then stir. Microwave for another 15-30 seconds or until the mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla, then pour the mixture over the cereal, stirring until evenly coated.

  • Transfer mixture into a 2-gallon plastic food storage bag, or divide into two 1-gallon bags. Add powdered sugar to the bag(s), then seal and shake until well coated. Spread the mixture out on wax paper to cool.

  • Once cool, pour the coated cereal into a large bowl and add pretzel rods, peanuts, and orange colored Reese's Pieces. Toss until well mixed.