Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Scramble - It's Scrumptious!

That title is the caption for this photo, from the Better Homes & Gardens Snacks and Refreshments cookbook, c1963.
The chapter is 'Nibbles you can't stop munching.'
Here's Scramble
2 pounds mixed salted nuts (yep, I wrote POUNDS)
1 12 oz. package spoon-size shredded-wheat biscuits
1 10 1/2 oz. package crisp doughnut shaped oat cereal (why doughnut shaped...)
1 6 oz. package bite-size crisp rice squares
1 7-oz. package small pretzel twists
1 5 3/4 oz. package slim pretzel sticks
1 4 1/2 oz. can pretzel bits
2 cups salad oil (HUH??)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon garlic salt (This is no party I want to attend.)
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
Mix all ingredients in very large roaster or large pans. (no kidding) Bake in very slow oven - 250 - 2 hours, stirring and turning mixture with wooden spoon every 15 minutes (be careful not to crush cereals). (get serious) Makes 9 quarts.
There is a note about how you can substitute cereals 'that won't crush'. What would those be?
This is bizarre. What kind of a party is this? It also says it 'goes well with fudge'. Worcestershire, garlic salt and fudge. Mmm, mmmm.


Sarah said...

That is almost the exact recipe for the original Chex Mix party mix:
cups Corn Chex® cereal
3 cups Rice Chex® cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup bite-size pretzels
1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Somehow 6 T butter sounds more appealing than "2 cups salad oil" !
I think it's funny when they try not to say the name of the product they mean. Do you suppose the doughnut O cereal is Cheerios???

Linda said...

Here's yet another version. This one from the very early 60's.

2 pounds mixed nuts
1 12-oz pkg mini shredded wheat
1 10-oz pkg Cheerios
1 6-oz pkg rice chex
1 7-oz pkg thin pretzels
1 7-0z pkg mini bow tie pretzels
2 Cups salad oil
2 Tbls Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbls garlic salt
1 Tbls seasoned salt

Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.

Salad oil used to be readily available in the grocery stores...right next to the vegetable oil. Can't find it now though, so I use the vegetable oil. The oil doesn't lend any flavor to the just seems to be a way to get the salts to stick to the nuts, cereals and pretzels.