Sunday, November 26, 2017

Homemade Bits & Bites

For some reason homemade bits and bites always seems like a Christmas time treat. Which is a bit weird because there is really no "Christmas-y" ingredients in it. 
Maybe it's because it is the perfect snack to munch on while snuggled up watching all those lovely holiday movies. Every year I have to watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas (the cartoon version), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, and Elf. If you ever need help getting in the holiday spirit - these are the movies you can rely on. 
Anyway..... this recipe also make a great gift for family and friends as it makes A LOT. I like to bag it up in cookie bags and tie it with a pretty ribbon. FYI - if you are looking for something for a bake sale that isn't sweet - look no further!

Homemade Bits & Bites

1 box Cheese Nips
1 bag Goldfish crackers
6 cups Cheerios
6 cups Shreddies
6 cups pretzel sticks
2 cups butter, melted
1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp Tabasco Sauce
 1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp chili powder

Preheat oven to 250 F.
In a large bowl, mix Cheese Nips, Goldfish crackers, Cheerios, Shreddies, and pretzels.  

In another bowl, mix together melted butter and spices.

Pour the butter mixture over the bits and bites and stir gently but thoroughly, making sure to coat all the bits. Spread the bits and bites into a large roasting pan or on a large cookie sheet.

Bake in the 250 oven for about 2 hours - stirring the mixture every 15 minutes, making sure to pull the ones from the bottom up to the top. After 2 hours the moisture should be gone - if not, and some of the pieces are still moist, bake another 15 or so minutes. (FYI - They bake a bit faster on the cookie sheet than they do in a roaster.)
Remove from oven and let cool before placing in an air tight container (or bags). 

Move over popcorn, there's a new movie snack in town. 
Note - If you are wondering what the DVD is in the photo, it's Clash Of The Titans. The 1981 version.... one of the best movies ever, just so you know. 


  1. Great idea and I agree it's a perfect snack to munch on especially while watching a movie. My grand kids would love it and I am going to make it for them when they visit me. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you :) We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

  2. Found that if you put all dry ingredients into a plastic bag... I used a white garbage bag.. then put your wet ingredients it the bag, twist top of bag leaving air within and gently toss ... I do this over my sink just in case!!! You get an even coat with less breakage of cereals etc then bake on cookie sheets or roaster!!