What Are Doodads
Generally, when I talk about doodads to someone that’s not a family member, they have no idea what I’m talking about. Apparently, the name “doodads” used to be a Nabisco product. Many more people are familiar with the term “Chex-Mix”; our doodads are simply a home-made Chex-Mix.
A Holiday Snack, or a Perfect Snack
I LOVE doodads. I always say they remind me of the holidays, because around Thanksgiving and Christmas every year growing up, my mom, aunt, and grandmother would make them often. Really though, ever since I was old enough to know how to make them myself, I’ve made them year-round. In my not-so-humble opinion, they are the perfect snack. (Let’s be honest though… sometimes, I also eat them for breakfast.) Through the years, I have adapted the original family recipe to my preference. The biggest change has been adding Cheeze-Its. They are by far my favorite part of doodads. When I was younger, my family always teased me because I would pick out all the Cheeze-Its. Now, though, I make sure there are plenty!
Create Your Own Variation
One of the great things about doodads is that you can mix and change it according to your preferences. For instance, when I make it when mom’s around, I include mixed nuts, which I don’t eat but she loves. Back when I was living in Valdosta, I would substitute the mixed nuts with a cup of Honey-Nut Cheerios. I listed some name-brands in the recipe, but I do often use off brands for most everything, EXCEPT Cheeze-Its, of course.
I use a large, ceramic, microwaveable bowl to mix and cook in the microwave. Then, when it’s done, I typically get out a 9×13 glass pan, put some paper towels in the bottom (just to keep it clean), and then pour the doodads on the paper towel.
Here’s my recipe! Please let us know if you try it. Hope you enjoy!
4 tablespoons Butter
Melt butter in microwave. Add worchestershire and seasoned salt and mix.
Add cereal in order depending on how well it will absorb the mixture, mixing as you go. I do: nuts, pretzels, Cheeze-Its, then Crispix.
Mix WELL, until all are covered. Cook in microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Repeat this twice more, for a total of 3 minutes, or until desired crispiness.