I normally tackle my Nuts and Bolts and Butter Tarts in mid-November. Why? In all honesty, probably because my Mom always did and her baking was always scrumptious! She always swore you should make your Nuts and Bolts 2-3 weeks ahead of time and store it in a plastic bag (old bread bag, ziploc, etc.) so all the flavours mix and mingle. From experience, I vouch that they most definitely do taste better after a couple of weeks of melding than right out of the oven.
As for the butter tarts, I make them ahead of time because they freeze well. I know you were hoping for some magical reason for that one but, alas, that's the truth!
Now that's one heck of a batch of nuts and bolts!
The butter tarts yummy filling, boiling away.
Post-oven! I may have had to taste test one because it accidentally fell (oops!). Pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.
Some yummy sounding party mix recipes:
- Toased party mix: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/toasted-party-mix/detail.aspx
- Original Chex party mix: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/original-chex-party-mix/detail.aspx
- Curry party mix: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/curry-party-mix/detail.aspx
- Hot and spicy party mix: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hot-and-spicy-party-mix/detail.aspx
Some scrumptious sounding butter tart recipes: