Steve's Often Copied, Never Duplicated, Furikake Chex Mix

Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is a sweet and spicy Asian variation of Chex mix. There are times I have made this by the bucketful, and it still runs out at parties. I often give this out as Christmas or hostess gifts. <P>Be very careful. This party mix is HIGHLY addictive, very dangerous to keep around in big quantities and may result in some weight gain!<p>This recipe is a combination of a few recipes, one from foodgeeks.com and another from beanpaste.blogspot.com. It also has a few of my own personal touches. <p>

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups Rice Chex or 2 cups Crispix cereal
  • 2 cups Wheat Chex or 2 cups Crispix cereal
  • 2 cups Corn Chex or 2 cups Crispix cereal
  • 2 cups honeycomb cereal (optional)
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks (I use Rold Gold brand)
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup butter
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 34 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (I use Kikkoman. Hawaii people, DO NOT USE Aloha Brand for this!!!)
  • 12 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 (2 ounce) bottle Nori Goma Furikake (I prefer Nori Komi Furikake, but it wouldn't let me input Nori Komi Furikake, Mishima brand)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix together all the cereals, pretzels, and peanuts in a large baking pan (The tin foil ones that you can buy from the store to roast turkey works really well!).
  3. Divide the mixture between two pans.
  4. In a medium-sized sauce pan over medium to medium-high heat, melt butter.
  5. Add sugar and dissolve well.
  6. Add corn syrup, soy sauce, oil, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco Sauce. Stir until blended well. It works best if you heat till it reaches the hard ball stage (about 250 degrees).
  7. Pour over cereal mixture, one pan at a time, and mix well.
  8. Put into the oven.
  9. After 15 minutes, remove from oven, and add one bottle of furikake to each pan. Mix around to evenly distribute furikake and sauce from the bottom.
  10. Continue baking for about 1-2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
  11. The cooking time fluauates depending on how crispy you want it, and how humid it is (making this in 90% humidity is a nightmare!).
  12. Store in an air-tight container or ziplock bags.
Most Helpful

This was quite tasty, but a little too sweet for me. I would omit the Honeycomb cereal next time and use another salty element. Pretzel goldfish is a good suggestion. I'd also add more hot sauce for more kick. But that's just me. The recipe is a good starting point, and the guests at the Hawaiian party I took it to enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for the inspiration!

KittBo January 29, 2012

Thanks for this tasty and savory recipe! I've been meaning to make this ever since my cousin who lives in Hawaii gave me some when she came home to visit last year.
I modified the recipe a little bit by using 3 cups of Rice Chex and 3 cups of Honey Wheat Chex instead of having the 2 cups of Honeycomb . I'm not a huge fan of pretzels so I used a bag of pretzel Goldfish which are smaller and easier to eat with this grab-by-the-handful snack. Not to mention they are cute swimming among the seaweed! I also used only one 2 oz. jar of the furikake for preference of taste.
The recipe didn't indicate at what temperature to melt the butter at so I went with med heat and whisked the sugar until it was no longer grainy. And after the remaining liquid ingredients were added I whisked it all until it boiled a little bit and had a glossy thickness to it. I also checked on the trays every 15 minutes instead of 10 mins to toss the mix.
I definitely will make another batch after getting more furikake and Goldfish. I will also try it with wasabi paste instead of Tabasco as the flavor wasn't prominent with 10 drops.
For those who make this, definitely cover your baking sheets with foil!! As it bakes, it gets stickier. I'm really glad I decided to use foil as clean up was super easy and no pan soaking to do.

cooking_neko83 December 12, 2010

BY FAR, this is the best Asian chex mix I have ever tasted. Steve is right - it is extremely addicting! It has several elements of taste that make it unusual - sweet, salty and spicy. I now make several batches because my family are not very good at sharing. Whoever gets to the bowl first hogs it!

Nutty Nancy February 06, 2010