By Cara Fasone
Before recipes were easily accessed through the Internet, friends shared their favorite recipes on handwritten recipe cards. I was sorting through my family’s old recipe cards and found the Furikake Chex (Crispix) Mix index card my aunty wrote out. It looks older than it actually is, worn, yellow, the ink fading, but it is probably from the late 1980s.
Old school hand-written recipe card
Photo by Cara Fasone
Local Japanese Mix
The recipe on the card is gold, a local classic, and one of my favorite party mix recipes of all time! Furikake Chex mix is not only an addictive snack, but a fusion of an American munchie staple with island-style flavors. It’s sweet, salty, crunchy, and not your average chex mix. The nori in the furikake, a seaweed and sesame seed mix you can also sprinkle on rice, gives it that Japanese flair. Different in the best way ever!
My aunty passed over a decade ago and seeing her handwriting and remembering all the goodies she would make was nostalgic for me. I love recreating our family favorites and sharing them with my friends.
I made goodie bags for my co-workers, they loved it!
I doubled the original recipe and mixed it up a bit, below is the Hawaiian Culture Stories version of Furikake Chex Mix.
The perfect combo of sweet, salty and crunchy!
Photo by Cara Fasone
1 box of Crispix or corn Chex cereal
½ bag of pretzel rods
¼ box of Honey Combs cereal
½ bag of Fritos
½ cup of butter
½ cup of light Karo Syrup or any light corn syrup
½ cup of sugar
½ cup of vegetable oil
2 T soy sauce
1 large foil baking pan
1 bottle of Furikake Seaweed and Sesame Seed Seasoning (You can pick this up at any Japanese market or in some grocery stores with Asian aisles)
- Preheat the oven at 250 degrees
- In a sauce pan, heat butter, corn syrup, vegetable oil, soy sauce and sugar, until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.
- Pour cereal into a foil baking pan and toss. If you plan to reuse the baking pan, line it with foil before because cereal does get stuck on the bottom.
- Pour butter-syrup mixture over the cereal and toss gently.
- Sprinkle furikake evenly and toss
- Bake at 250 for 1 hour, tossing ever 15 mins
- Cool and store in an air-tight container
You can substitute the cereal and chips with your favorites; I use whatever I have in the cabinet. I’ve done different mixes with Cheerios, Bugles, honey-roasted peanuts, etc., “broke the mouth,” deliciousness!
What do you like in your furikake chex mix?