A Crunchy Local Holiday Treat: Furikake Chex Mix
The Furikake Chex Mix is another classic Hawaii treat usually given out during the Holidays. It was most certainly inspired by Muddy Buddies, but Hawaii always needs to give it the local twist.
I looked forward to receiving a Furikake Chex Mix goody bag during the holidays. It has a light taste on the sugar and a hint of umami from the furikake seasoning. All of it is balanced out by the savory salt of the pretzels and shoyu. Plus, I just love crunchy snacks!
What To Put in Furikake Chex Mix?
There are three very basic ingredients for this holiday mix. It requires three different types of Chex; corn, rice, and wheat. After that, you are more than welcome to interchange, omit, or add your favorite snacks.
For my recipe, I like to use pretzels and almonds. I’ve seen Furikake Chex Mix with Bugles, goldfish, wasabi peas, honeycomb cereal, Honeynut Cheerios, etc. Feel free to change up this recipe to what you like!
Mixing Magic: Preparing the Chex Mix
Make sure to use two large roasting foil pans. I have tried many dishes to see if I can fit all of the Furikake Chex Mix into one! But to no luck, only the two large foil pans worked.
Evenly distribute the chex, nuts, and pretzels amongst the two pans. Stir it all together to mix it. Set aside and get the oven preheating to
Saucy Sauce for the Furikake Chex Mix
Making the sauce is really easy! Simply melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Then stir in the sugar and let it dissolve. Make sure to dissolve the sugar in butter first since it will be harder to dissolve it with the oil. Then combine the honey, oil, and shoyu with it. Let it simmer for two minutes before taking it off of the heat.
Evenly coat all of the chex mix with the sauce. Gently toss everything to make sure all of the chex mix has been coated. I used two spatulas to toss everything together so it wouldn’t crush the chex mix as much. Then sprinkle in the furikake seasoning in the two pans.
Finishing the Furikake Chex Mix
Lastly, add the two pans to the oven. Let it bake for one hour while taking it out of the oven every 15 minutes to toss it so it does not burn. Doing this step with help loosen up the sticky sauce to mix it even more into the mix. It also helps crisp up the chex mix.
Take it out from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Pack it into small goody bags and share it amongst your friends and families for the holidays!
FAQs for Making the Best Furikake Chex Mix
Making Furikake Chex Mix is super simple but there are a few things to remember when making this treat:
- This will yield a big batch for a party or gift bag giveaways.
- Dissolve the sugar in butter before adding in the rest of the sauce or the sugar will turn into clumps.
- If you feel there isn’t enough sauce, double the sauce recipe.
- Feel free to change or switch the ingredients for the chex mix!
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Furikake Chex Mix
- 2 foil pans
- 1 Box Corn Chex
- 1 Box Rice Chex
- 1 Box Wheat Chex
- 1 pack stick pretzels
- 1 cup mixed nuts almonds
- ¾ cup Furikake Seasoning
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup honey or Karo Syrup corn syrup
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tbs. shoyu soy sauce
- Evenly split the Chex, pretzels, and almonds between two large foil pans. Gently mix all of the ingredients.
- Preheat the oven to 250°F.
- Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add the sugar in and mix until dissolved. Mix in the honey, oil, and shoyu. Stir constantly for about 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and pour sauce evenly amongst the 2 pans. Use two spatulas to mix the sauce into the chex mix gently.
- Sprinkle the furikake seasoning between the 2 pans. Put the 2 pans into the oven and bake at 250°F for 1 hour. Take the 2 pans out of the oven every 15 minutes to toss the mix and prevent burning.
- After baking, let it cool to room temperature and pack them into goodie bags so friends and family may enjoy this onolicious local Furikake Chex Mix for the holidays!