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Furikake Chex Mix

Furikake Chex Mix

Furikake Chex Mix is a party mix with a Hawaiian/Asian flare to it. This has a nice sweet/salty taste that is accompanied by a nice crispy/crunchy texture. What’s not to like? 

The key ingredients to this recipe are the cereal and the furikake. Furikake is a Japanese rice seasoning made primarily with seaweed; there are many varieties, but I think the best one for this recipe is a plain Furikake with roasted sesame seeds. P1130124

Furikake is great over steamed rice, vegetables, fish, eggs, popcorn, and it’s excellent in a party mix. It has a nice salty flavor to it that goes well with the sweetness from the corn syrup and sugar in this recipe.P1130126

The first step to making this Furikake Chex Mix is making the syrup that gets poured over the cereal.  Butter, oil, corn syrup, and soy sauce are combined and heated on the stove until the butter melts.
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Once the butter is melted, take the pot off of the heat and mix in the granulated sugar until all of the granules dissolve.P1130128

The boxes of Chex cereal should be combined and distributed in two deep baking trays. The butter mixture is then poured over the Chex cereal in both trays. Use two silicone spatulas and mix the cereal for about 2-3 minutes to ensure that everything is evenly coated. There may be some dry spots in the corner, so be sure to mix well.P1130131

After the cereal is coated by the mixture, it’s time to add the furikake. I like to add mine in 3-4 additions, just to make sure that the seasoning gets distributed evenly.P1130130

This is what the trays look like when they go into the oven. The cereal is baked at a low heat, just to dry the mix a bit.  I bake mine using the convection fan; it seems to help dry the cereal faster.P1130132

When you’re done baking the Furikake Chex Mix, you’re left with a delicious sweet/salty, crispy/crunchy snack that’s great for sharing!P1130140

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FURIKAKE CHEX MIX RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 box Corn Chex cereal
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. Shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 2 bottles Furikake
  • 3/4 cup karo syrup
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Additional butter, pretzels and/or peanuts (optional)

Directions:

Heat butter, karo syrup, soy sauce, and oil in a sauce pan. Remove from burner and add sugar, stir until sugar dissolves. Pour cereal in 2 large foil pans. Pour mixture over cereal, mix well until cereal is lightly coated. Pour furikake over mixture and bake at 250°F, convection, for 1 hour. Mix and turn over cereal every 15 minutes. After removing the cereal from the oven  for the final time (after the hour is up), stir until it cools and hardens to prevent the Chex from clumping together.

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