Furikaki chex mix is a much loved Hawaii snack mix. Crispy, sweet and salty, with a touch of umami, this is one addictive party mix! I guarantee it will be the first thing to disappear at any party it makes an appearance at.
If you're getting your recipes ready for the holiday season, you've got to try this classic Hawaiian party mix.
It's super easy to make in large batches; All you need to do is transfer it to a bag or airtight container and use it as needed. It will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks, and you can even freeze it!
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💚Reasons You'll Love This Recipe
✅Furikake snack mix makes a great homemade holiday gift. Put it in a jar and make a gift tag. Everyone will love it.
✅Furikake chex mix stays fresh for up to two weeks. I doubt if it will last that long, but still good to know...
✅This is a great recipe to make in bulk. Double the recipe and freeze it (it freezes really well, believe it or not.)
✅Like making simple recipes with your kids? This is a great holiday recipe for little kitchen helpers.
🙋What is Furikaki Chex Mix?
Furikaki chex mix is a party mix that's sold all over Hawaii. It usually makes an appearance around the holidays, when party mixes really come into their own.
There's so many variations of this popular snack mix. Some like to use honeycombs and sesame sticks, while others prefer wheat chex and nuts. This recipe is highly adaptable, so please feel free to customize it to your heart's content. Here's a few variations you might want to try :
- Sesame Sticks
- Corn Chex
- Rice Chex
- Honeycomb Cereal
The one thing all furikake chex mix recipes contain is an easy homemade sauce that's spread over the chex mix before baking. The sauce consists of oil or butter (in our case vegan butter), soy sauce, a sweetener and furikake seasoning.
Furikaki seasoning is typically made of toasted sesame seeds, nori, salt and sugar. Some versions contain miso or bonito flakes. Don't buy a furikaki seasoning with bonito flakes - they're made from fish. Trader Joe's sells a furikaki seasoning mix that's suitable for vegans, as do many other other places.
- Wheat Chex: What's a chex mix without chex??
- Bugles: These are a traditional addition to most furikaki chex mixes that you buy packaged in Hawaii.
- Peanuts: You can use roasted or raw peanuts.
- Soy Sauce: This adds a salty, umami flavor.
- Vegan Butter: We'll be drizzling this over the chex mix before baking at a low temperature. The vegan butter will keep the mix crispy.
- Maple Syrup: Maple Syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness. For more information on maple syrup's suitability for a vegan diet, check out Is Maple Syrup Vegan?
- Furikaki Seasoning: You can buy this online, or in the Asian section of your grocery store. Please check the ingredients on the label as some furikaki seasoning contains fish.
📍Where To Buy Furikake Seasoning
- Local Asian Grocery Stores: Many Asian grocery stores carry a variety of furikake seasoning. Check the international or Japanese section of your local grocery store.
- Online Retailers: Websites like Amazon, Walmart, and even specialty online food stores offer a wide range of furikake options. You can browse different brands and flavors to find one that suits your taste.
- Japanese or Asian Markets: Specialty Japanese or Asian markets often have a dedicated section for Japanese seasonings, including furikake. If you have a Japanese or Asian market nearby, it's worth checking out.
- Health Food Stores: Some health food stores or specialty stores that focus on organic and natural products may carry furikake seasoning, especially if they have a diverse international food selection.
- Big Chain Grocery Stores: In some larger chain grocery stores with extensive international sections, you may find furikake seasoning alongside other Japanese or Asian ingredients.
When searching online, you can simply type "furikake seasoning" into the search bar of your preferred online retailer, and you should find various options to choose from.
- Preheat your oven to 250 F (125 C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, mix together your melted vegan butter, maple syrup and soy sauce.
- In a large bowl mix together your chex mix, pretzels, peanuts and Bugles.
- Pour the butter mixture over the chex mix and gently stir with a wooden spoon.
- Sprinkle your furikaki seasoning mix over the top, and mix again to ensure that everything is coated in the seasoning.
- Transfer your furikake chex mix to the baking tray and bake for 60-70 minutes. Be sure to give the tray a good shake every 15 minutes or so.
- If the mix seems to still be a bit wet after you remove it from the oven, don't worry. It will harden as it cools.
Here's a few other finger foods that would make a lovely addition to your next holiday get together:
🧡Try these super-easy-to-make chocolate covered pecans. They'd make a lovely sweet complement to a chex mix.
🧡Furikake chex mix would be a welcome addition to a grazing board. Serve alongside fruit, dips and bread.
🧡Try these fun pigs in a blanket (vegan style.) They're great party finger food.
Once your Furikake Chex Mix has cooled to room temperature, store it in an airtight container to preserve its crispiness and flavors. Keep the container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
For an extra layer of freshness, consider placing a small piece of bread or a silica gel packet inside the container. The bread helps absorb any excess moisture, while the silica gel packet prevents the mix from becoming stale.
Avoid storing the Chex Mix in the refrigerator, as the cold temperature can affect its texture. If stored properly, your Furikake Chex Mix should stay delightful for up to two weeks—although it's so delicious, it might not last that long!
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🙋Frequently Asked Questions About This Recipe
Stored in an airtight container or bag, chex mix should stay fresh for up to 2 weeks. Make sure that your chex mix is totally cooled before storing it.
Sometimes furikake chex mix feels a bit soggy when it first comes out of the oven. It usually hardens as it cools. Just be sure that you turn everything over at the halfway point to ensure that your chex mix cooks evenly. Don't overcrowd the pan.
Yes, chex mix is freezer friendly. Spread the cooled chex mix out on parchment lined baking tray and flash freeze for 2 hours. Transfer the frozen chex mix to a freezer safe bag or airtight container. It should stay fresh for up to 3 months.
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Furikake Chex Mix
- 3 cups wheat chex
- 2 cups Bugels
- 2 cups pretzels
- 1 cup peanuts
- ½ cup vegan butter melted
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ cup furikaki seasoning *use a vegan brand
- 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
- Preheat oven to 250° F (120° C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Add the chex mix, Bugels, pretzels and peanuts to a large bowl. Stir to combine.
- In a small bowl, combine the vegan butter, maple syrup, and soy sauce .
- Pour the vegan butter mixture over the chex mixture. Sprinkle the furikake seasoning over the top and stir to combine.
- Spread the, chex mixture out evenly over the baking tray, and bake for 65 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Store furikake chex mix in an airtight container or bag. It should stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.
- You can freeze chex mix! Simply flash freeze for 2 hours on a parchment lined baking tray. Transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.