Furikake Party Mix

FURIKAKE PARTY MIX, has an Asian Hawaiian twist to the famous original Chex party mix. Once you start eating them, you can’t stop.  Furikaki, is a dry Japanese condiment usually sprinkled over rice.  It mainly consists of dried seaweed, sesame seeds, salt, sugar, and various other ingredients.  There are several flavors but I recommend using the ones listed on the ingredients list.  This party mix is a great holiday snack or gift idea.  Present them in containers or jars and be prepared for requests every year.  Give this yummy snack a try, don’t just make them during the holidays, make up a batch and store them in airtight containers to be enjoyed throughout the year…..

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2 cups Rice Chex cereal
2 cups Wheat Chex cereal
2 cups Corn Chex cereal
2 cups honeycomb cereal
2 cups Pretzel sticks
2 cups Bugle chips
2 cups dry roasted Peanuts
1 cup butter, unsalted
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 cup light Corn syrup
2 1/2 – 3 Tbsp. Soy sauce, (Kikkoman brand)
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
5 – 10 drops Tabasco sauce, optional
1 1/2 – 2 (2 oz.) jars Nori Komi OR Nori Goma Furikake (I used Mishima brand)

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This is what makes this mix extra yummy!

 

 

Begin by preheating the oven to 250°.  Combine ALL of the cereals, pretzel, bugle chips, and peanuts together in a large bowl.  The bowl needs to be large enough so that when you start mixing the cereals together, it will not spill out.  2 separate containers can also be used if you don’t have a large one. Set this aside while we mix the syrup.

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In a medium sized saucepan, on MEDIUM HEAT, melt the butter.  Add the sugar and stir to combine and dissolve.

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Add the rest of the ingredients;  corn syrup, soy sauce, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco sauce, if using.

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Stir to combine well and allow to come to a slow boil, on MEDIUM heat, for about 3 minutes.  Syrup will  thicken slightly, or will be at a Soft Ball stage (candy making term).

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Pour some of the syrup mixture, slowly over the cereal and nut mixture.  DO NOT pour it in all at once.  Stir to combine well after each addition.  After ALL the syrup has been incorporated, sprinkle in one of the bottles of Furikake mix.

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Combine these ingredients thoroughly making sure that it’s coated with the syrup and Furikake.  Spread some of the mixture onto a baking sheet, spreading to form 1 single layer.  DO NOT PILE IT UP!

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Spread it out onto a single layer and bake in the oven for 1 – 1 1/2 hours.  After 10 minutes of baking time, stir the mixture to rotate and brown evenly.  Very important!!  Stir EVERY 10 minutes during the whole cooking time.  Add more Furikake mix if you’d like during the mixing process.

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Allow the mixture to cool completely before serving or packaging for gifts.  Store in an air-tight container!  ENJOY!

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