Furikake Chex Mix

Pack this furikake mix into glass jars for an easy holiday gift to give to friends and family! #furikake #chexmix #snack #holidaygift

it’s easy to get caught up in social media, and the exciting lives it appears to perpetuate. if you look at my instagram from last week, it looks like i had fun times in san francisco and seattle and la, when that’s not quite true (there are most certainly no pictures of me getting up three times in the span of 5 hours in the middle of the night to puke, or the hours trapped studying sql queries). i store pics for a looong time, so you’ll be seeing seattle content on instagram for months to come, though i won’t physically be there when i post.

despite knowing this, i forget and sometimes get jealous over other people’s latergrams. even though i know i don’t see the struggles and hard work in the background, and i’m envious over the fluffy things.

but this furikake chex mix isn’t something you should be bitter about. it’s much easier to attain than an all-expense paid trip to hawaii, and much easier to share with all of your frans (read: friends). you get furikake chex mix, you get furikake chex mix, everybody gets furikake chex mix!!!! (doesn’t quite have the same ring as the og but you get the idea).

if you’ve only had the chex mix from the bags that are super salty and crunchy (i say this in the best possible way), then you need to make this. it doesn’t have those brown chips, which doesn’t upset me, since i don’t care for them anyways, but you can add whatever you like. i personally like it with just cereal, but you can add nuts or popcorn or whatever you fancy.

it’s a really simple snack OR holiday gift (see part 1 in my two part holiday food gift series: cherry almond croquant). so simple that a pre-teen could make it, as i did for my twelfth birthday party (along with spam musubi and lemon cupcakes topped with swiss meringue buttercream and gumpaste sandals from elisa strauss’ confetti cakes cookbook; yes i was extra even then).

melt butter with soy sauce and corn syrup, then stir it into a couple of boxes of cereal and your favorite furikake.* spread it out on a baking sheet and send it into an oven for some crisping before final consumption (though it doesn’t hurt to taste a bit before it goes into the fiery depths). baking it really makes sure that the furikake chex mix dries out and crisps up properly.

*furikake is a japanese condiment typically made with shredded seaweed and other flavorings that’s typically used for rice. you can find it in any asian market. there’s a number of different varieties, including ones with umeboshi (pickled plum) and crunchy rice balls. my favorites include the simple goma (sesame seed) and bonito (fish flake) ones.

the resulting furikake chex mix is kind of salty and kind of sweet. the savory, briny, sesame-y furikake balances out that sticky, caramelly brew used to force the furikake to cling to the cereal. and you get left with a snack that’s impossible to stop eating, bar giving it all away.

A close up at the crunchy, caramelly furikake chex mix. #furikake #chexmix #snack #holidaygift

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Pack this furikake mix into glass jars for an easy holiday gift to give to friends and family! #furikake #chexmix #snack #holidaygift
Furikake Chex Mix
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Furikake chex mix is an Asian American twist on the usual chex mix, and features the Japanese rice condiment furikake, made of roasted seaweed and sesame seed.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Hawaiian, Japanese
Keyword: butter, cereal, chex, chex mix, corn syrup, egg-free, furikake, nut-free, seaweed, soy sauce, sugar, vegetarian
Servings: 48 people
Calories: 124 kcal
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 boxes chex cereal
  • 1 bottle furikake
  1. Heat all syrup ingredients in a pot over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the butter melts.

  1. Put the cereal in a large (wide and shallow is better than deep and skinny if you can find it) bowl. Recruit an extra set of hands, or prepare to pick up and put down different things a bunch of times. While continuously tossing with a heat-proof rubber spatula, drizzle the syrup all over the cereal, pausing occasionally to sprinkle on some furikake. Even coverage is the key here.
  2. Spread the mix on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 250F for 1 hour, then cool before breaking into bite-sized pieces. It will crisp as it cools. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

4 Replies to “Furikake Chex Mix”

  1. Definitely wanna try this.. an incorporate some Indian spices ..fennel seeds and nuts.. like pistachios and walnuts.. nice for breaking the ice idea…

    1. ooh that’d be awesome! would love to hear how it goes with the spice-y flavor profile (:

  2. Funny that my girlfriend has this same exact recipe. I personally like to mix 1 box of each of rice and corn Chex cereal. I agree … I like it with just the cereal and no nuts, popcorn, pretzels, etc. The only difference is every 15 minutes, I take it out of the oven and mix and put it back in the oven. It turns out perfect!5 stars

    1. somehow this is one of those recipes that gets shared a ton (especially since it’s so easy + you can customize with whatever cereal/toppings, like you mentioned!). i get lazy to take it out every 15 minutes haha, but happy to hear that makes it perfect!

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