Ok, I know if you did not grow up eating furikake like I did, this may seem like an odd snack to you, especially if the contents of this delightful seasoning freak you out. Furikake is a Japanese dry seasoning typically made of dried seaweed bits, sesame seeds, salt, sugar and msg. As if that is not weird enough to those who have never tried it, there are many types and some versions also have dried tuna, dried salmon and egg, too. Trust me though, its good and SOO addicting. In Japan, furikake is as common as salt and pepper is in America- they put it on everything! Growing up, one of the ways my parents would get me to finish my bowl of rice was to sprinkle furikake over it. Worked like a charm, I would gobble it all up. I think it may have been the msg in it, but it was SO tasty!
Then I went to Hawaii last summer and discovered furikake chex mix. The brilliant people of Hawaii really know how to get me with their fusion snacks because the Aloha state is home to some of my favorite island combos like li hing gummie bears and macadamia nut hershey kisses. This one is a winner as well! I loooove chex mix and adding furikake, sugar, butter and honey is just short of ingenious. It’s all my favorite flavors (and all the bad-for-you-stuff) combined in one!
Like I mentioned before, there are many variations of furikake, you can even make your own! (Here is a recipe that I found online) I like the plain type of furikake, called nori furkikake – the typical kind with just seaweed, sesame seeds, sugar and salt. This is what it looks like out of the bottle:
You can buy furikake mix at any Asian grocery store. I even found a NON-msg kind (right):
I made three batches of this highly addicted snack this past week, and if you saw me around town, I was probably toting a gallon-sized ziplock bag of it and depositing some at your doorstep. Everyone who tried it raved about it! So here is the recipe, for those of you who asked this week.
- 1 bottle of furikake
- 1 12.8-oz corn or rice Chex or both. (I used half a box of rice chex and half a box of corn chex)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup honey or light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- nuts, cereal, pretzels, bagel chips, popcorn or anything else you would like to toss into the mix
Line two large baking sheets with foil or silpat and spread the mix evenly across the baking sheets in a single layer. Bake for an hour in the oven at 250 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool. The mix will harden and “crisp” up. Store in an airtight container or eat immediately!
So yummy!!! Or as they say in Japanese, its very “oishii”!