Furikake chex mix, like any chex mix recipe, is pretty much foolproof.
The key is to choose dry ingredients which taste good to you.
Use Cheerios if you love Cheerios, don't use pretzels
if you hate pretzels.
That way the worst that can happen is it tastes like it's not mixed
uniformly (which can easily happen if it's your first time making it),
but it still tastes ok.
If it's for a wide audience, go with a "safe" combination of dry ingredients
(like the above list), and maybe go a little lighter on the furikake.
The above recipe is the result of many trials tailored to meet several
requirements, the primary one being the capacity of my large 17x12x2
rectangular roasting pan(!).
First I found several recipes on the internet at the following sites:
I eyeballed them, then picked the first one on the list as a starting point.
The next step was to choose the dry ingredients.
I wanted to use Bugles, but they're really hard
to find in our local supermarkets.
In addition to taste, another consideration is volume relative to my
aforementioned rectangular pan.
It turns out one 14.5oz box of Honeycomb
cereal, one 12oz box of Crispix cereal, and one 9oz bag of Synder's
butter snaps pretzels will make two panfuls of dry ingredients.
I initially tried a half recipe for the syrup ingredients. It was ok, but
was not quite enough for the selected dry ingredients, plus it was too
strong on shoyu and too light on butter and sweetness.
Also, I thought one whole bottle of furikake was too strong.
The honey roasted nuts were a later addition.
Still later I tried adding a third box of cereal, to add another taste and
to make three panfuls of mix instead of two.
I increased the butter from 1.25 to 1.33 sticks, to evenly divide a 4-pack
of butter (maybe I've been watching too much Paula Deen!).
We thought Cheerios came out better than Rice Chex.
Some final hints:
- if you're not sure what kind of furikake to get (or even
what it is), I would
recommend sticking with a simple flavor.
Using a fishy flavor (sake, katsuo,
kozakana, ebi) will probably taste strange, and I shudder to think
how natto (fermented soy bean) furikake chex mix would taste!
Nori Furikake is a good choice.
JFC Nori Goma Furikake (pictured above), is great with rice but
has long strips of nori (seaweed) which glom onto the pretzel grids.
- if you're heating the syrup in a microwave oven, watch carefully to
avoid the butter frothing up out of the container (*)
- the easiest way to measure the dry ingredients is using a scale.
If you don't have one, here are the approximate measurements:
5½C Honeycomb, 4C Crispix, 5C Cheerios or Rice Chex, 1¾C pretzels.
- to more evenly coat the ingredients:
- start with just the cereals and add the syrup in several applications.
For each application use a large wooden spoon to drizzle the syrup
evenly over the dry ingredients then mix thoroughly.
- next mix in the furikake in several applications
- mix in the pretzel squares and honey roasted peanuts last
- the honey roasted coating may be gone from the peanuts by the end of the
baking process, but it ends up in the chex mix so it's all good!
- after the baking is done, be sure to stir/loosen the mix in the pan
while it is still warm (before it hardens into a solid mass)
- make sure the oven is set to "bake" not "broil" (*)
(*) don't ask me how I know