Browned Butter Furikake Chex Mix
This Browned Butter Furikake Chex Mix recipe was originally published in November 2017 I have updated the recipe to include more photos and notes about substituting ingredients in the snack mix.
Furikake Chex mix is a delicious snack mix that’s covered in a sweet glaze and a Japanese condiment called furikake (ふりかけ). There are many varieties of furikake, but a typical mixture contains toasted chopped seaweed, sesame seeds, sugar, and other seasonings. Often, furikake will also contain dried fish flakes for umami flavor. Furikake is a magical condiment that you can sprinkle over many foods, such as rice, vegetables, fish, and even a sweet Chex mix!
This is the brand of furikake that I typically use.
I often prepare furikake Chex mix for large parties because it is easy to make and it’s a crowd pleaser. The first time I made the Chex mix for my family, my mom and sister loved it so much that they asked me for the recipe right away! They enjoyed the delicious combination of sweet and savory flavors and the irresistible crunch of the cereal and pretzels. This furikake Chex mix keeps well for a week or two, so they make great gifts as well.
DEVELOPING MY FURIKAKE CHEX MIX RECIPE
USING MAPLE SYRUP INSTEAD OF CORN SYRUP
To make furikake Chex mix, you need to prepare a sweet glaze. When I first learned how to cook this dish, I followed recipes that used a considerable amount of sugar and corn syrup for the glaze. I don’t cook with corn syrup often, and I thought it was silly to buy a bottle just to make a batch of Chex mix. Moreover, I found the Chex mix made from those recipes to be a bit too sweet for my tastes.
Over time, I started experimenting with the glaze by cutting out the sugar entirely and replacing corn syrup with maple syrup. I loved the results! The slight hint of caramel flavor in maple syrup works so well for the glaze.
BROWNING THE BUTTER
On a whim, I decided to brown the butter for the glaze instead of simply melting the butter. I thought the malty flavor in the browned butter complimented the maple syrup in the glaze very well and elevated the flavors of the Chex mix overall.
When the brown solids in the melted butter look like this shade of brown, turn off the heat.
To brown butter, melt the butter in a saucepan over the stove. Keep heating and stirring the melted butter until the milk solids in the butter start to brown. Once the butter starts browning, play close attention to the butter because it can go from brown to burnt very quickly.
Right when the butter starts to go from a caramel brown color to a darker brown (like the color of medium-roast coffee beans), turn off the heat. I like to add the maple syrup to the saucepan right away to prevent the butter from browning further and potentially burn.
CHEX MIX INGREDIENTS
You can make the Chex mix with any combination of cereal, nuts, and savory snacks that you like. In the original recipe that I published in 2017, I used a combination of corn Chex, pretzels, and mixed nuts (pecans, walnuts, cashews, and almonds). I like to change things up now and again by adding popcorn or Bugles to the mix, which I note in the recipe. I’ve even seen some people add Honeycomb cereal or Goldfish crackers. Feel free to play around with the ingredients for the snack mix.
BE PATIENT WHEN BAKING THE CHEX MIX
I like to back the furikake Chex mix at 250ºF (120ºC) for 1 hour. I know it’s tempting to want to crank up the heat to shorten the baking time but resist the urge to do so! Baking the Chex mix at a lower temperature for a longer period makes the snack mix extra crunchy without burning the sugars.
HOW LONG DOES THE FURIKAKE CHEX MIX KEEP?
This Chex mix will keep for 1 to 2 weeks in an airtight container. One important note: if you use popcorn, the popcorn won’t be incredibly crunchy after a few days. If you’re making this furikake Chex mix as gifts, I wouldn’t use popcorn and stick to cereals, nuts, or small crackers/pretzels.
Browned Butter Furikake Chex Mix
Feel free to substitute any ingredients in the snack mix. In the photos to this recipe, I’ve reduced the amount of corn Chex and pretzels and added popcorn. When making these substitutions, measure the ingredients by volume rather than weight. For example, swap 2 cups of corn Chex and 2 cups of pretzels with 4 cups of unsalted popcorn (or whatever you like).
A full batch of this recipe can serve 10 to 12 people. If you don’t want to make such a large batch of furikake Chex mix, you can halve the recipe.
2 large 15”x20” jelly roll pans (see note 2)parchment paper2 large mixing bowls
If you don’t have these extra large jelly roll pans, you can use 2 or 3 large baking sheets (roughly 13”x18”). If you’re using 2 baking sheets, make sure to give the Chex mix a good stir halfway through baking to ensure that the glaze coats the snack bits evenly. After the Chex mix is done baking, let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes and stir everything to prevent clumping. This step is even more important when you’re using smaller baking sheets.
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