The ultimate party snack mix should be crunchy, salty, sweet, and savory. This easy furikake snack mix is just that and more. It is easy to make and crowd-pleasing so a must for your next get-together or when you want something new.
It is not the same old ordinary Chex or snack mix combination. The savory, salty, and nutty flavor from the furikake seasoning sends this snack mix over the top. Plus the addition of soy sauce and Worchestershire sauce in the sticky sweet sauce adds even more layers of umaminess. If I had to describe this recipe, it is "UMAMI YUM!"
(Umami - the 5th taste along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salt; described as savory/meaty)
What is Furikake?
If you have not already heard of or tried furikake, you will be wondering where it has been all your life after you have tried it. It is a Japanese seasoning blend of dried seaweed, sesame seeds, and salt. Some blends include kelp powder and/or fish sauce. A few will include MSG, which I stay away from so read the ingredients carefully if you want to be sure yours too is free of MSG.
Some people associate the Japanese seasoning with Hawaii since it is quite popular there. I have seen recipes termed "Hawaii style" when adding furikake. I am all for anything that makes me think of Hawaii and the flavors of the islands so enjoying more recipes with it is why I created this recipe.
Furikake is most commonly sprinkled on rice, noodles, seafood, chicken, and vegetables. We bought the Trader Joe's brand furikake seasoning months ago. We wanted it for homemade poke bowls and now several of us like to put it on all sorts of other things too. To learn how to make your own poke bowls check out my fun blog post POKE BOWLS KIDS LOVE TO MAKE AND EAT!
How to Make Furikake Snack Mix
You will need the ingredients pictured below. You can use any combination of crackers, popcorn, etc. You can also use potato chips, pretzels, or nuts too if you like. Just make sure you have 6 total cups of the dry ingredients. For this recipe, I made the kids favorites - goldfish crackers, oyster crackers, and fresh popcorn.
Preheat the oven and get going on the sticky sweet and salty sauce. In a saucepan melt the butter on medium heat and then stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Next, add the oil and the corn syrup and stir. Lastly as it all bubbly and getting thick, add the soy and Worchestershire sauce. Remove from heat.
In a mixing bowl have your crackers, chips, popcorn, etc waiting. Now pour on the sauce and with a rubber spatula stir to combine.
Once combined, pour onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Spray the foil also with non-stick spray.
Now sprinkle on the furikake and stir to evenly distribute as seen below.
Bake in the oven for an hour. Make sure to stir every 15 minutes so it cooks evenly. Let cool 15 minutes before enjoying. This keeps for about 2 days max or it gets a bit soft and loses its crunch. Store in an air-tight container if you have any left after the first day! You probably won't is all I am saying. Well if you live alone you may have extras. Around here, this is GONE pretty fast.
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Furikake Snack Mix
- 6 C any combination of crackers and popcorn for this recipe I used 2 C each of goldfish, oyster crackers, and popcorn
- ¼ C salted butter
- ¼ C granulated sugar
- ¼ C light karo syrup
- ¼ C vegetable oil
- ½ TB soy sauce
- ½ TB Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ C furikake Japanese seasoning
- Preheat oven to 250°.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl put in all the dry ingredients.
- In a small saucepot, add the butter and melt over medium heat. Once melted, add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Next, add the corn syrup and vegetable oil and stir to combine. The mixture will start to bubble up and thicken. Add the soy and Worchestershire sauce and stir. Reduce the heat to low and cook about 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and pour over the dry ingredients. Using a rubber spatula stir to combine. Make sure all the popcorn and crackers are evenly coated.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking/nonstick spray so the mixture will not stick.
- Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with the furikake and stir gently with the rubber spatula to coat all pieces with some of the seasoning.
- Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. The snack mix will slowly cook to ensure it dries out so that the sauce and seasoning stick.
- Let cool about 15 minutes before enjoying.
- Store in an air-tight container. Try to enjoy within 2 days as it can become chewy as it ages.
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Tricia Snow says
Wow! Where has this been my whole life! You had me at Salty and sweet!
Go get these ingredients and make it ASAP - sounds like it is so your salty-sweet crunchy sort of food!
Douglas Jasper says
I had never heard of this. It sounds delicious. I wish we had Trader Joe's in Canada!
You can get the same seasoning through the Amazon link so you can give it a try.
Can't say I've ever heard of this before! Looks really good.
Laura Lee says
I am soooo making this for our next family get-together!
Great, hope you all enjoy it.
I never would have thought to mix these ingredients together - this looks like a good snack and I think that my picky kids would like the goldfish crackers mixed in there!
I admit that I love the goldfish crackers too!
Holly B says
This sounds delicious! I have never seen this before, but I would love to try it!
Something new to try out is always a good thing. Give a try the next time you want a homemade munchie fix!
Beth Shields says
This sounds intriguing and delicious. Love the salty and sweet approach and all the crackers. Thanks for your recipe.
You are welcome, Beth. Thanks for checking it out and leaving a comment.
Eva Keller says
This looks like a great snack! I love all of the things in it and so does my husband. It's hard for us to agree on snacks for some reason.
This is a snack everyone can agree on in my house. Salty or sweet, this is a great crunchy snack that is easy to make too.
This looks great, I have to try it!
I will have to find this seasoning so I can give it a try!
It is available on Amazon if you cannot find it or have easy access to a Trader Joes.
Looks like an interesting snack. I have one child who would devour this in an instant. I think my other 3 would be hesitant to try it.
Then one child is super lucky!!!
Alexis Farmer says
Now I know what I’m making my dad for Father’s Day!
Happy Father's day to him!
Danielle Ardizzone says
This looks so delicious and satisfying!
Sydney Delong says
I have never heard of that seasoning! It looks good though, I will have to give it a try!
Glad to hear you found something new today.
All right, I am going to make this. We've been popcorning alot of nights, watching Netflix...this'll take it up another level. I only go to Trader Joe's for fresh flowers; next time I'll get the seasoning. I'm hungry! Everything on your blog looks so delicious!!
Grab some TJ furikake, some flowers, and have a great Netflix night!
Linda Egeler says
We are huge popcorn fans. This looks like a great way to add a creative twist! Love salty and sweet
You will for sure love this popcorn party mix with any crackers you like for a crunchy sweet and salty addiction.
Roselyn Franke says
This sounds so good! Hopefully I can try it soon!
Lora Schroeder says
It looks good and cannot go wrong with sweet, salty and crunchy. I don't eat some of these ingredients like corn syrup and vegetable oil, but if I need a snack to bring to a gathering this would be on my list! Never tried to before but would make it!
Yes it is not an everyday snack around here either but great for parties where you can have some and balance it with other foods.
Stephanie Veach says
This snack looks delicious!
Ooo I bet the kids would love this, thanks! Furikake is so versatile!
I have never tried anything like this before! Thanks for sharing!
You are welcome.
I love snacks like this. The mix of sweet and savory sounds amazing!
It is a great mix of all sorts of flavors.
Lisa Manderino says
This is such a fun and unique snack! Great idea!
Erica Pittenger says
This is pretty neat! I never heard of it before but it looks delicious!
Glad to introduce you to something new.
Looks good! Thanks for sharing a new snack idea!
You are welcome.
Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life says
I have not had this before and look forward to trying it!
It is a different take on a party mix and I hope you enjoy it.
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Sounds like a fun treat to have on our next "internation food" night!! Thanks for sharing!
Fun! That sounds like a great food night - how do I get an invite! haha!
Yum! I love how customizable this is!
Recipes that can be customized for your own tastes with just a little bit of effort is the best isn't it!
Melissa Jones says
Very neat snack idea!
I haven’t heard of furikake! Thanks for the info and a great recipe.
Miz Helen says
Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,489. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
This is such a simple and clever idea, and I even have some Karo syrup I need to find a use for. We're going to try it on popcorn and rice crackers, mmm.
Sounds wonderful to use rice crackers along with the furikake.
So excited to find this recipe. I love sweet and salty and I cannot stop eating this.
Thank you, glad you love it.