Snack mixes are one of the greatest things to come out of my hometown. Take virtually any boxed snack item, and the people of Hawai’i will make it better. Below you’ll find one of my favorite party recipes, great for sharing with a large crowd while still being easy on the wallet.
I typically add two additional ingredients to my snack mix – arare and furikake. Arare is a Japanese rice cracker flavored with soy sauce. Furikake is a dry seasoning made of seaweed and sesame seeds that you sprinkle over food. Due to the availability of these items for many of my readers, I have left them off. They are available at Japanese markets and Amazon if you want to try them!
Hawai’i style Snack Mix
INGREDIENTS 2 cups butter
3/4 cup sugar
4 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 TBSP soy sauce
12 oz. Chex rice cereal
12 oz. Chex wheat cereal
12 oz. Chex corn cereal
12 oz. Cheerios
16 oz. pretzels (tiny work best)
6 oz. unsalted peanuts
Large pan with sides
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix cereal, pretzels, and nuts in pan, set aside.
Melt butter, sugar, soy sauce, and Worcestershire over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
Pour sauce over snack mixture and stir until evenly coated.
Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Cool completely before serving or packaging.
Superhero Tip: Add in some cheesy goodness with a bag of Cheetos or box of cheese crackers – it’s a delight!
Second Superhero Tip: Instead of plain peanuts, add in a flavor like honey roasted. Be sure to add them after the mix comes out of the oven and is cool.
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