Jan 11
2011
Chex Mix Arare

Earlier last year a new family built a house on my MIL’s street.  When they moved in she went over to meet them and during the conversation Erin, the wife, asked my MIL if she by any chance knew Fuji Mama.  You can imagine my MIL’s surprise!  She responded that in fact she did and that I was her DIL and then asked how she had made the connection.  Erin explained that she had been looking for recipes online recently and stumbled upon my blog.  A picture in one of my posts looked strangely familiar.  So she went out and checked and realized that it had to have been taken in their new neighborhood and it looked like it had been taken from my MIL’s house looking up the street.  What a small world!

In June, Mr. Fuji went to Japan on a business trip, and I drove up to Utah with the girls to my MIL’s house.  She and my FIL watched the girls while I went to meet up with Mr. Fuji in Japan at the end of his business trip.  One day my MIL was outside with the girls and Erin saw them and asked my MIL if they were Squirrel and Bug.  (Squirrel and Bug, you’re famous!!)

When we got back from Japan I knew I wanted to meet Erin.  So Mr. Fuji and I went to visit her and her husband’s restaurant/boutique in town.  Isn’t this story awesome?  FOOD PEOPLE!!  The restaurant is called Food For Thought and is in a fabulous old house in Draper, Utah.  Mr. Fuji and I ordered some wonderful fresh salads and then finished off our meal with a mini princess cake (just like the ones I was commissioned to make for the bridal shower back in April of last year).  After we had paid and were about to leave, I asked the waitress if Erin was at the restaurant, and we got lucky because she had just walked in with her husband and kids.  Mr. Fuji and I got to meet them all and were delighted that they were as wonderful as we had hoped they would be.

Food For Thought, Draper, Utah

Last month my MIL and I went over to Erin’s house to deliver some holiday treats that we had made them (I contributed toffee, of course!).  Erin sent us home with a box of what she called Crispix Arare, which disappeared so quickly that when I went to snap a picture of it the next morning, there was hardly any left!

Erin's Chex Mex Arare

Erin also invited us to come over on New Year’s Day because she and her family were going to be cooking a traditional Japanese New Year’s feast.  Oh, did I forget to mention that Erin and her family are Japanese? I told you this story was awesome!  So New Year’s Day Mr. Fuji and I stopped by their house and ended up staying for the meal and coming home with bento boxes filled with treats to share.  We were SPOILED.

New Years Day Japanese Treats

While we were there, I also made sure to ask Erin if she would be willing to share her recipe for Crispix Arare with all of you, because it was so addictively good.  The day before we left to drive home, she dropped off a recipe card with the recipe.  So here we are!  Arare means “hailstones” in Japanese and refers to little rice crackers that come in a variety of flavors, both savory and sweet.

Making Chex Mix Arare

This recipe takes the oh-so-popular American snack of Chex Mix and combines it with the flavors of Japanese arare to make a very successful and addicting snack.  The mix is both sweet and salty, which I’m always a sucker for.  I loved Erin’s combination of rice chex (to keep it authentic!), Honeycomb cereal, and Bugles, but you can use whatever combination you love (just make sure you use the same total number of cups)!

Mixing the chex mix to go into the oven

The variety of shapes, textures, and flavors made the mix that much more exciting.  The final touch in the mix is the use of Nori Komi Furikake, a Japanese seasoning made of seaweed, sesame seeds, salt and sugar.

Nori Komi Furikake

I know it might sound weird, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that you are going to be pleasantly surprised if you give it a try!  And as you reach the bottom of the bowl way too quickly, don’t blame me, blame Erin!!

Sweet and Salty Chex Mix Arare

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Chex Mix Arare

Adapted from Erin’s (Food For Thought) recipe

Makes about 14 cups of snack mix

Recipe Notes: You can use whatever cereals or snacks that you love in your Chex Mix.  Just make sure you use a total of 13 cups!  I used a combination of cashews and peanuts, but again, use a total of 1 cup of whatever nuts you love.

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup granulated sugar
7 cups Crispix rice cereal
3 cups Honeycomb cereal
3 cups Bugles
1/2 cup salted roasted cashew pieces
1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts
1/4 cup nori komi furikake

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Place the oil, butter, corn syrup, soy sauce, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until the butter melts and sugar dissolves.

3. Pour the Crispix, Honeycomb, Bugles, and nuts into a large baking pan. Drizzle ¼ of the syrup over the cereal mix and mix well. Sprinkle ¼ of the furikake over the mix. Continue adding syrup and furikake and mixing until all ingredients have been added and the cereal mix is evenly coated.

4. Bake for 1 hour, stirring the chex mix every 15 minutes.  Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

* If you are ever in the area, you shouldn’t miss a stop at Food For Thought, even if it’s just to pick up a couple of treats to take home!

Food For Thought
12640 Fort Street
Draper, UT 84020-9362
(801) 576-9161
Business Hours: Monday — Saturday, 9am — 4pm

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Alayna @ Thyme Bombe January 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

That looks delicious, what a great idea to add Japanese flavors to Chex Mix. This is a fun recipe.

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cindy harris January 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I love eating at Food for Thought. It is a little taste of heaven in life.

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food librarian January 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

What a fantastic story! I love furikake on everything…and love this chex mex blend. How yummy!

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kat January 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

our family has had chex mix this way for many many years! there is also a peanut butter version (without furikake) which is also very addicting!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) January 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I remember fighting with my sister every road trip for the best pieces! One of my favorite snacks by far :)

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Roberta January 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm

First you had me at the rice crackers…then I saw the bugles…OMG…love them and don’t know why I never even thought to add them to the original chex mix. Thanks for sharing ;)

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Megan January 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I absolutely LOVE furikake so I’m going to have to make this. Sweet and salty is always a winner in my book. Actually, I might make this as one of the things to trade at my food swap group… hmm! Thanks for the recipe Rachael!

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kelley {mountain mama cooks} January 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Wow– this looks delicious! Definitely going to make this soon!

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Fuji Nana January 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I love stories like this. Such serendipity! And then to get such an tasty treat out of it (I know because I had some) . . . Awesome!

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Mac January 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm

As you know you originally had me at Arare, but now there are Bugles, too?! I haven’t had those in years! What a great excuse to have to get some. Well, I’ll be making this at some point. Probably Super Bowl Sunday. Can’t wait!

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cocopuff1212 January 12, 2011 at 12:17 am

Also try throwing salted popcorn in! People in Hawaii mix popcorn and sakura arare with furikake sprinkled on them — staple food at the movie theaters.

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Sukaina January 12, 2011 at 8:04 am

What a fantastic story…..and you got a great recipe out of it too!

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Paula - bell'alimento January 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

I think this could be the beginning of a new snack addiction…and it’s all your fault ; )

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Liz the Chef January 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm

We have to compare toffee recipes! Hope you and your family are fully recovered from holiday “bugs” – lovely post!

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Darla @ Bakingdom January 13, 2011 at 4:52 am

Love your story! Thanks for sharing! I love new ways to change up Chex Mix, and I can never resist the sweet and salty combo! Can’t wait to try it! Thank you…and thanks Erin!

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Lauren from Lauren's Latest January 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

What a small world! I’ll have to check that place out next time I drive through Utah!

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Budget Gourmet Mom January 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

I LOVE this story! We will have to check out that cute little restaurant soon! Hope you are all feeling better! Miss you!

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Lori @ RecipeGirl February 4, 2011 at 8:30 am

I spy bugles… my downfall. This looks awesome!

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Tracy February 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

That’s so funny – small world! This snack looks fantastic!

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Maria February 4, 2011 at 9:40 am

I have been there:) Great story! Love the Chex Mix:)

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doughmesstic February 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

What a bunch of WILD coincidences!! That, and this looks fantastic. Can’t wait to try it!

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Jeanie February 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm

What do you think about using different kinds of furikake? I use the yasai one all the time for rice but I’m not sure about how it would work with this dish.. but I’m curious!

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Cookin' Canuck February 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm

What a fun story! I absolutely adore Food for Thought. Not only is the atmosphere cozy, but the soups and salads always hit the spot. I will have to try this recipe!

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