Recipes from the Road: Hurricane Popcorn
Hurricane Popcorn first got its start from a popcorn pushcart in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The owners specialized in mixing all sorts of unusual to popcorn ingredients like seasoned seaweed and rice crackers into their popcorn mixes. With customers traveling from all over the island of Oahu to get a taste of Hurricane Popcorn, the little pushcart soon grew to serve all of the Hawaiian Islands and eventually, beyond.
The Hawaiian Popcorn Company now offers pre-made bags of Hurricane Popcorn, as well as easy to make mix sets. We were introduced to Hurricane Popcorn in this way on one of our many trips to Hawaii. Once we learned how to make it ourselves, it became our preferred method for enjoying this ridiculously addictive island snack.
If you’re unfamiliar with Hurricane Popcorn, it is basically popcorn with a Hawaiian twist. Buttered popcorn, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds, crisp bits of roasted seaweed, and mochi crunch (Asian rice crackers) mixed in.
Finding Hurricane Popcorn
The very first time we had it we grabbed a bag of it at the store not having any idea what it was or what we were getting ourselves into. When we got back to our timeshare, we opened up a bag along with a couple Aloha Maid juices. After our first bites, we were hooked! We stood there at the counter and ate the whole bag between the two of us. I knew right there, I would have to find the recipe to make my own Hurricane Popcorn back home on the mainland.
Furikake (pronounced foo-ree-CAH-kay), is Japanese rice seasoning. You can pick it up at all Asian Markets and in the Asian aisle of most grocery stores. For the best flavor for your Hurricane Popcorn, pick up nori furikake made of sesame seeds, nori (roasted seaweed), salt, and sugar. Make sure to check the ingredients to get a brand without MSG.
For this recipe, I do not recommend commercial microwave popcorn. It’s usually pre-flavored, and makes your Hurricane Popcorn not taste right. Plus, you need to use real butter in the recipe to make the furikake stick to the popcorn. If you do not have an air popper or know how to make popcorn on the stove, you can easily make your own microwave popcorn in a brown paper bag.
Hurricane Popcorn Recipe
8 cups popped popcorn
2 Tbsp cup real melted butter (Use unsalted butter if you don’t like it salty.)
1/8 tsp Shoyu (soy sauce)
2 Tbsp Nori Furikake
1/2 cup of Mochi Crunch
Plastic mixing bag (Turkey roasting bags work great for this.)
- Pop popcorn.
- Melt butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
- Mix shoyu into melted butter.
- Add popcorn to bag large enough to hold all ingredients.
- Slowly drizzle about half of the melted butter onto the popcorn. Close up bag and give popcorn a shake. Drizzle the rest of the butter on the popcorn and shake, again. You want to try to coat the popcorn as evenly as possible.
- Sprinkle in the furikake and shake to coat all of the popcorn.
- Add the mochi crunch to the mix for one last vigorous shake.
- Pour Hurricane Popcorn into a large bowl.
- Top with an additional sprinkle of furikake.
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