Snack Time: Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn Recipe

Are you ready for some foootbaaaaall?

The superbowl is this weekend and I am so stinking excited to watch my beloved San Francisco 49ers play! And whether you’ll be rooting for my team (you really should) or not, I thought I’d share just one of the easy, delicious snacks my family likes to oink out on when we’re watching a game (or not): Hurricane Popcorn.

Snack Time - Hurricane Popcorn Recipe 1

If you’re not familiar with hurricane popcorn, you can boil it down to this: popcorn with a Hawaiian Island flare. It’s buttery popcorn, sprinkled with furikake (a dried nori seaweed, salt and sesame seed mixture – you see it at Japanese restaurants sprinkled over rice) with Japanese rice crackers (called Arare) mixed in.

The very first time I had it was years and years and years ago, waiting for the Fourth of July firework show at Ala Moana beach. My cousin brought bags of it for us to eat during the show. Let me just say, after my first bite, I didn’t care about no stinkin’ fireworks – I was hooked! And since that time, it’s been my mission to hook other people in, too.

How To Make Hurricane Popcorn

Hurricane Popcorn Recipe Ingredients

  • 5 cups popped popcorn (one bag of microwavable popcorn or ½ cup popcorn kernels if you pop your own)
  • 1 – 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter (just enough to make the furikake stick to the popcorn)
  • 1/4 cup Furikake
  • 1 cup of Arare

Note: You can find furikake and arare at most Asian markets, but I’ve also seen them at some grocery chains in the Asian section. Here’s what they look like for the most part:

Furikake and Arare


  1. Pop the popcorn
  2. Pour the popcorn into a bowl or a bag. Make sure the bowl or bag is large enough to pour everything into for a good toss or shake. Note: I personally prefer the bag method. If you go the bag route, I suggest using one of those turkey roaster bags, but any bag that won’t melt against hot butter and popcorn will work
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave – about 30 seconds
  4. Slowly drizzle the melted butter onto the popcorn. Note: shake/toss it between drizzles – you want to coat the popcorn as evenly as possible
  5. Sprinkle in the furikake and shake/toss to coat all the popcorn kernels
  6. Add the arare to the mix for one final shake
  7. Pour it in a serving bowl and enjoy!

Oh, and once you have your first bite, try to remember to share.


If you try this recipe, come back and let me know how you liked it!

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8 comments Add yours
  1. I've never heard of that but you have me craving some big time. I'm gonna look in my grocery store for those Asian blends. There's one store that is really stocked well with lots of unique finds, so I might see it! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Yum and More YUM. We make popcorn mixed with white chocolate and things. Call it White Trash, which offends most of my neighbors :)

  3. GO NINERS!!! I'm a Carolina fan so I initially wanted Denver to get there (John Fox, Carolina's old coach is there) but now that the niners are in I'm totally rooting for them. Thank God it's not Atlanta vs. New England. I likely wouldn't be watching. The popcorn looks delish!

    1. If the Niners weren’t in the Super Bowl *I* wouldn’t be watching the game either! I’d maybe ask who was winning every now and again, but my family hasn’t had to care about a SB in nineteen years – unless someone happened to buy some squares! Ha! ;-)

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