Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn

I only see Jee in person a few times a year. But! We chat daily, mostly about what we’re eating, what we’re going to eat, what we feel like eating, and what we made for dinner. Our chats get really interesting when I’m home in Hawaii for long periods of time…that’s when I realize all the local foods/snacks we eat are not at all common or regular. Like hurricane popcorn!

What’s Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn?

Jee: What’s hurricane popcorn. And don’t be like, “you don’t know about hurricane popcorn?!”
Kathy: Wait. You really don’t know what hurricane popcorn is???
Jee: No
Kathy: Omg
Jee: Omg

And so, this post is for you, Jee!

It’s not complicated. It’s just popcorn, hot and fresh. Tossed with melted butter. And lots of furikake (aka mochi crunch). And kakimochi!

It looks like a hurricane. A Hawaiian hurricane heheh. There’s no real recipe to this. Add more or less of what you like. I love it with a TON of furikake. I want every popcorn piece covered in furikake. But the thing is, most people don’t make this “from scratch.” Usually go you one of two ways…

Where to Get Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn

Method One. Buy it from Carousel Candyland in Kahala Mall. They make the best hurricane popcorn on Oahu (it’s listed on the popcorn menu as, “Furikake – Mochi Crunch Popcorn”). They also make a bunch of other flavors, but it’s the hurricane popcorn that you want. I usually get the medium bag which I demolish for lunch. It keeps for 2-3 days but you’ll finish it sooner than that. I love how they use heart-shaped kakimochi!

Method Two. Get the Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn mix. This is the most popular brand (can find at all the supermarkets and even Costco). It’s a super easy DIY mix with everything you need.

Other notes:

  • If you make it at home, get the Tomoe Arare kakimochi. For some reason their kakimochi is shinier and smoother than the other brands. You want this look/texture for your hurricane popcorn.
  • Some people like to add a splash of shoyu/soy sauce to their melted butter. Give it a try and compare!

If you must have a recipe, here’s how it goes:

Recipe: Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn

Pop the popcorn however you please (microwave pack, over the stove, etc). Pour out into a big bowl and drizzle the melted butter all over. Sprinkle the furikake (as much or as little as you like!), while stirring/shaking the popcorn around. Add the kakimochi and give it one more mix around.

Ok, go enjoy ^-^

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