Nothing makes me happier than to create recipes that use products that are made in Hawaii. Island Princess Hawaii Makani bars are made with mochi-pop which is caramel coated popcorn with Japanese rice crackers.
The bars are a cross between rice crispy treats and Hawaii’s hurricane popcorn… hence the name Makani (Windy) bars.
Island Princess Hawaii Mochi-Pop “Makani” Bars
- 6 bags Island Princess Hawaii mochi-pop
- 1 cup salted macadamia nuts chopped
- 1/4 cup furikake
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/8 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5-6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
- Toss together the mochi pop, macadamia nuts and half of the furikake in a large bowl; set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water and salt; bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Boil, without stirring, until the mixture reaches an amber color, about 8 to 12 minutes.
- Remove from heat and slowly pour in the heavy cream and butter (the mixture will bubble up and sputter). Immediately add the marshmallows and stir until melted.
- Pour the caramel over the popcorn mixture and quickly stir together with a rubber spatula until caramel is mixed into popcorn evenly.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared 9×13-inch pan. Spray a small piece of wax paper with nonstick cooking spray and use to press mixture firmly and evenly into pan.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes at 300 degrees. Remove from oven and sprinkle lightly with remaining furikake.
- Cool completely and then cut into bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.