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New Twist on an old Treat: Candy Sushi

This weekend we were feeling crafty in the kitchen and I'd like to share our results!

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I had seen "candy sushi" before but thought some of it was a little silly with twinkies or powdered doughnuts as the rice.  To me, it seemed perfectly clear that candy sushi should be made with rice Krispie treats.  From there I decided fruit leather and fruit roll-ups are the perfect substitute for the fish.  Andrew (4.5 yrs) had fun helping me "cut" the shapes with a pizza cutter and was good at helping pour when making the rice krispie treats.  So, without further ado, here is my "how to" make candy sushi:

Ingredients list:
Rice Krispies Cereal
4 cups (or 10 oz) marshmallows
3 tbsp butter
Variety of Fruit Rollups / Fruit leathers (For the nori or seaweed, I used the "mariani" brand fruit roll-ups which are located in the produce section, not the snack aisle.  Sour apple has that dark green color).

Tools list:
Pot and spoon for mixing Rice Krispie treats
Saran Wrap/cellophane
Sushi Mat
Pizza cutter
Spray Oil (helps when working with the rice krispie mix)

2040767575_7e6d7fe93b_m_2 1)  Start by unpacking the fruit bits and cutting them to the sizes you like with the rolling pizza cutter.  Rectangles for the nigiri toppers, long slices for stuffing the roll, strips for the outside of a roll, and 1/2" thick strips of the sour green apple to imitate the nori (Seaweed)
2)  Melt the butter and marshmallows in the pot and make a recipe of rice krispie treat per the recipe on the box of cereal
2041563442_8aea40e492_m_2 3)  While the butter and marshmallows are melting, lay out the cellophane on the sushi mat, and then arrange pieces of fruit leather for the outside of your roll.  This way it's ready for the warm rice krispie treat to be layered on top.
4)  After mixing the cereal into the melted marshmallow, you will need to work fast.  Using an oiled spoon and oiled hands (a light spray of olive oil should be fine), layer a thin (1/2-3/4") amount of rice krispie treat onto the prepped roll.  Flatten this (be brutal, it'll work into shape) and then place the thin strips of fruit inside.  Once it's ready, use the cellophane to roll it over, and then use the mat to tighten the roll down into shape.  One recipe of rice krispie treat will get you at least 2 rolls, and several nigiri too.
2040767407_eb677efe27_m_3 5)  Form the bases for the nigiri sushi.  Try to work while the rice krispie mix is still warm, using lightly oiled hands.  Kids can help with this part but be sure the mix isn't too hot to handle for them.  Work the treats into approx 1" X 2" ovals and set them aside to cool completely.  If you have any left form it into traditional rice krispie treats in a small dish.
2040768063_ea1a084e9b_m_3 6)  Now assemble your nigiri sushi by placing a rectangle of fruit leather on top, and wrapping with the nori (sour apple fruit rollup).  Store in sealed containers where possible.  They get really sticky and probably shouldn't be stored for more than a couple of days.  But who could resist eating them before then???

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Ohmigod! I love it!

wow! fantastic job!!

Wow...that is very cool. I don't know why I didn't think of this myself. Thanks for sharing!

Now this is the highest level of womanhood.

Oh my god...this has to be the cutest thing I've ever seen!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe -- I may just have to try it!

Shetha -- so creative! I can tell you poured your heart into this project. SUPER COOL, thanks for sharing.

It's absolutely brilliant and creative!

You should submit this to a magazine - it's stunning. Beautifully done.

Passing along some more creative holiday recipes from the executive chef at Baskin-Robbins (sounds like a dream job!): http://baskin-robbins.com/recipes/Holiday07/Default.aspx

So cool! What fun! Here are some other "sushi" ideas that look great too! There is even a video you can watch...(look for the candy sushi pic on the right side, click and watch) http://www.marthastewart.com/kids

that ROCKS!!! You are a genius! I love it!!!

My son will be so proud to take this idea nad make it for his Scouts Blue & Gold banquet...for the desserts. He ABSOLUTELY LOVES sushi, and this will be fun! We thought of adding candied fruit (like apricots, pineapple) and chocolate pieces or chocolate covered fruit sticks for the wraps ones, and cut pieces of gummy red/yellow/orange gummy worms for roe.

This is why I always keep a jumbo box of Rice Krispies in my pantry
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