How to Make Candy Sushi (Fun Party Food!)

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Your guests will do a double take when you tell them what this "sushi" is made of because there's no fish in sight. Instead, three kinds of candy sushi come together in just a few simple steps, starting with basic rice cereal treats.

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To make the entire platter above, you'll need the following ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 ounces marshmallows (miniature or regular size)
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Gummy worms
  • Swedish fish
  • Fruit strips such as Fruit by the Foot
  • Licorice
  • Assorted gummy fruit candies
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Step 1: Prep the Rice Cereal Treats

In a very large mixing bowl, combine butter and marshmallows. Microwave for 2 minutes until the marshmallows are fluffy and melted. Immediately add rice cereal and mix.

Butter a small casserole dish (9x9 inches is perfect) and press half of your rice and marshmallow mixture into a square, about 2 inches thick.

Reserve the other half of your rice and marshmallow mixture in the bowl.

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Tip

  • This mixture will be very sticky. Spray your hands with non-stick oil and the rice will be easier to work with.

Step 2: How to Make "Hosomaki" Candy Sushi Rolls

Start with a sheet of waxed paper. Flatten out a handful of the rice and marshmallow mixture from the bowl and line up 3 gummy worms on one side.

Tip

  • Hosomaki is generally a sushi roll wrapped in seaweed on the outside.

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Use the wax paper to guide the rice up and over the gummy worms.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, Founder of Foodlets.com)

Press down with both of your hands as you roll, slowly and carefully.

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Peel back the wax paper and use your fingertips to press together any part of the roll with gaps.

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Slide your fruit strips underneath the roll and wrap it around one end.

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Slice the end of your roll, just at the edge of the fruit strip.

Tip

  • A serrated knife works best for slicing.

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Cut or tear off the end of your fruit strip.

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To add "roe," dice up a gummy fruit.

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Roll the candy pieces in your fingers and add to the top.

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(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, Founder of Foodlets.com)

Step 3: How to Make "Futomaki" Large Candy Sushi Rolls

Remove the rice and marshmallow mixture from the 9x9 pan, setting it on a sheet of wax paper. Use a knife to cut a strip about 3 inches by 1 1/2 inches.

Roll a Swedish fish into the rice, using the wax paper as a guide.

Tip

  • Futomaki is literally translated to "fat rolled sushi".

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The fish should be poking up at the top. Use your fingers to press the edges together so they stick firmly.

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Wrap a fruit strip around the whole roll and cut or tear off the excess.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, Founder of Foodlets.com)
(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, Founder of Foodlets.com)

Step 4: How to Make Candy Nigiri

Using the flattened rice and marshmallow mixture from the pan, measure a piece about as big as one Swedish fish and cut. Then trim corners to follow the shape of the fish.

Tip

  • Nigiri usually refers to a piece of raw fish served over a small mound of rice.

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Wrap with a fruit strip, and either cut or tear the excess.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, Founder of Foodlets.com)
(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, Founder of Foodlets.com)

This dessert also doubles as an activity: Set out all the ingredients and let guests make their own!

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