Homemade Candy Sushi

My daughter will not go to certain food stores solely based on smell. She refuses to walk into the celebrated market Zabar’s—a must-see stop for many NYC tourist buses—due to the overwhelming “stench” from the myriad olives lining the entry way.  If olives rub her the wrong way, you can just imagine sushi’s negative impact. Between the potential “fishy” smell and the fact that sushi is actually raw fish, I surrendered before I even tried to get my kids to try sushi.

But, this weekend, we found ourselves passing the time in the late afternoon making homemade sushi.  Yup, we made temaki and maki rolls and had a blast!  If you’re scratching your head wondering how on earth I talked my kids into making sushi when everything about it seems disgusting, I should confess.  We made CANDY SUSHI!

If you’ve never tried this activity (with or without kids—it’s THAT much fun), it’s worth a quick trip to the grocery store.  All you need are marshmallows, rice krispies, butter, Swedish fish, gumi worms and fruit roll ups.

Candy sushi ingredients

Next step, making the rice base to the sushi, which is essentially making rice krispie treats.  Once you’ve melted your butter and marshmallows and combined your rice krispies and made your bars, the rest is up to you.

Marshmallows and butter melting on stove top

Melted marshmallows and butter

Melted marshmallows. butter and Rice Krispy mixtures

Completed Rice Krispies treat aka: “sushi rice”

With the fruit roll ups as your “seaweed”, the Swedish fish as your “raw fish,” you can make many different types of rolls that are as colorful to look at as they are to eat.  We had a blast.                                                                                                       Our version of a “Temaki roll

Our version of a “maki roll”

The only problem with making candy sushi is the stomach ache that ensues if you eat too much “raw fish.”  I must’ve had 5-6 different rolls, as did my kids.  They’re super sweet and fruity and somehow, eating rice krispie treat sushi felt much more decadent than eating pure Rice Krispies treats…

But, if you must know, the entire afternoon was very orchestrated.  Now that my kids are comfy eating “sushi,” I figured we’d step it up a notch and attempt the real thing.

I’m now ready to take them to a sushi restaurant.  But, are they ready to try?

Stay tuned…

And, enjoy!


  1. Visiting from Nap Time Creations
    This looks like so much fun. love the candy sushi “rice.” ha!

  2. So cute! That’s probably the only way mine would eat sushi too! Thanks for sharing with Made From Scratch Tuesday!

  3. What an incredibly creative idea! I love it!

  4. Visiting from It’s a Hodgepodge Life … love this idea. I actually love sushi but developed an allergy to all things seafood while pregnant to my daughter. Sad sad day for me … now I can enjoy sushi again this way! Thanks for posting!

  5. I’ve made these before, but I didn’t use Swedish Fish, I like the addition of the fish to it. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you there next week!

  6. These are FUN! I bet my son would love them. Thanks so much for sharing your fun at Scrumptious Sunday!

  7. kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    these are so much fun – we may even try these this week! thanks for linking with KIK

  8. how cute 🙂 Love this idea!
    Thank you for linking up on Successful Saturdays!

  9. kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    totally fun! happy to have you back at KIK again 😉 love this!

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