You will certainly find more professional-looking candy sushi out there, but who cares?! I was pretty pleased with how easily this came together. I made it for a 1st birthday pool party because pool party=swimming=fish=sushi? It made sense to me. Also, I was looking for something fun and egg-free (just make sure to check your labels to ensure that the gummy stuff is clear of eggs).
Unfortunately, I had grand plans for a time-lapse video to help with the how-to, but I CAN'T KEEP CANDY IN MY HOUSE. Lesson learned. I took photos of the ingredients and immediately ate them.
The difficulty of self-control around candy notwithstanding, I highly recommend making these for your next kids' party. It's easy, cheap, and a serious show stopper.
3 Tbsp butter
6 cups Rice Krispies
10 oz large marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows
Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the marshmallows and melt, stirring frequently. When the marshmallows have mostly lost their shape, add Rice Krispies and stir to coat. Let cool until the mixture can be handled.
Coconut oil spray
For the rolls: Lay a square of plastic wrap on a clean countertop and spray with coconut oil. Wet your hands and place a handful of the rice krispy/marshmallow/butter mixture on the plastic, patting it down into a thin layer. Unwrap and place a fruit roll onto the cereal layer (reverse these steps for an inside-out roll). Lay three Twizzlers or Red Vines in the middle and using the plastic wrap and wet hands, make a roll out of the three layers, really squishing the ingredients together. Using a very sharp knife, cut the roll into five pieces, reshaping as needed. For the "inside out" pieces, roll the cut pieces in 2-3 Tbsp of orange sanding sugar.
For the hand rolls: Lay a square of plastic wrap on a clean countertop and spray with coconut oil. Unwrap and place a fruit roll on the plastic. With wet hands, shape a large handful of the cereal mixture into a log and place in the middle of the fruit roll (these particular fruit roll-ups are round when unrolled, which is easier than the square variety). Wrap the fruit roll over the log of cereal mixture and side of fruit roll together with some water. Cut the entire thing in half shape with wet hands, as needed. Add red Mike n' Ikes.
For the pieces: Unroll a fruit roll and cut into 1/2 inch strips with the pizza cutter. With wet hands, roll a small handful cereal mixture into a ball and squish into more of a rectangle. Wrap a strip of fruit roll around the whole Swedish fish/cereal combo and secure the ends of the fruit roll strip with a few drops of water.
For the roe pieces: Unroll a fruit roll and cut into slightly thicker strips with the pizza cutter. With wet hands, roll a small handful cereal mixture into a ball and squish into more of a rectangle. Wrap a strip of fruit roll around the outside of the cereal mixture and secure the ends of the strip with a few drips of water. Let dry for a few minutes. Pick up the entire piece and dip the top into 2-3 Tbsp of orange sanding sugar.
For the "sashimi": Using your sharpest knife, slice one of the gummy sharks into 5-6 pieces. Place on top of a log of the cereal mixture.
And voila! Candy sushi. I can't wait to do this with M when he gets older.