I've made dessert sushi with fruit and coconut sticky rice before, but since it was the niece's first birthday party, I wanted to make some desserts for the little kids. Remembering Lan of Angry Asian Creations' candy sushi, I figured this was perfect for a kid party, even though most of them were too little to really appreciate the humor in this. Oh well, they enjoyed eating the regular Rice Krispies treats that were leftover.
The Hello Kitty cake pops had turned into such a laborious task that at 3:45 a.m., I decided I wanted to have at least one item for the party finished before I went to bed. The Rice Krispies treats had been made hours before and had cooled down by then. So it was a simple matter of cutting and assembling. Done in about 15 minutes.
First party item checked off.
Dessert Sushi with Swedish Fish Candy and Rice Krispies Treats
Adapted from Lan of Angry Asian Creations' candy sushi
For about two dozen candy sushi, you'll need:
Rice Krispies treats, loosely packed
1 package Swedish Fish candy
1 package Fruit Roll-ups or Fruit by the Foot or similar candy
Cake frosting or icing sugar to seal
When you make the Rice Krispies treats, make sure it's not too firmly packed. So just lightly press flat, which is how I prefer it anyway, but so that the Rice Krispies will be more like loosely-packed sushi rice. Make this at least half an hour ahead of time so it will have cooled down by the time you're ready to assemble the candy sushi.
Swedish Fish and Rip Rolls candy.
Cut the Rice Krispies treats to fit the Swedish Fish. The Rip Rolls were too wide and obscured most of the fish when I wrapped it, so I cut it in half lengthwise to fit.
I used a small dot of leftover cake frosting from the Hello Kitty cake pops to seal the fruit wrap, but if you don't have any on hand, a simple slurry of powdered sugar and water should do the trick.
I used up all the Swedish Fish I had in the bag, which only made about two dozen. Then I just cut up the rest of the Rice Krispies treats as normal and served those plain.
Plate them like sushi for a fun effect.
But at this point, it was past 4 a.m. and I was beat. I had to work early the next day and I still had three other desserts to prepare afterward. So after a few snaps, these were boxed up to-go.
Who else made candy sushi?
Lan of Angry Asian Creations inspired mine and she also made candy sushi rolls.
Other recipes at my niece's first birthday party:
Banh Bo Khoai Tim (Vietnamese Steamed Rice Cakes with Purple Sweet Potatoes)
Chocolate Pop Rocks
Hello Kitty Cake Pops
1 year ago today, Canh Cu Sen (Vietnamese Lotus Root Soup).
2 years ago today, Ca Chien Sot Ca Chua (Vietnamese Fried Fish with Tomato Sauce).
3 years ago today, Nachos, Texas-style.
4 years ago today, I fell in love with the color of my Blood Orange Grapefruit Juice. Everyone else fell in love with my Hello Kitty juicer. :)