Introduction: Candy Sushi

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Here are a set of instructions for making a particular kind of Candy Sushi. I've seen other versions that use hostess products (think twinkie) floating around on the internet. Since I can't stand that sort of food (and I want to be able to eat my creation) I came up with this rice-cereal-and-candy version.

Step 1: Ingredients

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Things You Will Need:

Puffed Rice Cereal (ie. Rice Krispies)
(I'm sure the store brand will work fine.)

(One 1 lb bag of marshmallows should be more than enough.)

(I bought a pound of butter but didn't use anywhere near that much. You're going to be using the basic rice cereal treat recipe that can be found on marshmallow bags. Go with whatever that recipe asks for.)

Flat "Rollup" Candy (ie. Fruit Roll-Ups)
(Again, store brand is probably a-ok. At first I tried really hard to find roll-ups that were just green, so that they looked the most like real sushi. This turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it would be, so I ended up using lots of different colors. In the end, I was really happy with the rainbow of sushi I ended up with, because it emphasized the fact that these were candy while still looking a lot like sushi. You may want to be more realistic than me.)

Gummi Worms, Fruits, & Fish
(I tried several kinds of gummi candies for this. Haribo's Clown Fish worked the best, sticking to everything really well. Oversized Swedish Fish didn't work so well. Gummi worms worked well for the insides of the maki. In the future I hope to make more outrageous candy sushi featuring gummy octopi, squid, and other strange gummy candies. Haribo is really good for this.)

Note: no cat necessary for this project.

Step 2: Making Rice Filling and Patties

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First, make rice crispie treats according to package directions (these instructions can usually be found on marshmallow or rice cereal packaging).

Then arrange your workspace with a large try (such as a cutting board), your bowl of cereal treat mix, and a bowl of water.

During this whole stage, you want to keep your hands (particularly fingers) constantly moist. The rice cereal is VERY sticky and hard to mold unless you keep this in mind. You don't want your hands too wet, but definitely not too dry either.

Now take about half of the mix and divide it into three sections. Take one section and flatten it out into a long rectangle. Lay gummi worms along the middle of the rectangle. Carefully roll the rectangle up around the worms to create a tube. This is the main part of our maki.

Take the other half of the mix and form it into little oval-shaped patties. These will be the bases for our individual pieces.

In the picture you can see three tubes of rice cereal mix and gummy worms next to nine rice patties.

Clear room in your fridge and put the whole tray inside. You'll need to keep these guys cool while you decorate them individually.

Step 3: Decorating Pieces

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Lay out two full sheets of fruit roll-up candy and any fish that you are planning to use for the individual pieces.

Cut the fruit roll-ups into about half inch strips.

(Pull your rice patties one-by-one from the fridge for these next steps and then replace them when finished.)

Smoosh a single fish gummy onto a rice patty. The stickiness of the rice cereal mix should hold it relatively well. Now take a strip of fruit roll-up and wrap around the fish-cereal creation. Press the roll-up firmly against the rice cereal in particular so that it sticks well.

Step 4: Decorating Maki

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After you've finished decorating all the individual pieces, it's time to move onto the maki rolls. (I recommend doing these after the pieces because it gives the rolls time to firm up in the fridge.)

Lay out more fruit roll-up sheets. Cut each sheet into approximately 1 inch sections.

Take a single roll out of the fridge. Slice into about 1 inch sections with a knife (I found serrated worked best).

Wrap the fruit roll-up around the maki pieces, making sure to press it into the rice cereal so that it sticks well.

You may want to straighten the ends of the rolls by chopping off the excess.


CotR made it! (author)2014-07-07

I made this, and had some comments I wanted to share on it:

My friends and I didn't like the taste that the gummy worms gave to the sushi, so I tried with two types of twizzlers. regular twizzlers tasted even grosser, but I found some fruit-flavored twizzlers that went very nice with the taste of the fruit-by-the-foot that I used for the wrapping. I think it's best to experiment until you find a combination of flavors that works well for you.

Despite that, these were very fun to make, and I thoroughly enjoyed making them. they're not too expensive and don't take too much work, and you can be as creative as you want, so long as you can think of and find new things to put in them, so thanks for your instructable! (Picture attached is the first batch I made with the gummy worms, after they had been sampled a bit :p )

foggyshrugs (author)2013-11-13

this is perfect!!!!!!!!! I love this it even tasts soooooooooooo. gooood. I am using this for my friends birthdays

eaolsen (author)2011-11-16

Great Idea- I'm going to try it for sure!

cx420ns (author)2009-05-08

this is such a good idea! rice krispie onigiri would be the next logical step =]

Pyxidragon (author)cx420ns2010-07-02

I hadn't thought about rice crispie onigiris.... I'll 'ible it if they come out looking good.

Draconian1 (author)Pyxidragon2011-10-17

That would be really cool

Pizzapie500 (author)2011-05-12

Woot! We did this at school a few weeks ago (last week?)! It was cool, but we were only allowed to eat 2 =(

JustDaveN (author)2010-11-28

This is cool, I have been doing it for years, and there are some easy variations.

1. I have used pre-made Rice crispy treats when in a rush
2. With the premade ones, the chocolate ones can be used for something special
3. Use sour worms and wraps for folks who like sweet and sour
4. licorice strands work too, including chocolate and strawberry ones for the chocolate rice crispies...


anibioman (author)2010-10-27

this is awesome im going to make it for my friend who loves sushi and sugar

miseleigh (author)2009-05-21

That's awesome. I'd to serve them with Pocky 'chopsticks' and maybe a lightweight brown frosting 'soy sauce' :) Candied ginger instead of pickled ginger?

firefliie (author)miseleigh2009-05-24

the pocky thing is genius, but if u live in usa i would recommend cereal straws, like fruit loops and cocoa pebbles

carpfluff (author)firefliie2010-04-10

i live in FL, and they have pocky in Wal- Mart. delicious.

firefliie (author)carpfluff2010-10-08

well, i generally live in the middle of nowhere, iowa, and the nearest place to buy pocky is maybe 2 and a half hours away.

carpfluff (author)firefliie2010-10-08

I am sorry for you. Pocky should be available everywhere. It needs to be.

firefliie (author)carpfluff2010-10-09


bluesquirrel (author)firefliie2010-02-17

You can find Pocky just as easily in the USA; I bought it at the Wal-Mart nearby all the time. In Ohio :D  But the different flavors of cereal straws could be interesting, as well....

Tacky183 (author)miseleigh2010-05-30

Candied sweet ginger would be good, or for the girly touch use ginger flowers, dandelion flowers, chrysanthemums.                              
or use some of these. Im 15 and i want to be a chef and i regular use flowers and herb flower in cooking to explore different areas, just follow common sense and garnish with flair.

Rubber Duck (author)2009-07-08

Those look good! I have never had real sushi, I'm not a fish fan, but CANDY sushi, thats another story 'nom nom'!

carpfluff (author)Rubber Duck2010-10-08

I'm allergic to fish. And yes, candy sushi is THE BOMB!

SpiroExDeus (author)Rubber Duck2010-07-29

I too am (or was) not a fish fan but sushi is the name of the rice and it's perfectly acceptable to have sushi with no fish in. Which is how I came to try it and find that, bizarrely, I love the fish stuff as well. Give sushi a try - you may never like the fish stuff but there's plenty of other stuff (my local supermarket does a little sushi snack pack for £1 that uses tuna on some and peppers in others and I have to say the red and green pepper sushi wrapped in nori is one of my favourites).

lolcat360 (author)Rubber Duck2010-01-30

real sushi is good... i like summer rolls

sparkplugs (author)2010-08-20


TechNerd1012 (author)2010-02-17

I would recommend rubbing your hands with butter, it works VERY well for keeping the rice treast off your hands

good instructable btw

arsyparsy (author)2009-09-12

yummy!!!!!!!!!!! :D

RainbowGlowstix (author)2009-08-08

Eww, xD haha.

cplaine (author)2009-06-25

I have a friend who is a sushi freak, it's his favorite food. Now I can make him a new favorite dessert!

deactivated-000000 (author)2009-01-01

I would suggest using margarine instead of butter when making the rice krispie-mix.


cplaine (author)harkejuice2009-06-25

margarine doesn't brown as fast as butter, so you don't wind up with caramel-colored crispy rice filling. However, buy "hard" margarine, not the soft stuff, or your filling won't set properly

I don't really use margarine for anything.

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th31stacc (author)2009-06-08

it might be good with an inside out sushi roll with the fruit roll up in the middle or if you like sour...

theRIAA (author)2006-10-31

i dont think i could make those... i would run out of candy in step 3

Sylkhr (author)theRIAA2009-05-05

I'd run out in step 1..........

kleighj1 (author)2009-04-23

These are amazing! I've made them for family and got rave reviews. One suggestion though, try using "Fruit-by-the-Foot." It works wonderfully. They are the perfect width and it eliminates the cutting.

baneat (author)2009-04-03

OMG dericious!

LemonLily (author)2009-03-21

Wow! This is really creative! Thank you for sharing. Although I don't have the energy to clean up everything.

SoapyHollow (author)2009-02-12

So very fabulous!

hellokittylover (author)2009-01-07

thank you soooo much i have a project for my friends andi have to make candy sushi for them soo thank u soooooooooooooo much it helped me alot. :)

woofboy111 (author)2008-12-30

I went on a cruise on the Carnival Sensation last Summer. One day on one of the buffets, the featured dessert was sushi. They used both white and brown rice to make shaped rice cakes (what's the proper term?). Some of the rice had shapes stenciled on with melted chocolate, and were served just like that. Others were topped with fruit. The combinations that were good (and I took pictures of to remember) were rice topped with chocolate, watermelon, mint, and blackberries. Also brown rice topped with mangos, mint, strawberries, and blueberries, all topped with powdered sugar.

I have a picture up of the fruit sushi down towards the bottom of the page HERE.

I really have considered attempting to make dessert fruit sushi, but I always decide that it's just too fussy and too much work. One day I might...

caterinaxxluv (author)2008-12-30

you are like my new best friend for not only coming up with this recipe but being nice enough to take the time to put it up on this website :)

bllrmdncr (author)2008-11-17

I like using sour gummy worms and sour belts in the center as well, plus a variety of gummy fish and whatnot. I tried chocolate pieces the first time, and it was rather unpleasant to crunch in that hard candy shell. Gummy is the way to go! I saw this on rachel ray 2 years ago, and I have made it for 2 halloweens. HUGE hit! She did it just a tiny bit different. Lay out the fruit roll-up but do not take it off the plastic sheet. Make each roll like rolling real sushi - put the warm marshmallow treat material onto the roll-up, add your candy down the middle, and close the roll-up around the filling using the plastic like a bamboo mat to close the edges. Allow to cool before slicing the logs up. Use butter on your fingers to keep the marshmallow treat from sticking to you while you flatten and arrange it

bedbugg2 (author)2008-09-17

this is sick dude!

rediculosis (author)2008-08-24

Possibly Fruit By the Foot would eliminate the need of cutting? Bah, then there's the trouble of having that whole swirly seaweed color. Haha.

puffyfluff (author)2008-07-17

That's hilarious! I really like sushi, but this makes it better! 5/5, favorite!

Janie11 (author)2008-07-17

This totally reminded me of gilmore girls lol i think it is a really cool idea and i can't wait to try it!

nerdnurture (author)2008-05-29

this sounds great! I made fruit sushi like this for my sushi-loving 5 year old's birthday dinner. But I never thought of using rice krispy treats. We just made the regular sushi rice, but added a little extra sweet rice wine. We filled the rolls with cut frut. We used green apple fruit leather for the nori on the outside. Everyone loved it! I like your candy version, but maybe fruit is healthier. (-;

canida (author)2006-10-31

These are fabulous. Absolutely gross, but brilliant. I hope you're making some for a Halloween party...

Shifrin (author)canida2007-11-20

Lol caninda that is gross but yor dead mouse mouse is not lol

Very Keri (author)canida2007-08-23

Yess...these are gross...not your "mouse mouse" ! lol!

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