Today is my eldest daughter’s 6th Birthday (Happy Birthday Elise)! As a working mom, I always feel a little guilty that I don’t have the opportunity to participate in as many of the school functions as some of the other Moms and that we don’t always have the time to sit down and do crafts together. So, I figured a Birthday is the perfect excuse to sneak out of work a little early and plan a Birthday treat project that we can all have fun with. My daughter absolutely adores all things pastry related, this girl’s Hero is Chef Ron of Sweet Genius so I knew I had to bring some serious game. I started racking my brain a few weeks ago, trying to come up with something unique but doable (I’m not exactly Martha Stewart especially when it comes to things kitchen related). And then it dawned on me, when we went to Disney a few months back, the girls ordered dessert sushi at California Grill, they absolutely had a blast with the whole experience, squealing with delight when the trays arrived, using their chopsticks to pick the “rolls” up and dipping the “sushi” in the chocolate “soy sauce.” California Grill used fun stuff like gummy fish and other pieces of candy to create the sushi effect. Based on what I had seen at the California Grill, I figured I could handle this one. I googled dessert sushi and came up with some more ideas too. Due to time and resource constraints I wasn’t able to fully recreate the California Grill experience but we definitely got close enough and the girls had so much fun.
Here’s what you’ll need:
6 Cups of Rice Krispie Cereal
1 bag of marshmallows
4 Table Spoons or a 1/2 stick of butter
Optional items to use as “fish”
Jelly Beans (pushed into rolls these give the effect of Roe)
Tootsie Rolls (for the more adventurous these can be rolled out and formed into fish)
Pot (at least 4 inches deep)
Wax Paper or Cooking Sheet
Gloves or extra butter to use while forming the sushi
Sharp knife or kitchen scissors
1. Measure out the Rice cereal into a bowl
2. Begin heating the butter up over low/medium in a pot
3. Once the butter is melted add the marshmallows (you don’t want the Marshmallows to get too hot otherwise your treats will be rock hard so make sure you leave the temperature at low/medium and stir continuously, it only takes a few minutes for the marshmallows to melt).
4. When the marshmallows are almost completely melted pull the mixture off the stove (it may still appear a little lumpy that’s okay as long as the mix is 90% melted).
5. Add the Rice Krispies to the pot and stir
6. Once the treats are mixed and still a little warm you can start forming the “Sushi” I warmed a little tray of butter and applied the butter like hand lotion in between each “roll” to keep the treats from sticking to my hand. You could also use latex gloves but I found the butter worked great.
7. Form the treats into a quenelle (oblong shape kind of like a football shape) for the sashimi and round squat shape for the sushi rolls.
8. Once the treats are formed and cooling then prep your sushi
9. Begin cutting the fruit roll-ups into 3 long strips, these will be used to tie the sashimi and serve as the nori on the rolls and prepare your sushi (we placed all the goodies in cupcake wrappers so the girls could access them easily and things stayed relatively tidy ;)!)
10. Place the fish on the sashimi and tie in place with a strip of fruit roll up (this is surprisingly easy to do my now 6 year old was actually able to do this herself.) For the rolls just wrap the fruit roll up around and add any fish you would like.
11. For an extra wow factor you might consider either saving up take out sushi trays (or ask your local sushi place to let you buy some), add some formed Tootsie Roll ginger & wasabi (pink and green rolled/formed Tootsie Rolls) you can also use chocolate sauce for a dipping soy sauce (we didn’t have the time for which I’m sure my daughter’s teacher is grateful) and of course the kiddos will have a ball if you include chop sticks.
Overall the girls and I had a blast pulling this project together, they turned out super cute, maybe not California Grill fancy but still really adorable. I would rate this project a medium to low skill level with a very high fun and wow factor. My daughter’s teacher thought they were so cool she was running around showing them off this morning :)! A great reminder that even though I might not be able to be there for all of the mini-memories we can still make some pretty awesome memories with the time we do have!!
Do you have a great idea for a craft, please share below or let us know if you have any questions!!