Baking with Kids: Candy Sushi

Want a fun activity to enjoy with your kids? How about an activity that will teach them some valuable cooking skills? Try baking. Kids love to eat desserts and baking is similar to making crafts, except in the end you get to eat the finished product. There are many sweets to choose from such as easy to make cookies, cupcakes, but today we will try something that will really get our kids' creative juices flowing: candy sushi.

It really looks a lot like the real thing and that's what kids love: playing make believe. Just like playing "house" they can pretend to make actual sushi rolls. They'll want to take the candy sushi to their teachers. They'll want to show it off to grandma and grandpa. They'll call their aunts and uncles and broadcast to the world about their "master piece". This will start a string of other desserts they'll want to make with mom or dad, giving you more fun times to spend with your kids. And let's face it.

Isn't it getting harder to find new activities to do at home with the kids?

As our kids get older they easily get drawn to play with all the high-tech games and devices that are available now. Cooking with kids will open the doors to more face-to-face, human interactive projects.

So what exactly is candy sushi?

It's a combination of rice crispy treats that represent the real rice, gummy worms (you could also add red string licorice) to represent the fish, and all wrapped in a fruit roll up (or fruit leather) which represents the seaweed. It is the candy equivalent of makizushi rolls.

How do you make it?

The technique of making candy sushi is not complex. There are only a few ingredients and no baking involved. Just a little prep work, mixing melted butter and marshmallows with crisped rice cereal, adding some gummy worms, making some rolls and wrapping them in fruit roll up. Sushi candy rolls are colorful, fun to make for your kids and the taste is addictive. Remember to take lots of pictures to send to friends and family.

Don't refrigerate for too long or the gummy worms and fruit leather will become hard. Give them away as gifts or eat them yourself. You can place them on a decorative Japanese dish. And for added taste set aside some chocolate dipping sauce to represent soy sauce. You and the kids can pretend you're out eating the real thing in a sushi bar.


Cooking with kids is a fun, creative activity in which the parent and child can interact together and produce a tasty treat. Candy sushi makes great homemade gifts for grandparents, teachers and more, and will make those you care about feel special.

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