Appreciation for Japanese food creativity is not only limited to adults. Kids can also enjoy Japanese sushi without having to eat raw fish or hot wasabi. Using candy and crispy rice cereal, you can make kid-friendly sushi-like treats at home. This recipe is easy to follow and will surely be a hit when served during Japanese-themed parties.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal
  • Baking sheet
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Flat fruit candy
  • Gummy worms
  • Dried mangoes
  • Fish-shaped gummies
  • Brown sugar

Steps on how to make the rice base:

  1. Heat butter on low flame and add marshmallows until melted. You may also use a microwave, making sure to stir every 30 seconds.
  2. Remove from flame and add the rice cereal. Mix until the crispy rice is fully coated.
  3. Flatten out the sticky rice cereal on a baking sheet. An easy technique is to place another baking sheet on top and use a rolling pin while the mixture is still hot. This will be the rice base.

California Maki

  • Just like making real sushi, place your candy ingredients like gummy worms and dried mangoes horizontally on one end of the cereal bed; then roll up the whole thing starting on that end.
  • Cut off any excess rice cereal and roll your sushi log some more to keep the fillings in place.
  • Slice the log and wrap the individual pieces with green flat fruit candy (mock up Nori) or lightly roll them on brown sugar (choose big crystal brown sugar to imitate Tobiko).


  • Cut some rice cereal into squares.
  • To make a tuna nigiri, place a gummy fish on top of each square and “tie” it up using a thin strip of flat fruit candy.
  • To make a tamago (egg) nigiri, place a square piece of dried mango on top of each square and “tie” it up with a thin strip of flat fruit candy.


  • Cut some rice cereal into triangles.
  • Wrap the bottom with a rectangular strip of flat fruit candy.

Be creative and use other sweets that resemble real sushi ingredients. For a more realistic touch, serve your sushi creations on a Japanese square plate with chopsticks. Add some green marzipan for wasabi and chocolate syrup for soy sauce. You will surely become popular with the kids for this sweet treat!