Ramblings of a small town girl living in suburbia
My nephew Little D is quite the fisherman. Fishing at the lake, the creek, the river, the reservoir – he’s all over it! So when my little sister asked me to make a cute treat for his fishing themed 7th birthday party, I went into full-on Pinterest obsession mode. When I came across these cute rice krispy sushi at Simple Nests, I was sold!
Gather your supplies:
- Rice Krispies or other similar rice cereal
- Fruit by the Foot
- Swedish fish
Make your rice krispy treats (I just used the tried-and-true recipe on the back of the box: http://tinyurl.com/ricekrispysushi):
Press out to about an inch thick and let cool. Try to keep tiny fingers from pilfering little pieces.
Measure your Swedish fish out on top of your treats and cut your treats into roughly the same size rectangles. It doesn’t have to be perfect! I know the treats below look much bigger than the fish, but I ended up making them a bit smaller than this. You’ll find what works for you and will be forming them into balls in the next step anyway.
Using your hands, form each square into oval balls, similar to the nigiri you get at your favorite sushi restaurant (We’ve yet to find killer sushi in our new town, sigh….we are so spoiled coming from the SF Bay Area!). This is a good job for little hands, too.
Have your little helpers put a Swedish fish on top of each “rice” ball.
While they’re keeping busy with that, cut your fruit by the foot and wrap one around each treat. It should wrap all the way around the rice krispy treat & the fish and overlap itself a little. If you’d like, you could use some sort of a frosting to stick the fish to the treat, but I found it unnecessary because everything is so sticky on its own.
Voila! You have rice krispy sushi!
At this point you have a decision about how to display and serve them. You can stop here and leave them as nigiri – super cute!
Since Little D’s party was at a lake, I chose to stick them on a lollipop stick for easier transport and display outside – a good call since it was RAINING that day!
(Yes, that’s a little glimpse of my rain jacket in the bottom left corner!)
For this option you will need:
- Lollipop sticks
- Cellophane treat bags & ties
- Sand bucket
- Floral foam
- Paper or cellophane topper
- Bobbers or other fishing themed decorations
I put a piece of floral foam in a sand bucket and stuck in the sushi pops. (Note: I found that I needed to squish the sushi around the stick a little extra to make sure that they stuck well, and you’ll also need to be careful to pull them out of the foam by the stick, not the treat itself.) I topped it with blue shredded basket topping and layered in a few toy bobbers.
I got my sticks and baggies at JoAnn’s, but I’ve also seen them at Safeway, and I bet even Target has them. All the other stuff I found at the dollar store.
And there you have it, one satisfied seven year old! I have to say, I was surprised – these were as delicious as they are cute. There was something about mixing the rice krispy treat, Swedish fish, and fruit roll up together that totally worked. VERY sweet, but they are delicious!