DIY Candy Sushi Desserts – “Sashimi Over Rice”

One of my favorite things about running this blog, aside from getting to gush over gorgeous wedding and event inspiration that people submit, is getting to feature cool guest bloggers that can contribute things I’m simply not able to…such as delicious dessert DIY projects like today’s guest feature from Chef Ursula Rafer.

Ursula is a trained/certified artist, chef, yoga instructor and teacher (alright, I’m already impressed) who lives in Delray Beach, Florida with her husband Sheridan and lab Tommy. She was crazy enough to cater her own wedding (I’m wondering how that’s even possible) and loves DIY projects, painting, making fatty recipes healthy, brewing beer, gardening and creating fabulous events through her businesses. You can check her out online at and, see more of her recipes at or read her blog at

In the meantime, enjoy this awesomely fun guest candy sushi dessert tutorial…

I love sushi!  It looks beautiful, presents sophisticated, and reminds me of special dinners spent with my little sister Katlyn.  I understand, however that raw fish and masago are not everyone’s favorite… so when I am entertaining and I can’t bare to leave it out, I make candy sushi instead!  (Actually, granola bars and other healthy but tasty goodies are used.)

Candy sushi is simple enough for kids to make and fancy enough to impress all your guests!  It is perfect for any occasion and the talk of every dessert table I’ve ever done.

Plus, it can be made a day or two ahead if needed. (Love planning ahead!)

Here is a step by step guide to candy sashimi over rice…


  • 1 box of chewy protein bars — I love Bunny Bars and Think Thin because they taste amazing and are low calorie, which means we can eat more ;)
  • 1 box of fruit leather or strips — Dark fruit makes the seaweed look more realistic; Archer Farms from Target have great flavor are nice and sticky for molding.
  • 1 bag Swedish Fish candies — Any color works, but they need to be full size fish.
  • Sushi spoons or paper liners for presentation
  • Optional: orange or black sprinkles for masago (fish eggs)

Step 1: Cut your Granola Bars into roughly 1″ cubes. These will be the rice for our sashimi to be placed on.

Step 2: After all your bars are cut, cut or peel fruit leather into stripes; this will be our seaweed.

Step 3: On each granola rice square, place one Swedish Fish in the center and 1 strip of fruit seaweed lengthwise.

Step 4: If you are not adding sprinkles as Masago, you can place each sashimi piece folding the fruit seaweed underneath (it should stick to itself pretty well) and place on a spoon or liner.

If you are adding the masago, pour a few sprinkles in a bowl or a clean palm and dip the seaweed/fish side in it. The sprinkles will stick well to fruit roll.

Step 5: Finally, place liners in a sushi boat or on a tray to display.  For delicious but realistic looking sides, I use Amber Agave for soy sauce, peach fruit roll for ginger and 2 smashed green Swedish Fish rolled into balls for wasabi.

Making 50 of these took only about a half hour in the kitchen. Setting up an assembly line for large batches works well and is fun to do with girlfriends before your shower, wedding or shindig!

This boat looks amazing and tastes even better!  They were gobbled up in seconds at this shower.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY.  If you did, please comment and we will make sure you learn parts 2 and 3 of this tutorial soon. Check out this preview…

Happy rolling!

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