Friday, May 2, 2008

Special Roll Of Gummi And Twinkie With Spicy OCD

This is how I spent my Wednesday afternoon:

yellow roe and freaky sour spears

swedish fish nigiri

platter

Over a year ago, I first spied cute trompe-l'œil dessert sushi at the delightful Not Martha and I've wanted to make some ever since. I finally seized the opportunity when called upon to make a snack for the church youth group, because here's what I know about youth:

1) They like crap, particularly processed crap.

2) They like to eat candy that is super hot or super sour or generally unpleasant and punishment-oriented.

3) They will eat anything sweet, even if that sweet is basically a wad of Twinkie, green apple fruit roll, and gummi worms.

tuna roll

I used a basic batch of Rice Krispie treats, one box of Twinkies, lots of green apple natural fruit rolls, all manner of freaky gummi candy, and some orange sanding sugar. And, though shopping for all the junky, junky crap I never buy was really fun, it looked pretty horrifying heaped on the grocery conveyor belt. I actually felt compelled put it in its own pile, segregated from my bananas, organic milk, lettuce, and bread, just so the nosy woman behind me, the one with the JUDGING eyes, might lay off the judging.

I wanted to turn around and say, "Listen, lady, this stuff if for the children. The children, OK? Because I believe the children are our future, even if that future might involve juvenile diabetes as a direct result of this snack."

sour licorice strips

At any rate, I cannot even tell you how much fun it was making the sushi. The process was surprisingly easy, yet deliciously nit-picky. This would be a great project to do with kids, unless those kids are ages three and one and would consider killing their own mother to get at all that candy. Ellie hovered and lurked while I was taking pictures, saying things like, "It's OK, Mom. I just smelling one. I just smelling, OK? Mmmmm. It smells like GOOD."

Much like their confectionery predecessors, the sushi were heavily, excessively photographed. (I actually thought they looked better in pictures than in person.) And the kids reportedly loved them and ate every piece in a matter of minutes, but don't consider that a flavor endorsement. Bless their hearts, but those kids eat like they have hollow legs, or possibly tapeworms, or possibly hollow legs filled with tapeworms.

And on that note, bon appetit!

51 comments:

stu said...

Yummy. I love to eat crap like this (so does my tapeworm). I think I'm packing up the kids for a trip to Idaho this weekend.

-Stu

Sojourner said...

Cool, I mean really cool, dessert sushi! I would eat it, so powerful is my sweet tooth.

But hey- I am here to tag you for a meme! Check it out at my blog.

J. said...

WoW. And here I was all excited about finally making a simple almond cake with raspberry glaze (aka melted raspberry fruit spread). You put me to shame.

The photographs are gorgeous. You have a way with both candy and a camera.

Another great, fun post.

Cheri said...

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!

This is the coolest, yummiest, funnest, wowiest, thing I have EVER seen!

I'm sending a link to this page to my older daughters (who love to cook and love sushi). And I'm even going to make these myself, which is the truest testament to how cool they are because I don't like making things myself like you do. I like other people's food better.

WOWOWOWOWOW!

foolery said...

Next time you make these print up a page of cheap homemade business cards that read

Food Photographer

and HAND one to the nosy lady in line at the check-out. She'll be impressed and you'll be smug.

Beautiful photos and a great idea!

bluemountainsmary said...

They look just as good here as they did at flickr!

And I like foolery's idea!

Thea said...

Amazing! Those look so fun and deliciously tooth-rotting! Ah, beautiful candy psuedo-sushi.

Mike Golch said...

Sushi,what a novel idea.I really enjoy sushi any way.

dkuroiwa said...

hmmmm...let me see....
Rice Krispie treats...good
Twinkies....oh yeah,
fruit rolls...uh-huh...yeah
gummis....good
All the makings for good, yet not in the traditional "healthy" way...snacks!! My boys thought the pictures were cool...they remember Twinkies!! mmmmmmmmm
My Japanese students will get a kick out of these pictures!!!
You...are a cool person to do this!!

I AM VERY MARY said...

that foolery, she's onto something.

MamaBird said...

awesome, i heart these so (but would have to segregate my groceries similarly). my puttering brain thinks we're sympatico. it makes me smile to remember the baby shower with my first kid where all of my crunchy granola friends who had forsworn processed sugar much less bizarro food dyes did a collective swoon as i handed out Peeps willy nilly to their kids after getting a case or so as a present.

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Mmm. Photo sets, etsy?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

They're beautiful--the sushi and the photos!

Nora Bee said...

They are lovely. Man, your church is lucky! I bet they would have been happy with Oreos.

Rice Krispie treats are one of life's great joys, in my opinion.

Professor J said...

Wow. All that work for tape worms. I'm so glad you are there for the children.

Lisa Milton said...

I made these a few years ago, as a treat for my girl's lunch.

I don't think she appreciated the effort. Then again, she brings it up from time to time, so maybe I should give it a shot. Again. For the children.

Optimist said...

You did not!

I am truly humbled (Martha).

:)

Manager Mom said...

the green apple fruit roll was inspired...

calicobebop said...

Incredible! And edible! You're a genius!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

That's probably the coolest thing I've ever seen!

All Adither said...

These look sticky and delicious.

Minnesota Matron said...

OH my god - those photos are absolutely stunning! This looks like a project to try, too.

Once Stryker came home from a friend's house and said: "Oh, I had the BEST thing today. It was yellow and spongey and had creme in the middle. I can't remember what it's called?!"

Me: "A Twinkie?"

Stryker: "Yes! And I love them!"

Sweet Pepita said...

The Little Chrissy in me is having a really hard time not licking the computer screen. Yum.

Magpie said...

Wow - between these and the green cake, you have been out there on a culinary limb - cool!

Casey said...

Absolutely adorable. Maybe I can get my kids to eat sushi starting them off with something like this.

confusedtwenty said...

What an awesome idea! Too nit-picky for me though, I'm afraid, but I'm quite jealous you pulled it off so well...mine would look like...you know.

family-of-five said...

my god that is some beautiful candy sushi. I love your food photography, girl, it makes me smile.

Sadao said...

Beautiful of work of art with great photography! Besides, you don't have to be a sushi lover to enjoy these rolls.

goblinbox said...

OMFG, that is so wondefully wrong on so many wonderful levels!

The Dodsters said...

just saw this. love it.

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Shannon said...

WOW! I cannot believe how super cool these sushi sweets are. You are amazingly creative. Absolutely awesome...and LOVE the title!! LOL!

Cheers,

Shannon :)

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