Make-your-own Japanese Candy Sushi with Free Instructional Signs


We just hosted anI HEART JAPAN“-themed birthday party for my girls because they love Studio Ghibli films (including Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro), they love origami, they like Hello Kitty and Pokemon and so many other Japanese things. For party food, we served a lot of authentic Japanese dishes including actual sushi rolls but I wanted to include some sort of fun sushi for our less adventurous child-size guests. I decided making CANDY SUSHI would be the way to go and can happily report that the kids LOVED IT. This party was so cool it got featured as the “Party of the Day” on Catch My Party (one of the top party blogs!)

There are so many creative ways to roll your candy sushi rolls and watching the kids get messy making sushi was so much fun! I made a large table display filled with all of the candy sushi ingredients. I also made 2 signs that showed step-by-step instructions for making candy Maki and Nigiri. Those I have included below– just drag them onto your desktop to save! I also have a free sushi grass file below as well that can be used with a CRICUT to cut grass shapes. If you use any of our files or ideas, please comment and share photos with us of what you make! We would love to hear from you!

I also bought a couple of sushi rolling mats for this project, which we lined with Press N’ Seal wrap so nothing stuck to them. They were helpful for making the rolls but are not required. It is important to put down some wax paper or plastic tablecloth before you start this project because this project is very messy!

Candy Sushi Ingredients that we used:

  • Large Marshmallows
  • Swedish Fish (we used multi-colored ones)
  • SweetTart Rope Bites
  • Strawberry string licorice
  • Fruit by the Foot
  • Airheads
  • Gummy Worms
  • Rice Crispy Treats
  • Black Sanding Sugar
  • Specialty Marshmallows (Lucky Charms makes shaped marshmallows and we found colorful twist ones as well)

Sushi Instruction Signs

Sushi grass file for Cricut below.

Some images above by Jennifer Kaye Photography.

Want more ideas like these? Check out these Soot Sprite cookies we also made for the I Heart Japan party!