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to make: hostess snack cake sushi

hostess sushi

I heart Clare Crespo. I first saw her crocheted sushi and desserts in Bust magazine, then found her web site Yummy Fun with crazy and inventive recipes. She has two books The Secret Life of Food and Hey There, Cupcake!, both filled with exquisitely clever food ideas. She created a few things for Hostess, and it seems her Twinkie Sushi catches the fancy of most everybody.

I was invited to a sushi making party and I figured what better time to try the twinkie sushi. She has a sushi cupcake recipe in her book The Secret Life of Food that incorporates a Swedish fish atop a mound of rice, which I think is just so darn funny. You can see a picture of this half way down this Gothamist interview. (The recipe for these are also in the Feb/March 2005 Bust magazine.) But, I knew I wouldn’t have time to make little fake rice rectangles, so I used half of a Hostess powdered donette instead. I sliced just a little bit off of the top of the donut as well, it allows the fish to stay in place more easily.

Things I learned along the way. I read in someone elses experience that if you make the treats ahead of time and leave them at room temperature, the fruit roll ups can melt and become gooey. I made a few for a test run and left them in the fridge overnight, and while the fruit roll up didn’t actually melt it become more sticky and not as fun to eat. So, make these the day of and store them in the fridge. Shavings of dried mango or papaya can serve as slices of pickled ginger.

I could only find green fruit roll ups with punch out faces in them, it still worked ok. But, here is a recipe for apricot fruit leather, I’m sure adding a little food coloring would make a nice murky green. The fruit roll ups stick nicely to themselves, and stretch if they don’t quite reach all the way around a twinkie slice.

How do they taste? Not the greatest really, you’ll want to pick the components apart. But look how darn cute they are!

I found myself wondering what results you could get from dipping fruit in chocolate and slicing it — bananas, kiwi, strawberries. They all seem like they could make an interesting fruit sushi dessert.

There is a bunch of great faux sushi stuff I came across in my searches:

  • Pictures of candy sushi on Flickr rolled and the swedish fish variation.
  • Nicole makes the sushi cupcakes, and talks about some alternatives for dipping sauces — chocolate and green marshmallow, promising.
  • Recipe for crispy candy sushi snacks involving wrapping rice krispie treats around candy, very cute.
  • Recipe from USA Rice for sweet coconut candy sushi, also uses candied ginger. Includes variation using chocolate and strawberries.
  • Another rice krispie treat candy sushi recipe.
  • Making candy sushi at Casa Walsh, they used that fruit by the foot stuff to wrap.
  • Boing Boing did a whole thing on the twinkie sushi and it came around to this savory twinkie recipe involving goat cheese and polenta (no actual twinkies are involved.
  • Version of the candy sushi using m&ms and coconut.
  • Sushi cupcakes using gummy sharks and the clever use of jelly bellys as roe.
  • The simplicity of this Hostess sushi project is lovely, presented in Engrish. The zingers and snowballs as nigri are clever.
  • Ljc made dessert sushi for her post-wedding party, so pretty. She mentioned using Swiss cake rolls as well, and it looks like coconut rolled zingers?
  • Edith Meyer sent me a link to this entirely different take on dessert sushi, Very Special Sushi using soy wrappers and sweet rice wrapped around fruit fillings, everything edible down to the chopsticks. Beautiful.
  • Weird Sushi has a clever use of candy to mimic roe. Note the sliced gummy worms, whipped cream (?) wasabi and mango ginger slices. You can click the pictures to get more and more closer looks.
  • The chocolate sushi at Koo-Ki Sushi is amazingly detailed right down to the condiments.
  • Some incredible examples of candy sushi in these photos at Flickr, by ozdema2.
  • Non-pareilles as roe in this very detailed candy sushi.
  • Some amazing ice cream sushi treats from the Haagen-Dazs Premier Lounge in Tokyo.
  • Acres of awesome candy sushi over at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.


58 responses so far ↓

  • 1 joyce // Dec 16, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    Omg I saw this and a whole buncha other stuff like on your site on the craftzine site.!!!

  • 2 the Diva Platform » Blog Archive » Not the Jugular! // Jan 1, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    […] The Boy and I spent New Year’s Eve with the Party People, and this time around the theme was Asian. Again, great decorations and food–I finally got to try Wow Bao, which I liked. I brought dessert sushi, which was a big hit (my sushi was not nearly as complex as the sushi in the pictures–white cake cut into rectangles, Swedish fish, and some green frosting on top to look either like seaweed or wasabi). […]

  • 3 Ella // Jan 24, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    I have been searching for fun sweets to put in my familys’ bento boxes on Valentines and this site has been EXTREMELY helpful! Thank you! I love the pictures and all the wonderful and insightful links. It has made my job MUCH easier. :D

  • 4 Kristy // Feb 8, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Thank you very much! I wanted to do something original for Valentines day and here it is! I wonder though, if anyone has recipes for things like the kookie sushi site. Thanks again!

  • 5 Kerry // Feb 27, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Instead of using donuts… heres a great idea for you people considering wow-ing your friends with some dainty dessert sushi. Make peanut-butter balls (or rum balls, or any kind of delicious Balls you desire *cough*). Create a thin icing (icing sugar, vanilla, a pinch of liquor, and a pinch of milk until you’ve reached a desired consistency). Roll your delightful balls in this icing, then splatter them in a bowl chalk-full of white coconut shavings. What you have arrived at is a make-shift imitation Nigiri sushi (palm-roll). Adorn your nigiri with a swedish fish and a strip of some delicious fruit-roll-up, and you’ve officially impressed your guests.

  • 6 Gay Stodtmeister // Mar 21, 2007 at 6:53 am

    I need a recipe (picture) of a car made out of twinkies. I saw it years ago at a cub scout pinewood derby event. Thank you

  • 7 Carole // Apr 15, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    OMG! These are adorable. I HAVE to make these next April Fools Day. The family will love them. Thanks.

  • 8 pat // Apr 28, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Love your article on sushi…will make them soon!

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  • 10 Jenn // Jul 9, 2007 at 11:39 am

    I just saw a show on the Food Network that featured a company in CA that makes sushi desserts. They look so real and have given me some great ideas to make my own:

  • 11 Mindy // Aug 21, 2007 at 10:09 am

    The candy sushi reminded me of a cake I had at a party recently.

    You should check out

    Toward the bottom of the page is a cake shaped like a sushi roll. I was at the party and the cake was wonderful. I also had some of the “grilled cheese” cake along with homemade ice cream. Yum!

  • 12 Heather // Sep 11, 2007 at 11:17 am

    I LOVE these desert sushi! What a fun site you have! I may have to link to you on my site.

  • 13 Margie at Limited Edition Foods // Oct 15, 2007 at 8:40 am

    These are adorable, thank you so much for the great post and the helpful links!

  • 14 Cara // Dec 8, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    This is awesome!!! We are totally going to make this for my daughter’s birthday party. Thanks so much!

  • 15 ann marie // Jan 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Heads up if you live near a Fairway – they’ve got this French version of dried cantaloupe that looks exactly like sashimi. It’s super moist and pinky-orange. I’m going to make some fruit sushi with that this weekend – wish me luck.

  • 16 britt // Feb 21, 2008 at 10:17 am

    You’ve inspired me! I made some last night but I used marshmallows for rice and nerds for roe. Check it out:
    I’ve linked back to you.
    Thanks for the great idea.

  • 17 Kimberly Ann // Mar 7, 2008 at 9:14 am

    These ideas are criminally cute. I gotta try them.

  • 18 Anonymous // Apr 24, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    How to Make: Hostess Snack Cake Sushi…

    Step by step instructions complete with pictures on how to make an adorable twist on traditional sushi – making them out of twinkies, swedish fish, and fruit roll-ups. They look fantastic….

  • 19 Michelle // Jul 15, 2008 at 9:59 am

    I picked up a Twinkie recipe book at a store somewhere, this is where I first saw the Twinkie sushi recipe.
    I keep saying I’m going to make some but haven’t yet.
    I did make the Twinkie ice cream cake though..

  • 20 Columbi-yeah! » Sushi…for dessert? // Jul 21, 2008 at 9:42 am

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  • 21 Heidi // Aug 7, 2008 at 6:15 am

    I love this! I have always been yearning for something fun that is Asian inspired but never even thought about making fake sushi!Thanks for the great ideas!

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  • 24 Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor // Sep 5, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    That sushi has got to be the cutest food I’ve ever seen!!! My daughter would love that at her party!

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  • 26 Hashim // Feb 17, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Looks delicious!

  • 27 Keli Morris // Jun 11, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I could not stop laughing at the swedish fish! This is so cute!

  • 28 Laura // Aug 11, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Crazy! That was my idea! I am making a Little Debbie snack cake sushi cake for my fiance’ for the groom’s cake at our wedding. I am going to use all different kinds of little Debbie rolls and cut them like sushi and top them with gummy stuff like that…also you can use orange or red shiny sprinkles for roe.

  • 29 Dabbled » Blog Archive » Fabulous Sushi Cake Tutorial // Sep 8, 2009 at 6:10 am

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  • 30 Chaya G. // Sep 24, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I read this because of the sheer disgustingness/attractiveness dichotomy. I was pleasantly surprised by the aesthetics. Way to repurpose junk food! I think I might try it for an upcoming party.

  • 31 SHAHAHA // Oct 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    whats the middle of the sushi made of???????
    I really like these. There perfect for sushi night!!!

  • 32 London Sushi // Oct 8, 2009 at 9:08 am

    These desserts look amazing i’m going to give them a try at our next dinner party.

    Thanks for the crazy idea, get for some of our sushi parties that we hold.

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  • 41 Jennifer // Feb 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I want to thank you so much for this article! This and the links you’ve provide (though some are broken but now) are so awesome for my daughter’s 7th birthday party. As she gets her shichigosan obi this year, she wants to have a Japanese tea party for her friends. I think with these, some dumplings made from rice krispie treats, and green kool-aid “tea”, it’ll be a huge hit!

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  • 44 audra // Apr 8, 2010 at 11:52 am

    rice crispy treats make awesome “rice” for rolls or sashimi

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  • 46 SushiTail // Jul 4, 2010 at 4:13 am

    This is as sustainable as sushi can be!

  • 47 Tonya // Aug 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I wanted to commend you on the creativity. So funny, thanks for sharing!

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  • 51 Maddy // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I just made some sushi cupcakes too and wanted to share. Let me know what you think :)

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  • 57 Rayanne // Feb 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Instead of dough nuts. i personally think that its an okay idea buuuuuuuttttttttt, i think marshmallows are awesome to. i recommend the marshmallows they make it less awkward to eat.
    And twinkes are so unhealthy so i used cake and just cut it into shapes like twinkes. agin, this is awsome just some recommended tips. i will be loving this recipie just some tips!

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