Ever since my children were young, I have tried to do some sort of food-related April Fool's Day joke. I have done the chocolate rice krispy meatloaf, the ice cream and butter scotch potatoes and gravy, and the green beans made out of candy. If I was short on time, I did an empty pizza box, candy box or jello in a glass. Then there was the time I made peas and carrots out of candy. When I went to put them on my son's plate, and they made a dinging sound, he knew they were fake. They are on to me now. My oldest is almost sixteen and my youngest is nine. Even though now they are older, I think they would be a bit disappointed if I didn't do something!
I found this year's mock sushi, as well as most of my April Fool's Day food jokes from the magazine Family Fun. You can link to their post on Mock Sushi at Family Fun. They even have a tutorial. These are not that hard to make; you just have to work with them a bit to to shape them. I like the fact that I can just pull them out and serve them. There will be no preparation time in front of the very kids that I am trying to fool. I will be serving a stir-fry on April Fool's Day along with the Mock Sushi. I hope you enjoy them!
1/4 cup butter
4 cups mini marshmallows -- You may want to add a little more, my rice krispies were a bit dry.
6 cups crisped rice cereal
20 to 25 gummy worms
1 to 2 boxes of fruit leather -- I used all red. There are a lot of different colors you could use.
Grease a 12 by 17 inch jelly roll pan. Melt butter in a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the marshmallows until smooth and melted. Remove marshmallow mixture from stove and stir in the rice cereal and stir until the cereal is coated and evenly distributed. Press the mixture in the jelly roll pan.
Starting at the short end of the jelly roll pan, 1 inch from the edge of the pan, place a line of gummy worms. Then roll the rice krispies from the edge of the pan and around the worms.
The gummi worms are rolled up!
Then stop and cut the log away from the rest of the rice krispies in the pan. Cut the log into one inch segments and wrap each log in fruit leather. Make sure that each little sushi has a filling (the worm) showing. You will need to shape each one for looks. Then continue the same process until the end of the pan.