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Candy Sushi

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Howdy iDer’s – It is (the other) Pete, AKA Activity Pete or iDPeteV (on Twitter).

My job is to try to make camp fun while the Campers are not on the computers, and to do this, I really have to think up cool games and activities that are truly unique and interesting. Sometimes, though, I rely on the incredible iD staff to come up with creative solutions to some of the challenges I put forth – I call these challenges “Nachos.”

The staff at Internal Drive Tech Camps comes from around the world and are amazingly talented. Beyond teaching Digital Video, Digital Photography, Video Game Creation, Role Playing Game Design and so forth, these (mostly young) adults have secret lives as artists, teachers, designers, programmers, soldiers, leaders and more. I realized very quickly that simply telling them what to do neglected to acknowledge the skills that they already had – instead, we (Bryan and I) developed Nachos to give them an incentive to share their talents.

One of the Nachos was called the Lunch Lady, which required staff to make a non-ice-cream dessert for or with their Campers. We had some fantastic submissions, one of which I’m sharing, but first there is a HUGE DISCLAIMER:

(pause for dramatic effect)

The Lunch Lady Nacho was only one of *many* Nachos and it happened to request an event that included eating food that can be considered junk (although there are alternative recipes that are healthier). iD Tech Camps *always* encourages Campers and staff to eat and live healthy. In fact, SEVERAL of the Nachos were all about eating well and exercising every day. So remember, this recipe is a special treat that I believe is more fun to make than eat, but that’s my opinion!

I believe Chris from the Arizona State University computer camp (forgive me if I’m wrong) submitted this awesome project, along with some of his pics. A pictorial recipe for 6 different variations is found after the break.


Candy Sushi



6 Simple & Fun Recipes after the break…

Candy Sushi

Possible Ingredients:

Fruit Rolls


Toasted Rice Cereal “Treats”

Gummy Worms

Swedish Fish

Small Chocolates

Powdered Chocolate Milk Mix

Pretzel Sticks

Honey Snack Sticks

Cherry Licorice

Jelly Beans



1 Butter Knife

1 Clean Table

1 Cutting Board

Variation 1


Variation 2




Variation 3


A little tougher…


Variation 4



Variation 5



Variation 6




Bon Appetite!

  • Charlie

    Whoa! That is certainly less healthy than real sushi, but it probably doesn’t cost $25 a person get full.

  • Momanita

    Great pictorial directions–I’m sending this on to the local Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts as well as passing it out at work–Great job!!

  • Seattle Mom

    I got a good chuckle out of the creative genius! Will be trying this out when I need a good indoor activity to keep the kids occupied during a Seattle grey day. – Love it!

  • PeteV

    Hooray! Well, this is *absolutely* less healthy than real sushi but I imagine much more appetizing for children.

    As far as Cub & Girl Scouts, this is absolutely perfect! It takes about 20 – 30 Minutes (the approximate activity time of a den meeting), it’s crafty and absolutely fun! I’m not certain, however, it meets any badge requirements, but I’ll leave that to the experts to figure out…

  • PeteV

    Another note on this – I found that adults love the look and the process of creation, but not the TASTE. Kids, however, love it… and so do I, but I am a culinary oddity.

  • Karrie Colette

    Talk about creativity!! I’m SO trying this with my nieces and nephew…, and then I’m leaving the house before my sister catches me! I’m with you, (the other) Pete, as a culinary oddity myself, I will probably love them! :)

  • Jen Devine

    What a fantastic idea! I am also going to try this with my nephew and send it to friends who have kids. I think it would be a cool birthday party theme as well!

  • D-man


    take the two things i love most, sushi and candy, and mix them!