When: June 4th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Resources: http://thedecoratedcookie.com/2010/10/mini-marshmallow-japanese-inspired-candy & Japanese Mini Marshmallow instructions (pdf, shared w/permission from Sarah)
How many teens: 16
Cost: approx $40. This included the fondant (2 lbs), edible markers, marshmallows, & rolling pins. We already had plastic baggies, spoons, food coloring, & plastic tablecloths on hand.
Anime Club is a monthly event. When I first started I tried to just watch anime, but as we grew I quickly realized that would impossible. I’ve found the kids like to come to talk; and while the anime is often playing in the background, they don’t really pay attention to it. So, about a year I started adding a craft component, which gives the teens something to do while allowing them to chat.
This month, we decided to do candy sushi. It was relatively easy and there is virtually no prep time. Since I bought the tub of fondant, I just had the teens pass it around and pull off a piece. I could have done this for them beforehand, but it really didn’t take up much time having them do it. After that, the pieces were dropped into the plastic baggies and added a few drops of food coloring. Using the bag, the teens mixed the food coloring into the fondant. While this helps protect the hands from being dyed, I noticed a lot of teens didn’t care and just used their hands. Next, roll out the fondant and cut off a piece to wrap around the mini-marshmallow. Wrap it and decorate and viola candy sushi!
- Had this been a normal program, an hour would have been plenty. By then the teens were finished and moved to just talking, watching the anime, and sketching. (My anime teens LOVE to sketch)
- Having a kitchen/sink helps! My teens didn’t mind using their bare hands to mix the fondant and food coloring because they could use the sink to wash off the food coloring right away. I don’t think any of them left w/coloring on their hands.
- Our fondant kept getting too warm/sticky. I’m not sure if it was because it’s summer and it was heating up more quickly or what. I was tempted to put it in the fridge a bit before the program, but I wasn’t sure if that would make it too hard. It may be something worth trying with a sample piece, especially if done during the warmer months.
- I skipped the wax paper, but I’m not sure if that was a good idea. The fondant kept sticking to the rolling pin, which wax paper may have helped with. In our case, we found that the spoons & hands flatten it better than the rolling pins did. I’m really not sure if this was because our fondant was too soft/sticky, but if I do this again I’ll will most likely skip the rolling pins.
- Overall, this was a fun project and most likely one I’ll bring back to Anime Club in the future.