One of the hands-down worst things about Afghanistan (you know, after the weather, the IEDs, the decade-long quagmire of weapons and man power, et cetera, et cetera) is that there is simply no sushi to be found. I know, right? Who woulda thunk?
John loves sushi. One of the last meals we ate on the day John deployed was some amazing sushi at the mall (you have got to love a place that reels you in with free spicy crab roll samples). We regularly talk about getting sushi when John comes home, too. (Yes, a lot of our communication revolves around food. Our mutual love of delicious comestibles is one of the strongest pillars of our relationship. Especially salt on pizza. Yum!)
But I digress. Anyway, John hasn't had sushi in over three months. Torturous. And, while I can't send the poor guy real sushi in the mail, I found a sweet (literally) recipe for candy sushi. I fell in love with it immediately. If you follow the link, the directions are spot-on and worked perfectly.
I used Swedish Fish and Mike 'n' Ikes for the sushi fillers. The Mike 'n' Ikes were a little tough to cut, but I was also using a kinda-sorta dull bread knife since everything else was in the dishwasher. Next time, I think I'm going to use longer candies (Sour Punch Ropes, Twizzlers, etc.) to make it look just a little more like real sushi.
As much as I fell in love with how absolutely adorable the sushi looked, I loved the packaging even more. My sister gave me the awesome pun (visit her hilarious Tumblr here!) and I decorated the inside of the box with it. Best thing ever? I figured out that if I packaged the sushi in a 9x7 fudge pan, with just a tiny little bit of bending, it fits perfectly in the small Priority Mail box. That means it cost just a little over $5 to send John a little bit of delicious happiness! Win, all the way around!