Care to Give Chocolate Sushi a Try?
Think chocolate and fish don't mix? Give chocolate sushi a try
There are some things that even your average chocolate extremo wouldn't eat, and here's one example where you might have to draw the line: chocolate sushi. But hey, if you've tried chocolate covered bacon or experimented with chocolate beet cake, what's a little raw fish wrapped in chocolate?
Before we get too far here, we'd better point out that this type of sushi actually comes in two subtypes: a) chocolate treats prepared to look like sushi, but containing not a speck of wasabi, rice, or seafood; and 2) the real deal, which really is all of the above wrapped up in strips of chocolate. Um, yay?
About that fishy stuff...
Let's get the real thing out of the way quickly, shall we? True chocolate sushi is rare, but it's occasionally possible to find it (though we're not sure why you'd want to). Basically, you've got maki, shrimp, wasabi, rice, etc. all wrapped up in, yes, rich yummy chocolate with a nice soy dip on the side. Now that's extreme!
Want to see what chocolate sushi looks like? Go here and scroll down. Enough said.
Real chocolate chocolate sushi
As we pointed out earlier, most chocolate sushi has no fish in it at all. It's confectionery that, in the words of writer Cory Doctorow, takes the form of "fetishistically accurate replicas of sushi, executed in fine chocolate." It's like having your own bento box, with candies that really look like sushi but aren't.
For example: Koo-Ki Sushi offers sushi that looks like shrimp, maki, fish eggs (mmmm), seaweed, and all the other stuff that makes up the real thing. It's much more edible, in our humble opinion. You can get it in gift boxes or as individual items, and it's not cheap, because it's all handmade.
Purest Chocolate Indulgence
If realistically-rendered chocolate sushi doesn't strike your fancy, you can still get tasty confections that at least resemble sushi. Again, you're looking at unique, handmade dessert items, so they tend to be expensive. On the other hand, they're ideal for any once-in-a-lifetime event or celebration.
One particularly fine example of the art comes from the kitchens of chef Renee Foote, through her catering company, Toronto's Ginger Island Cuisine. If you order, keep in mind that you'll need to ask for at least 36 and it'll cost a bundle, so this sushi isn't recommended for a self-indulgent midnight snack.
These lovely items are generally made of fine, light cake filled with truffle mousses and similar dreamy fillings, though sometimes the exteriors consists of ganache creams, wafer crumbs, cocoa, and crushed chocolate chips. If you want to experience pure chocolate sushi indulgence in a social setting, this is definitely a good option!