Making chocolate sushi

February 11, 2012 7:24:33 AM PST
You know the basic gifts for Valentine's Day: a card, flowers, chocolate. Why not mix it up a bit?

The Morton Arboretum (link: is offering a workshop on how to make "Chocolate Sushi." Marilyn Baysek, Special Events Manager at The Morton Arboretum, and Laura Valcour, owner and chef-instructor of "Chefs For A Day" (link: in Willowbrook, Ill., joined us in our ABC7 studio kitchen to show us how to make chocolate sushi.

Chocolate "Sushi" Workshop
Sunday, February 12 (Check web site for times)
Thornhill Education Center
The Morton Arboretum
Price: $37 for Non-Members

Chocolate "Sushi" Recipes

Chocolate "Plastique"

14 oz Bittersweet Chocolate (prefer Ghirardelli)
5 oz Light Corn Syrup

Melt chocolate, stir in corn syrup.
Divide mixture in half, and wrap in plastic.
Allow to rest at room temperature 2-3 hours.
(If it becomes hard, allow to soften 5 seconds in the microwave and knead before using.)

Basmati Rice Pudding

27 oz Coconut milk
26 oz Heavy cream
8 oz Basmati or Jasmine rice
4 oz Granulated sugar

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, as the rice has a tendency to stick.
When pudding becomes very thick, transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and cool completely.

Marinated Fruit
3 Kiwis, chopped
2 Mangos, chopped
12 Strawberries
4 oz Meyer's Dark Rum or Gran Marnier