Happy Onigiri (Rice Balls)
As I mentioned in my Hello Kitty rice balls post, I had actually been looking for the nori (seaweed) puncher to make cute happy faces on my rice balls, which I had seen on several sites. I've looked at stores near me and have not found them. But I did find them on ebay. These seaweed punchers are much easier to use than the Hello Kitty set, mainly because there are less parts. Each face has only two eyes and a mouth so it's a lot easier to stick these pieces on my onigiri.
I absolutely love how cute these came out. It made me giddy to see all these happy, cute faces staring back at me. For the rice balls, I used various rice ball shapers I own: star, heart, circle, triangle, bear. On the back of each shape, I sprinkled rice seasoning so they wouldn't taste too plain.
I was actually able to put the cut outs onto a plate (already in the shape face), and then put the rice ball facedown into the cut outs, and they would simply stick on, creating these cute faces. So I didn't have to stick each cut out on the face, piece by piece.
These were really fun to eat and I plan on making them quite often!