Monday, April 18, 2011

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps!

Easter is fast approaching and I was struck by inspiration for a craft:

I thought this would be 1.) brilliant and 2.) very difficult/messy. I was pleased to be half-wrong: the marshmallows were easy to make and everything came together pretty quickly!

First, I made the outside coating for the peeps. Colored sugar is OH so difficult.

1. Start with white sugar.

2. Add food coloring.

3. Mix.

4. Mix some more.

Once your colored sugar is ready, you'll need a little bed of it for each peep. I sprayed some cooking spray on a piece of foil and put down my colored sugar:


Then it was time to make the marshmallows using a recipe courtesy of Google. Seriously, this took maybe 30 minutes:


After giving the marshmallows a couple minutes to start to set, I sprayed a spatula and the inside of a Ziploc baggie with cooking spray. I used the spatula to fill the baggie with the soft marshmallows and then piped the peeps onto their waiting beds:

The bunny is just two lines with a small circle at the base for the head (though I think trying to get the ears on top of the head is a good goal), and a larger circle below that for the body. The chick is almost a Z shape: pipe a thick line for the body, then lift up and back over the body, then forward to end in the beak. I was afraid the peeps would devolve into shapeless blobs, but they held up really well!

Sprinkle with more colored sugar (you could also shake them in a bag full of colored sugar for better coverage, but sprinkle them first: too much exposed marshmallow will stick to the inside of . . . well, anything!):




Add some chocolate sprinkle eyes:


And have a happy Easter!

I used this marshmallow recipe, but I'll tell you all about it another time!

Oh, and the best Peeps site ever: Peep Research. (What happens when they're subjected to a "fear chamber," AKA the microwave?)

This recipe was prepared at high altitude.

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9 comments :

Sharon said...

OMG! That is so clever. Love them.

Sharon

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

mmmm those look yum! what a cute idea. I wonder if they are too messy to make with kids?!

Thanks for the visit today!

Heather Landry said...

Oh these turned out SO cute! I had no clue you could make them at home!!! I'm off to the Peeps & Fear site. You had me at microwave! LOL

Jordan McCollum said...

Thanks, ladies!

On making them with kids: the adult would have to do the cooking and the piping, but the kids could sprinkle sugar and maybe put on eyes. (Fearing the mess, I waited until my three were in bed to do this.)

Just Jaime said...

They look fun and tasty! Now I want to make a Peeps S'more!

Jordan McCollum said...

Me too! (Since I don't eat Peeps anyway, LOL.)

Shelly Anne said...

this is just awesome!!! thanks for sharing your idea. It's simple and I bet so fun! I need to try.

Tracy said...

This is so cool. They turned out perfectly.
I may have to try these. I love peeps...ohhh maybe add some melted chocolate to them:)

Jennie said...

oh how cute!!

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