An Easter basket just wouldn’t seem the same without Peeps. It is hard to say what is so appealing about them, after all they are just colored marshmallows. But when they are made into the shape of a chick or bunny and colored bright, almost obnoxious colors, they just seem irresistible. My kids love to find peeps in their baskets. Every year our local newspaper publishes a whole article on Peeps and the things people create with them. These include dioramas, toys and even hats. I am always amazed at the creativity and dedication that people have to creating things out of oddly shaped colored marshmallows. So this year I decided I would also do something fun and creative with Peeps to celebrate Easter and make a favorite Peeps moment.
Sadly I am not anywhere near as creative as the people who are featured in our newspaper. My big creation was Peeps Rice Krispie Treats. And yes, I got this recipe directly from the Peeps website. It was very simple to make. First I put a package of blue bunny peeps in the freezer for a few hours. Then I made normal Rice Krispie treats following the recipe on the box. Finally I took the peeps out of the freezer and stuck them on top of the treats. The heat of the melted marshmallow made the Peeps stick to the Rice Krispie Treats. The result looks cute and yummy.
For adults the appeal is mainly visual though, since it was way too sweet for me – definitely marshmallow overload.
I also made brownies for dessert, and the brownies were much more popular with my dinner guests, showing that chocolate trumps marshmallows. I assume the Peeps company is aware of this, since they recently came out with an innovative and long overdue product = chocolate covered Peeps. This is the first year I have ever seen these, and they are awesome. They are normal chicks with a dark chocolate coating covering yellow marshmallows.
You can also get Peeps with just the bottom dipped in chocolate. These are definitely worth trying, especially since they should be on clearance with all the rest of the Easter candy starting tomorrow. So I have learned that marshmallows are good, but chocolate is better, and combining them both is inspired.
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