Now that Easter's over, you may find yourself drowning in too much leftover candy. Let's face it: Peeps — those sugar-coated, adorable animal marshmallows — are easy to get carried away with. The good news? People love to make creative things with them as much as they enjoy eating them! We've searched the Internet for the coolest ways to use Peeps and rounded them up here. From Peeps sushi to Peeps brownies, keep reading to see the most interesting ways to make use of this springtime candy.
Maybe it's just one long sugar rush, but getting creative with Peeps candy is becoming a national pastime. We've seen Peeps dioramas, re-creations of TV shows, and this delicious idea: a Peeps fluffernutter sandwich. Just like the childhood favorite sammie of marshmallow fluff and peanut butter but made with Peeps, this flavor combination helps cut down on the sweetness of the confections for a gooey good time. Here's how to make it.
Neon pink stalks of rhubarb and sweet and snappy peas may be nature's cue that Spring has sprung, but I don't quite process the transition until I've sunk my teeth into my first sugar-crusted Peep of the season. Sure, Just Born has branched out with seasonal variations as of late — we were particularly fond of a gingerbread iteration that debuted this Winter — but it's a tall order to top the classic that I, like many, grew up with. Now, without giving too much away, I'd argue that they've done just that with their latest offering: a confetti-bedecked Vanilla Créme Peep to celebrate the company's 60th anniversary.
Like many, Peeps played an integral part in the Easter celebrations of my youth. Almost too cute to eat, and with a pleasantly spongy texture punctuated by a dense and crackly coating of sugar, they were the treat I yearned for year-round. So it was a touch bittersweet to discover a few years back that Just Born (the Peeps parent company) had decided to spawn seasonal sweets for nearly any occasion. Sure, I could get my fix at a moment's notice, but as with many treats with a limited season, when their availability escalated, their sparkle diminished.
Given my aforementioned feelings, I was a bit unsure how to feel about their latest offering, spiced gingerbread men. Would they be a welcome addition to the chubby chick and cheery bunny fold, or would they fall flat? Moreover, would Peeps translate well beyond the classic vanilla flavor?
They're almost too cute to eat! Over the years, Peeps — the marshmallow treats shaped to look like lil chicks — have gained a cultlike following. And while the Easter favorites are fun to eat, they also make great crafting supplies! So gather up the kids and get started on some fun holiday Peeps crafts — just keep an eye on your lil crafters, as we want to be sure they don't eat up all of their supplies!
I love Peeps, and a friend of mine really wanted me to make a Peep cake that included actual Peeps (as opposed to a cake that looks like a Peep). I decided to do a two-layer yellow cake with seven-minute frosting... I put Peep bunnies between the two layers and around the outside, and did a starburst-type pattern with Peep chicks on top.
I was really happy with how it turned out! If you want to make one, I have all the details at Eat. Swim. Shop.
Peeps may be the most quintessential of Easter candies, but they're possibly also the most polarizing. Their intensely sweet marshmallow interior and brightly colored sanding sugar exterior inspire strong feelings in both camps. Some wait all year for fresh packs of marshmallow chicks and bunnies to arrive in stores, but won't eat them until they're slightly stale and chewy. Others steer clear of what some describe as their chemical-y flavor.
Which side are you on?
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With Easter coming this Sunday, your cravings for Cadbury Creme Eggs, marshmallow Peeps, and fruity jellybeans are probably on the rise. Before you dive mouth first into the chocolate bunny in your Easter basket, check out the calories and nutritional info for your favorite treats.
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