Party Peeps Are in the House: The Most-Adorable Peeps Treats Ever

Fun fact: Most recipes that use marshmallows can be made infinitely cuter by swapping in Peeps.
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Easter Cake Decorated with Peeps and Jelly Beans

Easter Cake Decorated with Peeps and Jelly Beans

This cake decorated with Peeps is perfect for spring entertaining. Food Photography, Ideas and Recipes By Jackie Alpers for Food Network.

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Jackie Alpers, 2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Fun fact: Most recipes that use marshmallows can be made infinitely cuter by swapping in Peeps. These sugar-coated chicks and bunnies are an Easter treat so beloved that Just Born, the company that’s been producing them for more than 60 years, makes enough Peeps in one year to circle the Earth three times. Back in 1953, it took 27 hours to create one Peep by hand with a pastry tube; yellow and white were the original colors. Today it takes roughly six minutes per Peep, and they come in a rainbow of hues and even specialty flavors like Chocolate Mousse, Blue Raspberry and Party Cake.

Once you’ve rounded up your favorite Peeps, the possibilities are endless. Peep dioramas never get old, but edible creations are our favorite. FoodNetwork.com contributor and Sprinkles! author Jackie Alpers was just the sweet-treat aficionado to come up with adorable and tasty new ways to showcase Peeps, starting with the Technicolor cake pictured above. For a showstopping centerpiece for this weekend’s Easter spread, just press sprinkles, jelly beans and a rainbow of Peeps into a freshly frosted layer cake.

I Yam Peeps

I Yam Peeps

Top baked sweet potatoes or yams with Peeps instead of marshmallows. Food Photography, Ideas and Recipes By Jackie Alpers for Food Network.

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Jackie Alpers, 2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Sweet potatoes topped with bunny Peeps will help your kids eat their veggies in style. The Peeps will melt into the warm potato boats as they sail forth.

Skillet Peeps S'mores

Skillet Peeps S'mores

Layer chocolate chips, optional nuts and Peeps in skillet, then bake, Diip in graham crackers. . Food Photography, Ideas and Recipes By Jackie Alpers for Food Network.

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Jackie Alpers, 2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Swap the traditional marshmallows in Jeff Mauro’s popular Skillet S’mores for a giant bunny Peep and his friends. The eyes of the little ones seen here fell off in the oven, but you can help them regain their sight by drawing the eyes back on with a dot of cookie frosting or Sparkle Gel.

Hot Chocolate Peeps

Hot Chocolate Peeps

Float peeps in hot chocolate for a warm spring beverage. Jackie Alpesr for Food Network.com

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Jackie Alpers, 2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

When there's a spring chill in the air, wake up with  Peeps floating in hot chocolate.

Peeps infused Vodka

Peeps infused Vodka

Infuse vodka or rum with Peeps. How to. Food Photography, Ideas and Recipes By Jackie Alpers for Food Network.

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Jackie Alpers, 2015,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

For a grownups-only Easter treat, make sweet Peep-infused vodka. Fill a nonreactive, lidded container with Peeps in the color of your choice, then fill with vodka and steep for 4 to 8 hours. Check out all of Alpers’ Peeps treats in the full gallery.

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Photo by: Kat Teutsch

Kat Teutsch

This Peep won’t fit in your Easter basket. Creating a 10-inch-tall Peep cake (200 times larger than a classic marshmallow Peep!) is surprisingly easy with Food Network Magazine’s step-by-step how-to.

Peeps fanatics can even visit three Peeps & Company retail stores that have opened in the past few years — in Maryland, Pennsylvania and at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Open year-round, these stores prove that Peeps have officially hopped beyond the Easter basket.

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