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