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10 Creative Recipes Using Leftover Easter Peeps

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.

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History of Easter Peeps

Easter Peeps, those co-joined neon-colored sugar-coated marshmallows that faintly resemble baby chicks, have been around since 1953. They're manufactured by a candy company called Just Born based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Sam Born, a Russian immigrant, founded the company in 1910. Later, Sam bought the Rodden Candy Company in Lancaster.

Rodden produced jellybeans and chick-shaped marshmallows that were handmade. Sam Born's talented son Bob developed a mechanized process that cut production time for the chicks from about 27 hours to six minutes. Bob also dropped the piped-on wings which helped expedite the process. This made them look even less like chicks, but it didn't stop Peeps from becoming an iconic symbol of Easter.

A lot of people, myself included, find the taste of Peeps disgusting. And since they're made entirely of sugar and corn syrup with a little gelatin thrown in and minuscule chocolate dots for eyes, they're not the healthiest snack. Five peeps contain 34 grams of sugar and 140 calories. But their colorful presence around Easter doesn't have to be missed. Many creative cooks have found ways to use them in desserts that call for marshmallows and even in fun alcoholic concoctions. Here are 10 ways to brighten Easter desserts with Peeps.

1. Easter Peep S'mores

Graham crackers, melted chocolate, and marshmallows go together like peas and carrots. Sally's Baking Addiction uses a basic s'more's recipe and the microwave to create gooey Easter peep s'mores.

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2. Easter Candy Bark

On cookingchanneltv.com, Michelle Buffardi uses bits of peeps, white chocolate, and pastel-colored Easter candies to create Easter Candy Bark. You can munch on this treat for up to two weeks if you store it in an airtight container.

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3. Rainbow Peep Trifle

On shakebakeandparty.com, Angela shares her invention for an Easter trifle she calls Rainbow Peep Trifle. She came up with the creation after a cupcake recipe failed. She uses a white cake mix and green, blue, pink, purple, and yellow food color gels to create colorful cake cubes. This is layered with lemon pie filling, Cool Whip, and rows of Peeps. Top with a final layer of Peeps.

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Rice Krispie Peep Treats

Rice Krispie treats are a long-loved snack made with rice cereal, melted marshmallows, and butter. Yellow Bliss Road shows us how to put an Easter twist on them using four 3-oz packages of Peeps in four colors. (You could also just use three colors.) You can find lots of recipes for them, but I like the way this recipe turns them into pops on a stick. Wrapped in plastic, they make a great homemade addition to Easter baskets.

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5. Peeps Popcorn Balls

What's cooking, love? uses plastic Easter eggs as a mold to create classic popcorn balls using popcorn, butter, and melted Peeps for Peeps Popcorn Eggs. Spray the inside of the egg molds (and your hands) with cooking spray to make these!

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6. Peeps French Toast

Surprise the kids with Oh Bite It's recipe for French toast stuffed with Peeps! Use thick-sliced French or Italian bread. Beat eggs with milk and make a pocket in the bread slices to stuff in a Peep or two. Did in the custard and fry. Dust with powdered sugar. Syrup is optional, but not really needed for a sweet-enough Easter breakfast.

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7. Peeps Ice Cream Sundae

Make a yummy Peeps Brownie Batter ice cream sundae with brownies, vanilla ice cream, Peeps, chocolate syrup, whipped topping, and rainbow sprinkles. Rich, but divine!

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8. Peeps Pudding Pops

Make these adorable Peeps Pudding Pops by stabbing a Peep with a Popsicle stick. Then follow the directions for pudding pops using a Popsicle mold. I love the green coconut grass on the bottom! Susan from Oh My! Creative shows how.

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9. Peeptini

Now on to the adult treats. FOOD52 shares this simple way to make a Peeptini using only two ingredients, top-shelf vodka, and pink Peeps. A rim of pink-colored sugar adds elegance.

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10. Naughty Peeps Cocktail

Surprise your Easter guests with a before or after dinner cocktail. Myicrediblerecipes.com shares how to make a Naughty Peeps Cocktail using marshmallow vodka, blue curacao liqueur, simple sugar syrup, lemon juice, and Sprite. Garnish with sanded sugar and a Peep.

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Comments

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 03, 2021:

Oh my. I hope it gets better soon. Vaccine on the way .

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 03, 2021:

I liked your recipes, Easter is great fun in Singapore but with Covid a bit of dampness all around.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 03, 2021:

Have fun!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 03, 2021:

I don't either, but they're colorful and decorative. Thanks, Peggy. Happy Easter!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 02, 2021:

Though these look very cute...it's way too much sugar for me.

I'll pass on the peeps.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 02, 2021:

Always end up with way more Peeps than is humanly possible to consume so I found your ideas interesting. Put all those Peeps to use! Jamie

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2021:

I have never liked eating Peeps, but I enjoyed learning about the history of them. Happy Easter, Rebecca!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 02, 2021:

Thanks, Chitrangada! Same to you!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 01, 2021:

These Easter recipes look so nice and I like their soft and delicate colours.

Well narrated information about these delicacies, and thank you for sharing the recipes. Happy Easter!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 01, 2021:

You're welcome, Pamela. Happy Easter!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 01, 2021:

These easter treats are so colorful and they look good. Thanks for sharing all of these Easter treats, Rebacca/

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