Those divisive, sugar-coated marshmallow chicks are (relatively) easy to make and taste way better than store bought! Marshmallow lovers, you're in for a treat!
I have a confession to make: I'm a Peeps purist.
I don't want red bunnies or green chickens. I don't want marshmallow carrots either. When I think of Peeps, only one image comes to mind: yellow chicks.
The other day, I was in a department store, perusing the kitchen section when I stumbled upon DIY marshmallow pans. They were designed to make knock-off Peeps using a "just add water mix," but the results were kind of weird looking. My Peeps-loving heart? Well, she shattered.
In that instant, I knew it was my duty to make my own, using real marshmallow, armed with nothing but a pastry bag and a prayer.
Before you start with these bad boys, you'll need a few items, like a mixer (stand or hand), a pastry bag with a 1/2" tip or a coupler with no tip, cocoa powder or brown food coloring and yellow sanding sugar--I made my own, which was really simple to do (add 1 cup of granulated white sugar to the base of a food processor, add a few drops of yellow food coloring and pulse until the color is incorporated. If you have more patience than me, blend the colored bits into the remaining sugar to work out any obvious bits. Clearly, patience is not my strong suit).
Once the yellow sanding sugar is set, line a half sheet pan with aluminum foil and evenly spread the yellow sugar over the surface. Next, prepare your piping bag by cutting the tip off the plastic piping bag and inserting the coupler (no tip!).
Once that's set: you're ready to make your mallows!
I used the recipe by Elizabeth of SugarHero at About.com, which includes a neat photo tutorial. (Note: this recipe does not use corn syrup, so the finished Peeps have a looser consistency than regular marshmallows). You can also snag the recipe (and photos!) in my pal Casey Barber's book, Classic Snacks Made from Scratch. It's got a ton of delicious DIY recipes from marshmallow Peeps to goldfish crackers to copycat Hostess cupcakes. It's filled with homemade takes on your favorite childhood treats (okay, who am I kidding? I still love them all as an adult). Check it out!
Whichever recipe you choose, you'll follow the same basic technique, which I've demonstrated below. This is obviously my first video (there's no captions--sorry!), so go easy on me, kids! And remember, no matter what: have fun! If your Peeps don't come out perfectly the first time, you can always turn them into really sugary s'mores or puff them up in the microwave :P
Want more Easter Treats? Check out these recipes!
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