When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to eat sugary cereals on school days. I could eat them all I wanted during the summer and weekends, but weekdays….not so much. This kind of bummed me out, because I loved Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Corn Pops and pretty much any other cereal that wasn’t the most nutritionally sound choice. Now before you start feeling bad for me – you should probably know that my Dad woke up early every school day to make my brother and me an insanely good homemade breakfast. We’re talking Belgian waffles, pancakes, crepes, that thing where cut a hole in toast and cook an egg in it……breakfasts totally unworthy of elementary school kids and probably the reason why I’m still so obsessed with good breakfast as an adult. So I really have no reason to complain. But man, do I love sugary cereal. Continue reading
Up until a week ago, I didn’t realize you could make Peeps at home. I don’t know why it took me so long to make this discovery. I’ve made marshmallow at home before and I know Peeps are made of marshmallows……no idea why I never put two and two together. Perhaps it’s because Peeps look like they came out of some crazy nuclear experiment, with their bright neon colors and their “you kinda look like a baby chick but you don’t really look like a baby chick” shape. Making homemade Peeps was never on my radar and this is coming from a girl who wants to recreate everything at home.
Now, you might be wondering, “Why do you want to make Peeps?” or as my Dad put it when I told him what I was up to, “Wouldn’t it just be easier to buy them?” Well, there’s a very specific reason as to why I want to make Peeps and it can be summed up in one word, Boyfriend. He is obsessed with Peeps (hopefully he’s cool with me making that public knowledge…..if not….ummmmm…….sorry?). I’ve never met anyone who loves Peeps as much as he does. Until dating him, I had no idea they even made Peeps for holidays other than Easter (they make them for every holiday in case you’re curious). And to answer my Dad’s question – yes it would be a heck of a lot easier to buy them, but it’s way more fun to make them and they taste way better.
I’m not going to lie, making Peeps is a little harder than I thought it would be. I figured it would be a relatively simple process – make marshmallow, pipe marshmallow into little chicky shapes, then eat. Making the marshmallow isn’t bad. In fact, I quite like playing with hot sugar syrup and making candy at home. The tricky part of this whole making homemade Peeps business is the piping. These guys can be a wee bit difficult to pipe out. My first batch had more “bad” chicks than “good” ones. However, after some practice, I finally got the hang of it and my second batch was much more successful. They might not look exactly like the store-bought ones, but they look close enough and the taste more than makes up for their appearance.
To make my Peeps, I worked off of two different recipes. I found that the The Los Angeles Times had the best recipe for marshmallow, so I combined that with some very minor tweaks and tips on technique from a recipe on About.com. I’m pretty pleased with the final result. With Easter coming up, these are the perfect treat to make and surprise your friends and family with – they’ll probably be pretty impressed as well!