Okay, I know.. I know.. Easter is far behind us. Nobody actually has leftover Easter candy hanging around at this point, right? Maybe?
Well, even if you don’t, consider these ideas for next year (or run out and get some PEEPS for 90% off somewhere, I guess).
I was on D Living last week, showing off some leftover PEEPS recipes. Here’s what I came up with:
Pretty simple. Graham cracker, chocolate, PEEP. Melt and smoosh as desired. BONUS! Use leftover chocolate easter candy for the chocolate. I beheaded a chocolate bunny for mine, but you could also get creative and use Hershey’s Kisses, M&Ms, even try it with Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
If you’re going to do this in the microwave, just be sure to keep a close eye on your PEEP. It only took about 9 seconds in mine before it puffed up really big. STOP IT WHEN IT DOES THAT. Because, you know, PEEP explosions are not fun to clean up.
PEEPS Fruit Salad
This is a recipe I adapted from a traditional 5 Cup Fruit Salad recipe I found on KraftRecipes.com.
1 can pineapple chunks, drained
1 can mandarin orange slices, drained
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup cut up PEEPS
I substituted Greek yogurt for the sour cream because I basically use Greek yogurt for everything. I used cut up PEEPS in place of mini marshmallows. It’s easiest to cut them up using kitchen scissors. 1 row of PEEPS (5) equals a cup.
Mix all the ingredients together. Super simple, and surprisingly really good. I would only recommend the yellow PEEPS for this one because the colors do tend to bleed just a little, and I think any other color would look… gross.
PEEPS Colored & Layered Rice Krispie Treats
PEEPS are just marshmallows on crack, so you can use them just like marshmallows in recipes (in case that hasn’t been clear up to this point). These colored and layered Rice Krispie Treats were made with 4 colors of PEEPS.
The bottom layer is supposed to be purple, but I only used 5 PEEPS to make it, and the color was really light. I decided to use 7 PEEPS for the other layers, and that helped boost the color a lot without making it too gooey. For each layer, combine the following:
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium/low heat
Add 7 PEEPS of one color and stir until melted
Add 1.5 cups of Rice Krispies
Stir until incorporated
Press into a buttered round cake pan
Then start all over with the next color, and press that layer on top of the previous layer. Continue doing this until you’ve got as many layers as you desire, or your pan is full. Let cool, then flip it out onto your serving plate or cake stand. To top, add PEEP dust! That’s just the leftover sugar at the bottom of the PEEPS boxes.
Here’s my D Living segment where I had a great time cutting off the heads of PEEPS and bunnies to demonstrate all these yummy recipes.