Playing with Peeps

 Once a year, Peeps hit the spot, especially when you leave them out on the counter until they get a little stale.  Here’s a gourmet recipe for Peep Freaks. But first, a little Peep trivia: In 1910, Sam Born arrived in New York City from Russia and a few years later opened a small candy store he called Just Born, specializing in French chocolates. In 1932 he moved his factory to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and acquired another candy company. In 1953, the Marshmallow Peep was born; hand-made by squeezing marshmallow through a pastry tube, coating it with yellow sugar and putting the eyes on by hand. Now, the Just Born Candy Company produces over one billion Peeps a year and it takes 6 minutes to make one Peep. Each one contains 32 calories.


1 package (12 ounces) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
20 yellow Marshmallow Peeps
20 small jelly beans

      The Recipe

Melt chocolate in a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water. Meanwhile, cut a small slit in the bottom of each Peep and stuff with a jellybean (it doesn't have to be totally hidden - the sticky marshmallow will hold it in). Using a pastry brush, coat each Peep (bottom included) with chocolate, leaving just the head exposed. Allow to dry at room temperature on waxed paper.
As they were drying, I asked my family to come up with a name for my new creation. They looked at them for awhile, and decided on a name that best described what they looked like: Peep Poops.



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