Easter is Sunday, and with it comes Easter egg hunts and Easter baskets filled with jellybeans, chocolate bunnies and Cadbury eggs. But the brightest, most colorful Easter candy is by far the marshmallow peep. Peeps are marshmallow candies decorated with pink, yellow, blue, purple and green sugar. They come in a few variations, but the most popular are their Easter Peeps, which are shaped as chicks or bunnies.
Over the weekend, Beantown Baker Jen and Megan from Delicious Dishings got together and made their own Peeps and included a step-by-step video on how to pipe the marshmallow to get that distinct Peep shape. Earlier this month, Meghan McGarry of the blog Butrcreamblondi made “glamour peeps” and covered them with edible glitter.
But Peeps are quite versatile, and there are many ways to use them besides for eating. In my high school chemistry class, my teacher put Peeps in a jar he pumped with air and tried to blow them up.
Many people have taken up using Peeps as an art medium. An article from the Boston Globe last year highlights a Peeps contest at UNH sponsored by the university’s Health Services department that challenged participants to make dioramas showing Peeps participating in healthy activities, like playing soccer, for example. CakeSpy created her own art piece with Peeps and black jelly beans to celebrate the Easter season, and a few days ago the LA Times’ Daily Dish interviewed Sandy Oxx of Maryland who creates Peep art for a yearly Peep Show fundraiser.
Easter is a great holiday to bake and eat springtime desserts, and Peeps definitely say spring with their bright pastels and their cute animal shapes. Next time you’re in the grocery store, pick up a pack and see what you can create.