Peeps are a traditional candy the Easter Bunny brings on Easter! Make this Peeps Recipe – Raiding the Carrot Patch Peeps Pudding to add a little something extra to your Easter Baskets! Your kids will go as wild as these bunnies for this delicious treat.
Whether you love or hate eating marshmallow Peeps, there is no denying they are fun to add to edible and inedible crafts for Easter. I personally love the sugar coated marshmallow bunnies and chicks, and haven’t gone without them a single Easter as long as I can remember.As a kid, I found them unwrapped, stale and sticking to the grass in my basket every year, but that didn’t keep me from eating them, it actually, made me appreciate the aged, chewy and crunchy Peeps even more than those fresh out of the box.
My passion for Peeps escalated back in 2003 when I created this Peeps on the Farm in Ohio basket, for a contest that Just Born, the maker of Peeps, hosted. My creation was almost completely edible and it was clever enough to win my home state division for which I was awarded a year’s supply of the marshmallow treats.
Guess what? You can win Peeps too, just for entering a giveaway (details at the end of the post,) as part of a Spring Hop Along Peeps Party. Twenty three incredibly talented bloggers have joined forces to create some spectacular projects using Peeps and I was invited to join in on the fun.
My affinity for Peeps made creating an edible craft for this party super easy. I found my inspiration from a project I created last Easter.
I knew when I made my popular Ravenous Rabbit Cupcakes that they required a crazy amount of work. I’m positive many more people enjoyed looking at these cute cupcakes than actually made them. Each dessert used dozens of candy carrots and a cute little bunny butt created out of modeling chocolate. I figured using Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies and fewer carrots would help simplify this idea, so hopefully more of you will actually re-create these for dessert this Easter.
These simplified desserts are still totally cute, don’t you think?Each bunny is nestled in a bowl of chocolate pudding that is topped with crushed chocolate cookies and once filled with some carrots resembles a garden that has been invaded by the bunny.
This idea could also be used on a cupcake or a bowl of chocolate mousse. You could even create an entire garden filled with carrots and bunnies on a brownie or cake.
Peeps Recipe – Raiding the Carrot Patch Peeps Pudding
white modeling chocolate (find recipe here)
orange and green food coloring
Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies
2 candy eyes per bunny
1 pink sugar pearl (round candy sprinkle) per bunny
1 white heart shaped sprinkle per bunny
corn syrup (to use as edible glue)
dessert dishes filled with your favorite chocolate pudding
crushed chocolate cookies (about one cookie per pudding)
Before you begin, if you need detailed instructions and trouble shooting tips for working with and coloring modeling chocolate read my Chocolate Making Tips page, here.
Pinch off and color some modeling chocolate green. Color a larger amount orange. Pinch off pea size pieces of orange and roll into balls. Then roll into carrot shapes. Pinch off tiny pieces of green and roll into very thin logs. Cut into 1/4″ or so pieces. Use a toothpick to create a hole in each carrot. Dab a bit of corn syrup into each hole. Insert a green log into each carrot. Flatten and cut the green to look like leaves. Use a knife to make indentations across each carrot, if desired.
Your Peeps already have faces, and if you choose, you can skip the steps of adding decorations to the faces, but I like the more expressive faces and the buck teeth. If you do too, then use the backside of each Peep to create the new face.
Use corn syrup as glue to attach two candy eyes and one pink sugar pearl for a nose to each bunny. Break off the tip of each white candy heart to make buck teeth for your bunnies. Add them just under the pink nose.
Use a skewer or toothpick to poke a hole for the mouth in each bunny. Dip the tip of a modeling chocolate carrot into corn syrup. Press it into the mouth.
Fill a dessert cup with pudding, add some edible cookie crumb dirt, nestled in a decorated bunny, and add more modeling chocolate carrots. Then serve.
These festive Easter desserts can even be made ahead, and kept in the refrigerator. I don’t normally refrigerate modeling chocolate as it can develop condensation, but these carrots are so small, you don’t really notice it. I’ve had my Peeps Pudding in the refrigerator for three days and they still look great.As I finished writing this post, I couldn’t help myself, but I had to raid the carrot patch myself. I just finished gobbling up one of these dessert cups and to my surprise found the Peeps to be really soft. They taste just like they do right out of the package. I guess the next time, I’ll have to let the Raiding the Carrot Patch Peeps Pudding Cup sit out for a while so my Peeps get a bit more chewy and crunchy, just they way I like ’em.
How do you prefer your Peeps? Whether fresh and soft or stale and chewy, you’ll be happy to win your own prize pack of Peeps.
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Items used to make this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)