Easter is hopping right around the corner, and marshmallow Peeps are popping up on store shelves everywhere. They are certainly an essential part of my annual Easter basket.
I love Peeps. All the fun of a marshmallow with a vibrant sugar coating. I bite their heads off . . . so they don’t suffer. Okay, really so I don’t have to look them in their little candy eyes. Exactly the opposite of how I consume a chocolate bunny. I don’t know why that is.
Peeps are best fresh out of a brand new package, but don’t think I won’t eat them a little stale and chewy. It also didn’t take long for me to figure out what would happen if you put one in the microwave. Try that on some ice cream or a brownie . . . or both. Have mercy!
Then one day, Easter came around and Peeps were once again plentiful. The weather was becoming fine and clear where I lived at the time, and I was buying groceries for a lovely weekend for camping. Of course, where there’s a campfire, there must be marshmallows, and where there are marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers cannot be far away. I thought to myself, “Self, what do you reckon would happen if we stuck one of them there Peeps on a stick and roasted him over the fire?” *DING-DING-DING*
I had to run a few tests right away. Microwave heat is very different that fire heat (which is much less predictable, to boot). I no longer had a gas stove (sigh), so I fired up the electric burner and contemplated the possible outcomes as I poked a long-handled fork into a marshmallow chicken. What would happen to that sugar coating? I silently prayed for carmelization.
Carefully, I positioned my peep for maximal even heat, rotating it slowly and watching for the slightest change in color or shape. The chick began to expand. It rapidly became lopsided, threatening to droop off my fork, but years of marshmallow toasting had provided enough skill to regain control just as the yellow sugar coating began to brown. Oh here we go . . . carmelize, you beautiful marshmallow. A bit of color here, a bit of color there, and away you go. Once off the heat, the sugar coating began to harden slightly . . . like the top of a creme brulee.
I have to say, this is one of my most favouritest ways to eat a Peep. The outside is crispy, the inside is melty, and it takes on a whole new flavour.
CAUTION: Count to 10 before you try to eat the Peep or you will burn your mouth. Caramelized sugar is VERY HOT but will cool off quickly.
You can make a s’more with these guys, just as you would with a regular marshmallow: sandwich the toasted Peep between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate. However, I often prefer to toast them under the oven broiler to and serve them open-faced. They are also exquisite with a little peanut butter.
How to Make a Smeep:
For each serving, place a graham cracker on a cookie sheet.
- Top each graham cracker with a square of chocolate (milk or dark) and a marshmallow Peep (bunny peeps work great for this because they are flat and brown more evenly).
- Place under a broiler for a few minutes until the chocolate softens and the top of the Peeps are slightly browned and carmelized.
- Cool slightly before eating.
Can’t get enough Peeps?
- Make your own Peeps! How-to at Twig & Thistle.
- Washington Post’s Peep Diorama Contest (2009)
- WP’s Peep Show II: Diorama Contest winners from 2008
- WP’s Peep Show I: Diorama Contest winners from 2007
- Peeps-Tastic! photo group on Flickr
- Peeps Diorama Slideshow at Asylum.com
- The official Peeps website
Fascinating… would you believe I’ve never tried S’mores, and this is the first I’ve heard of Peeps? Will have to live vicariously through your post.
Who knew that reading about Peeps could be so entertaining! You take the ordinary and make it exciting. I will definitely give Smeeps a try! 🙂
I’m surprised there are still people who have never eaten a Peep. I’ve seen recipes for making homemade peeps, but I don’t think I have the patience for that. They make Peeps for different holidays now, too. Halloween peeps are cool, but the traditional Easter Peep (chicken or bunny) is my favourite. Those shapes taste better. 😉
This is so cute! I love the Smeep!!! Are you sending this to the Peep Contest at Savor the Thyme? Here’s the link – http://savorthethyme.blogspot.com/2009/03/feed-peep-contest.html
Thanks for pointing me to the contest! I entered this post. Can’t wait to see what people do with their Peeps.
Oh, you so have to get a good Wicked Witch of the East (or was it West?) voice and say, “I’m melllllllltinnnnnnnnng” as you toast the peep!! Whohhhahaaaahhaaaaaa……………
I can’t believe you cooked a peep! I don’t know if I should be horrified or if I should run out and get peeps right now to try this. I think I’ll go with the latter. 🙂
p.s. – found you via Tastespotting. 🙂
Lol this made me laugh! What a fun idea.
Fantastic! Yes, please enter! This is great-you charred him but did not masacre it. This is a fantastic idea!
OMG, that cracked me up. I have never had a peep. That will change shortly. I got my smores fork ready to roast that little chickadee.
By the by, I make my own marshmallows with the help of good old Martha Stewart and I might just pull out the old pastry bag and pipe me some peeps just to compare the two.
Hooray! Another convert. If you make your own, I’d love to know how they come out.
love this post!! Especially the title.
I love it! Growing up I ate Peeps a box at a time… and then you could only find them at Easter… now they have them for just about every season.
Now you have shown the world what people do when they go camping!
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I promise I will let you know. Right now I am perfecting my Rice Crispy Treats with homemade marshmallows. YUMMMMMMM
See a picture here http://www.lifeinbenziecounty.wordpress.com
I included your Smeeps recipe in a post I just put up called ‘Marshmallow Peeps on the Internet – A Study’. I went around the web, found all the Peeps sites worth visiting, and put them in one place. Over 140 of them!
Thought you’d dig it! http://bit.ly/PPrO8
That is freaking brilliant.. peep smores!
smeeps! Very cool! But the last thing I need is more ways to eat peeps.
very creative. I cannot believe I have not seen this blog before. I am going to come back regularly. Thanks for the smeep! GREG
I read this at the Library. I had to smother my cackling! I love you soooo much! Turned Jessica on to toasted Peeps last year on your cue. There’s something a little bit wicked in it.
I love doing this! But I always put mine in the microwave and watch the peeps blow up!
The Colonel’s secret recipe … for Peeps?
See Finger Lickin’ Peeps.
The vast array of Peep posts on the intertoobs is amazing me. Here are a couple more: Peep Show 2009 @ Washington Post.
And a mobid but amusing 101 Ways to Kill a Peep.
Hello! I’m the web editor of Bon Appetit. We love your photo and recipe and want to link to it from our website ~ Thanks! – Emily Fleischaker, BA Web Editor
Bon Appetit? Of course you can have a Smeep!
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My pal and I made Smeeps last night with 8gr. squares of Venchi’s 85%. They were fab’. However, the poor peeps did seem to meltingly capsize before the chocolate was in a matching state, so I’ll have to try again. Shucky darn! We thought we’d invented the term. Thanks for a flavorful, (and funny,) “piece de marshmallow.”
O Marcella I haven’t heard anybody say “shucky darn” in so long it made me lol! And yeah, darker chocolate doesn’t hit the melt point at the same time it seems, but hey… you can still eat all your practice smeeps! Thanks for stopping by.
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