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Marshmallow Peeps!

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Soft and fluffy Peeps.  Fun for all ages, and the quintessential Easter candy!  This instructable is super easy, super tasty, and perfect for anyone looking to get into candy making!  
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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~ 3 Cups Sugar
~ 1 Envelope Un-flavored gelatin
~ Liquid yellow Food Coloring
~ Gel yellow Food Coloring
~ 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
~ 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

~ Medium Saucepan
~ 2 Small Bowls
~ Measuring Cups and Spoons
~ Mixer and bowl (Stand mixer works the best, but you can use a hand mixer as well.)
~ Whisk Attachment
~ Cookie Sheet
~ Aluminum foil
~ Small sugar sieve 
~ Candy Thermometer (Make sure it is properly calibrated. Put some water on to boil and put your thermo. in. Bring the water up to boil and see what the temp. is when it starts boiling. You may have to adjust the paper inside to set boiling point to 212°F. Then you know it's ready to go.)
~ Spatula
~ Piping bags
~ 1/2 inch round tip
~ Toothpick
~ Zip top bag

Recipe yields about a dozen Peeps. 


Step 2: Colored Sugar

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~ Measure out 2 Cups of Sugar into a Zip top bag.

~ Add in a very generous dollop of the Gel Food Coloring.

~  Squish (technical term) the sugar into the food coloring.  This is going to take a little while, but make sure its thoroughly mixed.  Feel free to add as much color as you need to.  You want a nice even color.

~ Place a piece of Foil on your cookie sheet 

~ Sift the colored sugar to take out any lumps of food coloring.  Just sift it onto your cookie sheet.

~ Replace some of the sugar in the bag and spread the remainder out evenly.  Set aside.

Step 3: Candy Time!

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~ Empty envelope of Gelatin into small bowl, and add 5 Tbsp water.  Set aside.

~ Mix 1 Cup Sugar and 4 Tbsp water in saucepan.  Turn on Medium High heat.  Add Candy Thermometer and cook to Soft-Ball stage (235°F).

~ Remove from the heat, and stir in Gelatin Mixture.

~ Pour syrup into bowl of mixer and allow to cool down until it is barely warm.  


Step 4: Mix Master 9000

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~ When the syrup is barely warm, begin mixing with the whisk attachment.  Just start out on a medium speed.

~ When it stops being a clear syrup add the Vanilla Extract. 

~ Turn up the speed to high and whisk for 10 minutes.

~  After the 10 minutes, the candy will look like Marshmallow Fluff.  Add a dozen or so drops of yellow Liquid Food Color.  

~ Continue to beat until thoroughly mixed, and stop.  Clean off the whisk, and remove bowl.

Step 5: Piping

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~ Immediately fill your piping bag with marshmallow.  

~ Now for the tricky part.  

~ Begin piping your chicks onto the sugar and cookie sheet.  Hold the bag perpendicular to the sugar and squeeze.  ( From the top, or your hand will be covered in mallow.)  Make a round dollop about an inch across and pull the bag straight back towards you.  Release the pressure, give it a little twist, and pull up.  Don't worry about not getting a "perfect" Peep shape.  Peeps are made by a machine.  

~ Next we'll do the head.  Hold the bag perpendicular again, and pipe onto the body.  Move the bag forward (away from you). When you reach the front, pull up and give a little twist to make the head and beak.  

~ Sprinkle the colored sugar you saved all over the chicks.  

NOTE: I am not a pastry chef who can pipe a cake in under 5 minutes.  I did learn a neat trick though, in doing this.  After you sprinkle the sugar, you can carefully sculpt the chicks to a more desirable shape.  


Step 6: Dot Your "Eyes"

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~ In a bowl, mix about a Tbsp of Cocoa Powder and a Tsp of Water.

~ Mix well into a paste.

~ With a toothpick paint some eyes on your Peeps.

~ Store in an airtight container to keep them fresh.    

Step 7: Enjoy the spongy goodness!

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~ One thing these homemade Peeps have over the store-bought kind, is the FLAVOR!  They are delicious!  The possibilities are endless, too!  Try different shapes and colors!  You could make marshmallow snowmen, or shamrocks for St. Patty's Day.  You really could make ANYTHING with it.  Or just leave it as Fluff and use it as an Ice Cream topping.  

Have Fun!
canida4 years ago
Wow. The possibilities are endless!
Those look yummy in sam's tummy you know I love those
Greenman21 year ago
Nice
ElChick2 years ago
From one Chick to another, nice 'Ible. Congrats, bro. Didn't know you were on here. I've been lurking for years. Perhaps one day I'll post my own 'Ible.....if I ever get to the point of completing one of my numerous projects....
chickflix (author)  ElChick2 years ago
Thanks broski. I thought for sure you knew about this. This was like 2 years ago. I also did one for pop rocks. This must have impressed someone cuz they got published in the Candy eBook.
lovely. attractive.
cerney4 years ago
I made these today - for my birthday - THEY WERE GREAT!
chickflix (author)  cerney4 years ago
Thank you! I'm glad you liked them. I'm definitely sticking to these from now on. The taste is MUCH better. Happy birthday!
cargallina4 years ago
SO Beatiful!!
Look at those cute chickies! Well done!
chickflix (author)  brooklynbrownie4 years ago
Thanks!
chicopluma4 years ago
CHICKENS!!!!!!!!!
Nickelplate4 years ago
Homemade marshmallows taste so much better than store bought!
anoopkhatra4 years ago
They are SOOO Cute :)
octochan4 years ago
OMG, I saw a picture of marshmallow 'meeps', or the meeples from Carcassonne last week, and now I totally have to make them! My boyfriend and all our friends are such gaming geeks.
Excellent idea! What fun we will have on gaming nite!
They are made by machine now, but the original Peeps were made by hand. Way to carry on the tradition! :o)
geppetto4254 years ago
Did you know you can buy them on sale for like, really cheep?
These are adorable. Gotta try them. :)
Nice pun!
nachozombie4 years ago
this is sooooooo cute :DDDD i want to try...
chickflix (author)  nachozombie4 years ago
Thanks very much! Seriously, they are really good! enjoy!