Earlier this year we made homemade marshmallows, and they were AMAZING! Well I have wanted to try making homemade peeps ever since I saw Martha Stewart do it way back in 2001! Shesh, has it really been that long?! Good grief!
Since the marshmallows turned out so good, and pretty easy, we took the plunge!
We used Martha’s recipe and her technique as well.
We used Pearl Dust to color the sugar. Mr. Steam was very dubious that it would work. But the colors turned out pretty good. I got pink and blue. Then we mixed some of the sugar to make purple.
After we made the pipping marshmallow, the Mini-Steams had fun helping, er, clean up.
Then while I was piping the peeps they wanted to see how it tasted. So of course I had to oblige! They decided it was even better than squirting Reddi-wip in their mouth.
Here are the peeps before eyes. They looked like something out of a Tim Burton movie. Mr Steam thought we should make a stop motion movie and call it Peep-le-juice.
After the eyes were added they looked better, but still very Burtonesque.
By the way, this is the one place we diverged from Martha’s instructions. I thought it was silly to make a batch royal icing just for about a teaspoon worth of eyes. So I melted some chocolate chips in the microwave and used a toothpick to add the eyes.
I think they are cute though. And definitely worth the effort. They taste sooo much better than store bought.
Just ask the Mini-Steams! (And no it wasn’t warm enough here for swimsuits today, but the kids found them while cleaning their rooms and just HAD to wear therm.)