Momma Told Me: I bet I can get you to love it!
PEEPS, you love 'em, or you hate 'em.
I won't try to sway your opinion either way. I know the line is drawn pretty thick. If you love them, you likely stockpile during the after Easter clearance sales, only to forget you had them until sometimes in Fall, when you relive the season all over again. If you don't care for them, you probably still buy them to stuff in the kid's Christmas Stockings, adorn Halloween gingerbread houses, or generally feel festive. After all, there's no denying these little marshmallow fluffs are their own icon, a symbol of holiday traditions and warm memories. But, based on which side of the fence you fall, you may or may not know that Peeps are much more than sugar coated chicks and bunnies. Not only do Peeps come in a rainbow of hues and shapes, but unique flavors as well. One of my personal favorites? Raspberry Chocolate Dipped Peeps hearts around Valentine's Day.
Peeps and Company brand through a base brick and mortar store, and online gift shop. The 'Company' refers to the wide range of popular candy brands under Just Born, the Peeps parent company. Online at Peeps and Company you'll find an array of gifts for fans young and old, including Hot Tamales, Mike and Ike, and Peanut Chew. While you're there, also be sure to check out the seasonal and specialty Peeps like the Halloween Chocolate Mousse Spooky Cats! We received some popular tween merchandise for Sabrina (10), including a Jumbo Peeps eraser, Peeps (Pop Art Style) Microbead Pillow, branded Socks Gift Set and Scented Nail Polish Trio. It won't take a genius to guess which the young girl quickly became excited over- the nail polish. However, the micro bead pillow proved generously sized and great for lounging in front of the TV or snuggling with during video games.
Scented Nail Polish gift set sells for a mere $5.90 on the Peeps and Company Site right now and, in my humble opinion, would make the perfect stocking stuffer during the upcoming holidays. I was skeptical of how much it would smell like the various fruits (Watermelon, Strawberry, Cotton Candy), rather than nail polish, but we were pleasantly surprised. This lacquer applied with one coat, great for young kids, and had a nice fruity smell even after drying. And, of course, the bright neon colors are perfect for young girls, and young girls at heart.
Whether I've inspired you to splurge in the Peeps and Co shop, or simply give Peeps a chance as an ingredient (rather than decoration), I'm sure you can see Peeps are much more than an iconic marshmallow!
What Daughter Says: Experience Peeps in a whole new light with creative recipes substituting them for regular mallows.
One Momma Told Me reader will win a Peeps and Company prize bundle consisting of Peeps One Hot Chick Scented Nail Polish Trio, Microbead Pillow, Youth Sleep Pants, Giant Eraser, Print Socks, and Peeps! Keep reading after the jump for Peeps Mallow Squares recipe.
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Peeps Marshmallow Squares
***Click for printable marshmallow squares recipe.
* 10 Cups Trix, or other round grain, Cereal
* 4 TBS Butter
* 3C Peeps of Choice
1.) Place the butter and half marshmallows in a double boiler, or heat safe bowl atop a pot with 2" of boiling water. As Peeps begin to melt to entirety, add remaining Peeps, stirring constantly until consistency is even (free of lumps).
2.) Mix in cereal and stir with a wooden spoon. Transfer to a heat safe bowl to complete combining. Greasing your hands and hand mixing may enable better mallow distribution. Keep in mind mix will be hot- do not do this over the stove.
3.) Press into a pre-greased 9" x 13" or 11" x 11" pan. Top with Peeps mallows if desired. Allow to cool fully, or chill 15-20 minutes in fridge. Cut into even squares and serve. Wrap in foil and refrigerate extra squares individually for best preservation.