Homemade Marshmallow Chicks

Peep, Peep!

You know how much I love making (and eating!) homemade marshmallows. So would you be surprised to learn that I don’t like those famous marshmallow Peeps? I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a whole one, not even as a kid. I tried really hard to like them when I was young, I really did. But I always ended up trading them off for somebody else’s Easter basket confections. Probably for some chocolate marshmallow bunnies. Much more my style.

Easter – 1974

Can you see the yellow Peeps in my basket?!

 

So, in an attempt to make up for lost time…I’ve come up with a way that guarantees my own indulging in some yellow chicks this spring. Homemade Marshmallow Chicks. Aren’t they adorable?! I dipped them in white chocolate, tinted a springy yellow. Then, per Tessa’s request for some feathers, I sprinkled them with a bit of yellow sugar. Adding some little blue eyes and glossy orange feet, we birthed a whole flock of sweet little chicks.

Now these are my kind of Peeps!

 

Homemade Marshmallow Chicks

Ingredients

    for the marshmallows:
  • powdered sugar, for coating pan
  • 2/3 c. water, divided
  • 3 (1/4 oz.) envelopes unflavored gelatin (found by the Jell-O at the grocery store)
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. light corn syrup
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • for the white chocolate coating and decoration:
  • 6 oz. good quality white chocolate (You could also use candy melts, which is a little sturdier, but not as tasty.)
  • yellow candy coloring (not icing coloring)
  • yellow tinted sugar
  • small round blue nonpareils
  • for the glaze icing for the chick's feet and beak:
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 T. milk
  • 1/2 T. light corn syrup
  • orange icing coloring

Preparation

for the marshmallows:

Lightly spray the inside of an 9'' x 13'' pan with cooking spray. Generously coat with powdered sugar and set aside.

Pour 1/3 cup of the water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and stir briefly to incorporate. Let stand for about 10 minutes, or until the gelatin has softened.

In a saucepan, off the heat, combine the remaining 1/3 cup of water and the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Place the pan over medium-high heat. Clip a candy thermometer on the inside of the pan, making sure it doesn’t touch the bottom. Cook the mixture without stirring until it reaches 240°. Brush down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush, dipped in water, to gently wipe away any sugar crystals.

With your mixer on low speed, very carefully add the hot syrup to the softened gelatin. Add the vanilla and increase the speed to medium-high. The mixture will start out clear, but quickly turns very white. Beat for about 8 minutes, or until the marshmallow gets very thick and sticky, and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, in string-like pieces. This will really give your mixer a workout.

Spread the mixture into the prepared pan using a lightly oiled spatula. With wet hands, press the batter evenly into the corners of the pan. Just keep rewetting your hands to help with the stickiness. Set aside for at least 1 hour, or until the mixture is firm and cool.

Run a wet knife around the edge of the cooled pan to loosen the marshmallow. Remove the marshmallow from the pan, onto a sheet of parchment paper.

Dip your small chick-shaped cookie cutter (mine measures 1" wide by 1-1/2" tall) into a shallow bowl of water and then cut the slab of marshmallow into chick shapes. This is a sticky job, but just have patience. It’s worth it! It helps to dip the chick cutter into the water in between cuts. Repeat this process until the whole slab of marshmallow is cut.

for the white chocolate coating and decoration:

Using the microwave, carefully melt the white chocolate in a glass, taking special care to not let the white chocolate get too hot. It's best to partially melt the white chocolate and then just stir it until completely melted, then color with candy coloring to your liking.

Drop a marshmallow chick into the colored white chocolate and dunk with a fork to completely coat. Pick the marshmallow up with the fork, allowing excess white chocolate to drip off while lightly tapping the fork to coax more of the excess off. Then slide the fork out of the glass, scraping the underside of the tongs along the rim of the glass. This will scrape off any remaining excess white chocolate, so you don’t have a pool of it form around your chick as it cools.

Set the white chocolate coated chick on parchment paper. Then, while the coating is still wet, place a blue nonpareil for the eye and sprinkle a bit of yellow sugar on the body, staying away from the chick's feet. Let the chicks cool and completely set up on your kitchen counter. It may help to let them sit in the refrigerator for awhile.

for the glaze icing for the chick's feet and beak:

Sift the powdered sugar into a small bowl and add the milk and corn syrup. Stir until well incorporated. Then color with orange icing coloring to your liking. If the icing is too stiff, add just a little more milk. If it's too thin, add a bit of powdered sugar. Pour colored glaze icing into a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip. Pipe on a little orange beak and a line across the chick's feet. This glaze is easy to manipulate and "stretch", using a toothpick, if needed. Let dry completely.

Store in a single layer in an airtight container. The white chocolate will have a softer set than if using candy melts.

Source

Marshmallow recipe adapted from jam it, pickle it, cure it by Karen Solomon (I love, love, LOVE this book!). Glaze icing adapted from i am baker. I used this chick cookie cutter. Marshmallow Chicks concept from a farmgirl's dabbles.

If you liked these chicks, be sure to also check out my Chocolate Marshmallow Bunnies!

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103 Responses to “Homemade Marshmallow Chicks”

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    Cassie — March 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    These are awesome Brenda! I have never liked Peeps but I’m head over heels in love with how cute these are! You are so creative! :)

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    Jackie — March 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    These are absolutely adorable!!

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you!! :)

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — March 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    So totally precious! I am compelled to Pin this!

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    Becca- Cookie Jar Treats — March 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of peeps either. I’m not sure what turns me off from them. Maybe I just like my chocolate easter bunny more :)

    These little chicks are some of the cuttest things I have ever seen!And the bunnies you have at the bottom, precious <3

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 14, 2012 at 12:01 am

    My friend would love these! She always stashed away a few packages of peeps during Easter time, it was her guilty pleasure.

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    Kristin — March 14, 2012 at 2:30 am

    These are so cute. Do you think that honey can be substituted for corn Syrup?

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    Blog is the New Black — March 14, 2012 at 3:34 am

    HOW PRECIOUS!!! :)

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    the wicked noodle — March 14, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Wow, Brenda, I’m blown away!! So stinkin’ cute!!

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you, thank you!! xoxo

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 14, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Oh my goodness, these are the cutest marshmallows I’ve ever seen!! Love this!

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Katrina!

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    Mellissa — March 14, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I LOVE peeps. And now I need to attempt these, so many options for all the seasons with these.

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Mellissa, nice to hear from you! These are a fun little project, let me know if you give it a try!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — March 14, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Gorgoeous little chicks! I happen to love Peeps, and I prefer them a little on the stale side :)

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Ha! I know there are plenty of Peeps lovers out there, hope I didn’t offend anyone! But I agree with you…the staler (is that a word?!), the better. ;)

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    Cookbook Queen — March 14, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I cannot get over how adorable these are!! Way way better than the store bought kind. And I would know…I’m sort of an expert on them.

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — March 14, 2012 at 8:13 am

    You are adorable and so are these deliciously cute chicks. I do not like Peeps either. But, I cannot wait to make these!

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    Lora — March 14, 2012 at 8:57 am

    These are absolutely perfect. So adorable. Love them!

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you, Lora!

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    Megan @ Country Cleaver — March 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I burned myself out on Peeps back when I was 9 – something about making myself sick on them. BUT – that has not deterred me from my absolute love of real marshmallows, particularly ones made at home!! And not to mention that these are just flippin’ adorable and covered in chocolate to boot! Precious, just precious.

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks bunches, Megan! :)

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    Sue {Munchkin Munchies} — March 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Your chicks are “over the top” adorable! I’m smittten!

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you, Sue!

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    ingrid@morestylethancash — March 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I LOVE this! Posting it on my Facebook page.

    I never liked peeps and never bought them for my own kids. What do you do with the scraps of marshmallow when you have finished cutting out the chicks?

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      We eat the scraps plain, dusted in powdered sugar to keep them from sticking together. Or dip them in leftover white chocolate. Doesn’t matter the shape, they’re still fabulous!

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    Patsy — March 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

    VERY CUTE!!

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you, Patsy! :)

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    Jackie Thompson — March 14, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Oh I just LOVE these! I’d choose these over store bought any day~!

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you, Jackie!

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    Jerri — March 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Oh my goodness! How adorable! I’ll definitely have to do an upcoming feature on this!

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    Vicki Bensinger — March 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    OMG these are the most adorable little chicks. I can’t wait to try these. They’re going to be so much fun to make. I’ll have to share them with the kids in the lane since mine are gone.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks, Vicki – have fun!

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    Harriet — March 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    These are so cute! They remind me of the little bunny ones you had last year. I’m off to hobbycraft at the weekend so I’ll see if I can find a chick shaped cutter, this looks like the perfect way to spend the Easter band holidays.

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      I think those bunnies are still my favorite marshmallow adventure…love the marshmallow dipped in chocolate!

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    Paula — March 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    You can’t beat homemade! These are so very cute and I know that they are delicious.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — March 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    So so cute!

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you, Shelly!

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    heather — March 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Those are ridiculously cute!!!!

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Heather! :)

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    Debbie — March 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Your chicks are super cute!

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    Mom — March 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Boy, did that picture bring back lots of good memories. Can you believe that sofa?? Anyway, you
    know I love marshmallows, even the Peeps, so I’m hoping you still have a few of these stowed away
    when we visit.

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      As I was writing, looking at that picture, I could feel the texture of that sofa. I could smell that sofa. I remember tracing my fingers along its swirly design. Love you, Mom. xo

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    Maria — March 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    TOO cute!

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    Cat Davis — March 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Ummm those are just too cute. I couldn’t eat them, it would feel so wrong. lol

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    nest of posies — March 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    i can’t take the cuteness!!!

    so adorable.

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you!

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    Marialuisa — March 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I can see everything including your HAPPY FACE when you were small.
    Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing!!!
    Love from Spain
    Marialuisa

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you! :)

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    Mercedes — March 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    These are too adorable for words! Marshmallows can be a sticky mess, but cutting these cute chicks out was so worth it!

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Hi Mercedes! Thank you!!

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    Emily — March 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Truly adorable! So glad I found your blog. :)

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you, Emily – nice to meet you!

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    Karyn — March 15, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    WOW! Just found your blog through Tidy Mom and I’m loving it! I’m gonna hang out here and drool over all your yummy creations! I am so wanting to make homemade marshmallows, but I am so scared to. You make it look so easy! I’m going to pin this and save it for later! You’ve inspired me to try making my own! Thanks!

    • Brenda replied on March 15th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      So nice to meet you, Karyn – thanks for leaving a comment! I was once intimidated by marshmallows, too. But it’s so easy. Just make sure you have a reliable kitchen thermometer and a mixer!

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    Mindie — March 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    These look so professional. Love your sweet chicks. I just started a Spring contest, and you are welcome to link this post up for a chance to win some great prizes.

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    Julia — March 16, 2012 at 5:39 am

    I’m with you, the store bought peeps, blah, yuck! Homemade mashmallows are one of my top 5 all time favorite things to eat. A homemade peep coated in white chocolate and sprinkles, for reals, that’s fantastic! And yours are waaaaaay cuter!

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    michelle — March 16, 2012 at 6:05 am

    great job on these!!! so stinkin cute!

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    Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons — March 16, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty friday link party and would LOVE for you to share this!
    http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_15.html We have also included a Sugarlicious giveaway!

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    Javelin Warrior — March 16, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I love that you made these from scratch – and they turned out incredible! They’re so fluffy and vibrant in color… Thanks so much for showing how to make these and I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure following your creations…

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    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin — March 16, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I’m so glad to have discovered your blog, and I definitely plan to post this one on StumbleUpon. These are so adorable and creative! And gorgeous photos too :)

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    Alice — March 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

    OMG! This is too cute to eat!
    My girl loves marshmallow…see if I can do this for her
    Thks for sharing :)

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    Shaina — March 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    So incredibly cute, Brenda!

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    TidyMom — March 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    These are just beyond adorable Brenda!!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured you post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/spring-crafts-food/
    Have a great rest of the weekend!

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    Lindy@ItsyBitsyPaper — March 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

    These are seriously amazing! I love it. I hope you will link up to my Hippity Hop Easter Project Hop.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/03/hippity-hop-easter-project-hop.html

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    Katie — March 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    What a totally adorable idea! Personally, I really love peeps… but I’m sure these are much tastier.

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    sara — March 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    So cute! What a great idea – adorable marshmallow chicks!

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    The Happy Glut — March 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    how adorable!! =)

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    Beth @ Hungry Happenings — March 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Your marshmallow chicks are really adorable. I love marshmallows especially at Easter.

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    Ambika — March 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    OMG!! these are so cute!!! I could never eat them, I’ll only keep looking! :)

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    Pushpa — March 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Absolutely adorable.Love them.

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    Dina — March 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    too cute!

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    Melissa — March 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    These are gorgeous! I am a new follower for sure!!!! Love!!!!

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    cluttercafe — March 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Love these. So cute. I’ve made your bunnies and LOVE them!

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    Donna @ What the Dog Ate — March 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    So cute!

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    Carolyn Neeley — March 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Have you tried these with Banana Flavoring? The yellow just reminded me of bananas…but I do think I’ll try them at Easter.

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    Ariana — March 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    OMG!! they are so nice and really look delicious!!

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    Carrie's Creations — March 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

    These are so stinkin cute!! Now I wish I had a tiny chick cutter!

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    Tamara @jemofthsouth — March 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    These are too adorable! I love making homemade marshmallows too. They taste so much better than store bought. :-)

    • Brenda replied on March 25th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you, Tamara! :)

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    Ariana Cervantes — March 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Hello Beautiful i’ve tried doing the marshmallow recipe, and i thought i got it…..but after leaving it to set and cool i noticed it started bleeding :S. yeah tiny drops i thought is was the syrup :S i dont know what i did wrong….

    does it ever happened to you? i follow step by step the recipe.

    Let me know :( thank you!

    • Brenda replied on March 25th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Hello Ariana! I have made this recipe MANY times and have never seen them sweat. All I can think is…do you live where it’s very humid?

      • Ariana Cervantes replied on March 26th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

        Well… kind off i mean is not coast but not a dry weather either… i was wondering…. even though i used the exact measure you put on the recipe, the syrup i used was very liquid, so probably that also helped the sweating .
        What i noticed also is that i cant leave them out the refrigerator .. or they still sweating again… lol. hope the next time i try them, can have them better! :D

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    Cindy — March 29, 2012 at 4:31 am

    How can someone eat that – they are too cute!

    • Brenda replied on March 31st, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you, Cindy. And I have no problem eating them. They’re soft and puffy and delicious! ;)

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    Greg — April 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Brenda, Your chicks look great but I LOVE marshmallow peeps! Maybe you need a lesson on how to eat them. I like to set them out for a day or two so that they get a nice hard crust on them. Then when you chew them they make extra noise like you’re chewing on a nice piece of styrofoam. You have to push them to one side of your mouth and chew them loudly with your mouth partly open. It also helps to squint your eyes or make a funny face while doing it. Always do this in front of an audience. You should have an enhanced Peep eating experience if you follow my advice. Peeps DO NOT make good s’mores. Never, ever try this!

    • Brenda replied on April 9th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      The great thing is, I can hear your voice and see your facial expressions as I read this. You def got me to laugh out loud on this one! :) Hope you guys had a great Easter!!

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    Jackie @ La Casa de Sweets — April 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Brenda, you already know how much I love just about everything you do, but this is my favorite so far! My daughter and I both thank you :)

    • Brenda replied on April 9th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      It was really, really fun to see them made by someone else! Thank YOU, you made my day!!

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    Patricia — March 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    A-dor-able!!! Love how these look & I’m sure they taste great, too!

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