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Now for the Peeps Week finale… Rocky Road Peeps Fudge

PEEPS-FUDGE

I mentioned the other day that sometimes I approach recipes using the wing it technique.  This project, another late night special that had to be ridiculously simple, was no different.  Remember, I am having fun with Peeps, not auditioning for a show on the Food Network. Using the verybestbaking.com Super Easy Rocky Road fudge recipe, I substituted Marshmallow Peeps for the mini marshmallows and ended up with this awesome Rocky Road Peeps Fudge.

 

Here is the recipe that delivered this super easy creamy fudgy awesomeness.

2 cups of semi sweet morsels

1-14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

3 cups Chopped Marshmallow Peeps

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts.

 
All you have to do is put the morsels and condensed milk in a large microwaveable bowl. Yes, I used the microwave–judge if you will. Microwave on high for a minute and stir the mixture until the chips are melted. Then add the vanilla, chopped Peeps and chopped nuts and stir. Truth be told, I felt a little guilt when I was chopping the Peeps, which I find confusing because how is that different from sinking your teeth into them?

The mixing part was not exactly smooth, because the fudge mixture was so jam packed with fixins that it looked like I had completely fouled up the fudge. What started out looking like a bowl full of Peeps and nuts that someone accidentally added a little fudge to, ended up looking like fudge after all. The original recipe suggests a 9×13 pan, but I used an 8×8 glass pan lined with parchment. I poured the mixture in and smoothed it as much as it permitted with a spatula. I placed a second piece of parchment on top and smoothed the top of the fudge by pressing down with my hand.

I left the fudge in the refrigerator overnight and this morning, it tasted great. It was probably a huge parenting misstep to slice it up and let my kids taste it at 8:30 this morning while I was photographing it. Because I am not sure that the nearly three year old brain understands that fudge after breakfast is a one time thing. I guess I will work that struggle out when it presents itself.

Happy end of Peeps Week 2014, we made it. I must confess that I have at least 10 unopened packages of Peeps left. Any suggestions?

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Peep Week continues with a Chocolate Peep Shake Recipe…sort of…

yummy-2What do you get when you combine 5 marshmallow Peeps, a couple scoops of chocolate ice cream and a generous splash of milk?  You get a yummy Chocolate Peep Shake–it is a wonderful marriage of chocolatey goodness and creamy peepness. Hey, it is Peep Week, I’m allowed to make up Peep words too!

Adapted from a few recipes I found online, this shake is super simple because at 10:15 pm complicated is absolutely off limits. Consider yourself warned that I made this milkshake the same way I make my meatballs, by sight and taste. It is not easy to pass on a recipe, but the meatballs are great!

First, put 5 marshmallow Peeps on a cookie sheet and place them under your oven broiler for 1-2 minutes until they are toasted. I actually burned the tips of the blue Peeps I chose, but they worked well anyway. Let them cool for about 10 minutes.

Put the Peeps into the blender, followed by a 2-3 scoops of chocolate ice cream. Add a splash of milk and blend for a minute or so until it is mixed together and a creamy texture. Pour the mixture into your favorite glass, top with a Peep and enjoy!

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PS. As you might be imagining, Peep Week is dwindling faster than my huge stack of Peeps…

Here’s the Peep Scoop!

ROLLING-STONEAs I was doing my Peep Week research, I learned that I have so much to learn.  Last year, I thought that I uncovered the mother load when I discovered that an entire store dedicated to Peeps exists. This year, I parked at the computer again, confident that there were Peep developments over the year. I was right, I found out some cool new things about Peeps of which I had no idea.

The first Peep thing I learned this year was that Yankee Candles created a 2014 limited edition Peeps Marshmallow Chicks scented candle. Okay, sure, they also made a chocolate bunny and a bunny cake candle as well, but am I the only person who doesn’t even know what a bunny cake is??? Apparently the Marshmallow Chicks Candle was popular, because I was on the phone with the Yankee Candle store a solid two weeks before Easter and they were already sold out. Next year, I’m there!

Second, I don’t remember seeing Peeps Minis last year. According to the product description, they are Peeps for all year round. Peep Minis are bite sized, come in a package of 24 in 4 different flavors Chocolate Creme, Vanilla Creme and Strawberry Creme and Sour Watermelon. Chocolate creme, without a doubt, Vanilla Creme, slightly less enthusiastic, but enthusiastic nonetheless. Strawberry Creme, well if they’re Peeps, I’d give them a try.  But Sour Watermelon…I fear they may have jumped the Peep Shark on that one.   I won’t rush to judgment though, I will do some information gathering over the next year and report back!

My third item is something that may or may not be new for the season, but it well worth mentioning–and like everything else I write about here,  it comes with a story. My dear relative who was in charge of getting the Peeps for Easter was discussing the bounty that he had brought with him that day.  We’ll call him Uncle Ron to protect his identity.  As I unpacked the bag with the wide assortment of peeps in several different colors, we chatted.  Uncle Ron casually mentioned that as he was shopping for Peeps, he saw Chocolate Mousse Peeps.

I continued emptying the bag, as we talked, expecting to see this unique flavor of Peeps inside.  But they weren’t there.  Uncle Ron didn’t get them.  He saw Chocolate Mousse Peeps on a store shelf, and he chose regular orange colored Peeps instead.  Really?  I was stunned.

He was so casual about it.  But, at the time, it was like hearing someone say, “yesterday I saw Bigfoot and I had my camera out, but I didn’t take a picture.”  Clearly not every branch of my family tree is as wacky about Peeps. And honestly, this may not be a bad thing.  Perspective, Jill, get a little perspective would ya?

Finally, it’s fortunate that Peep Week happened in May, because this one came after Easter. A Peeps Movie is in the works, yes you heard me, a MOVIE about Marshmallow Peeps!  How and why did I not know about this? Have I been living under a rock? I try to make sure I hit CNN.com on a daily basis, and this is certainly a headline grabber isn’t it? I am not sure how this breaking news escaped me, but it’s true–it was even written about in Rolling Stone. Could we see a Peep on the Cover of Rolling Stone? Because that’s when you’ve really made it, right? When you’re…on the Cover of the Rolling Stone…
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That day, my word was more important than my wallet…

One day in early April, I was preparing for a conference where I would show my babygiftsandgoodies.com merchandise.  A totally new experience for me, I needed to assemble shelves and other items to display my cuddly treasures.  As with any of my weekday adventures, my children were in tow. 

Riding in the stroller like a pair of champs, I dragged my kids through store after store.  Overall, they were pretty patient as I wrapped it up in our final stop.  As we navigated the aisles, my daughter mentioned Peeps.  I felt an immediate sense of pride in my daughter.  It was the pride a parent feels when his or her children carry on a tradition, and I smiled immediately for my brainwashing success.  My children know what Peeps are!

I had not seen exactly what my daughter was talking about, so I asked the kind of basic questions that you would ask a toddler and arrived at the obvious conclusion that she wanted the box of Peeps.  It seemed like a no brainer.  “Of course you can have the Peeps,” I said.  “If you can show me where they are before we leave, I will get you the Peeps.”

 We continued on our way, gathering what I needed.  As I finished my shopping, I wanted to honor my word, and buy the Peeps that I had promised.   I pushed the stroller through the aisles, asking my daughter where she had seen them.  Eventually we arrived in an area with candy, and I saw the unexpected.  It was a giant box of Peeps with a rainbow assortment of the fluffy marshmallow chicks—six colors in total.  It was a sixteen dollar box of Peeps—I had no idea such a thing existed.  But, I decided that a promise was a promise.

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Peep Week 2014–My Peeps Runneth Over

A few weeks ago, the day before Easter to be precise, I made the decision to postpone Peep Week.  Life was kicking up in full force and it was not possible to be in it and write about it at the same time.  It wasn’t a difficult decision.  I announced it on my blog, it was public, and it was done.  And I let it go… for less than 24 hours.  Because, as I did my  Easter grocery shopping, I realized that several stores had sold out of Peeps, and I had not stocked up for the Peep Week projects that I had yet to discover.  How was I going to try new  and exciting Peep recipes and have Peep Week without any Peeps?  What if I found a really great recipe that required 4 boxes of Peeps, and I only had three?

 I panicked.  At two separate stores, I bought about at least 4 packages of Peeps.  Looking back, it was a blur.  I took what was available, even buying a package of purple bunnies–just in case. 

 And on Easter, when there is usually an annual dispute at day’s end over who will take home the remainder of the candy, I announced that I would take all of the Peeps.  I was not thinking clearly.  I was acting like an irrational Peep version of a doomsday prepper.  In my head, my fear of “not enough” was looming large.  To help sustain my silly worry, the Peeps that I had accumulated ended up in three different spaces, so they didn’t look like very much.  It wasn’t until I took them out of the bags and put them in one place that I saw what I had done.

Peeps anyone?

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 It must be said that despite what probably looks like an excessive obsession as I yammer on about the glory of Peeps, my average seasonal Peep consumption is about 6-8 Peeps total.  Feel free to do the math and tell me how long I’ll be up to my ears in Peeps.

On second thought, after gathering some pertinent data, it seems like I have more time than I thought…

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Maybe I’ll volunteer to bring the Peeps next year!

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Sometimes, I drop the ball…

 

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So, maybe you’re sitting there wondering what the heck happened to Peep Week 2014.  Maybe you’ve been going on with your busy life and you haven’t even noticed–even better.  Well, here’s what happened.  This week, the unexpected events of life arrived in a major way.  It’s getting better, but between work and family, I just couldn’t juggle everything.  Sadly, Peep Week 2014 was the casualty.

And now I’ll bet you’re left wondering if you will  have to wait an entire calendar year to experience the high level of excitement that is Peep Week. (Probably not, just play along with me here, okay?)

Well, I’m here to say, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Peep Week.”  Peep Week 2014 will happen over the course of the next week or so.

What can you expect?   You’ll get the same silly posts dedicated to the marshmallowy wonder of all that is Peep.  I know you would expect nothing less.  Stay tuned!

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Peeps Week Delayed Grand Finale

Well, Peeps Week was tremendous fun.  The following week was not so fun which is why the grand finale is appearing a full week after intended.  The final day of Peeps week ended with a bang in terms of a really bad stomach virus that put one of my kiddos out of commission for a full week.  Ugh, so hard to watch a little guy be so uncomfortable.

But, as promised, here is the last treat from Peeps Week, courtesy of Terri’s Peep Hut.  The recipe was simple, basically mashed sweet potatoes spread out in a baking pan.

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Peeps and Sweet Potatoes before baking

Peeps and Sweet Potatoes after baking

Peeps and Sweet Potatoes after baking

And here is how it looked after baking.  I have to say this was pretty tasty.  I look forward to next year already, sans the sick little one.

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And then there was the Peeps Peach Fizz!

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Peeps Peach Fizz

So today I mixed it up a little with the Peeps Peach Fizz from the recipe on the Marshmallow Peeps site.  And I was not sorry!  I used whipped cream instead of whipped topping and because of the season, canned peaches to make the peach puree.

I’ll admit I’m not the best at making the crushed ice the way it should be, but I didn’t have any complaints.  I will definitely be making this Peach Fizz again.  And I feel disloyal to the Peeps for saying this, but it would be good without the Peep too!

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Marshmallow Peeps S’mores…mmmmm

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Peeps S’mores Image

Next, I thought I’d try an idea that I saw on Pinterest, the Peeps S’more.  All day, I looked forward to this little treat, a combination of some of my favorite concepts…s’mores and Peeps.  Does it get any better?

Not being in a campfire situation, I improvised and used kabob skewers and my stove top.  I have some ironic guilt about running a skewer through a defenseless Peep considering that I am fine biting them and popping them into my mouth.   But, all things considered, this splash of guilt did nothing to derail my mission.

Then there’s the dilemma of which end to toast.  Do I toast their heads, or heinies?  Turns out, toasting both ends was a good idea to get the most melted marshmallow and then the most melted chocolate.

My Peeps S’mores were pretty average looking compared to the image from Pinterest.  But their taste quickly made up for what they lacked in presentation.  They were like s’mores, but with that little extra something– maybe it’s that coating of sugar that takes it to the next level, it clearly doesn’t hurt.  Peep on!

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Peeps and Hot Chocolate, Mmmmmmm.

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Hot Chocolate with Peeps

So, as far as integrating Peeps into my diet on Peeps Week, I started simply.  And naively, I thought that Peeps in hot chocolate would be just like adding marshmallows.  Oh how little I know.

The Peeps added a little extra sweetness to my drink.  They  melted softer than marshmallows and had a slightly different taste.  I must admit that I felt a little guilty watching the little guys roll over and over in the hot liquid, but I did my best not to make eye contact.

As I savored my hot chocolate, I wondered to myself  (and now out loud) what took me so long???

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