I have very fond memories of the Easter holiday from my youth. I miss the excitement of waking up Easter morning and racing my sister to the front door where the Easter Bunny left our baskets. Each year the baskets got better and better.
One year the Easter Bunny brought me a basket made out of solid chocolate – including the handle. The only non-edible thing in that basket was the grass and the packaging for some of the treats that were inside. Sadly, when I was taking it downstairs into the playroom (where I spent most of my time) I slipped and fell down the stairs, making the basket fall on the floor and shatter into a million pieces. I never had the change to enjoy it.
Easter was no Easter without a basket that contained marshmallow PEEPS. They were a staple in every Easter basket. My husband’s Easter was the same way. He never had a basket that didn’t contain PEEPS.
PEEPS have come a long way over the years. They used to come in bunnies and chicks in just a few colors (white, pink, yellow…). Now they are available in a rainbow of colors, a variety of flavors and even ones dipped in chocolate.
PEEPS are no longer just for Easter. PEEPS are available year round for most major holidays (Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Halloween…).
Here are some fun “creations” and recipes I have made over the years using PEEPS.
I think most people still think of PEEPS as an Easter thing. I went so far as to create an Easter basket made out of PEEPS. I think it turned out really good. Everyone who saw it loved it.
It was so easy to make and you can make one quickly and easily too. Why spend money on a pre-made basket from the local drug store when you can create something fun (and edible!) like this.
Pick up large PEEP packages (any flavor/variety). Tape them together (using clear tape) to form a “box” shape (four sides and one on the bottom). Then fill with “grass” (I used edible grass) and other treats.
I found the cutest plastic eggs at the local dollar store that looked like chicks. I filled them with jelly beans.
The plush PEEP bunny can be purchased from the Peep store. There you can find a fun array of PEEP related products including toys, home decor and of course PEEPS you can eat. PEEPS can also be found at many retail locations around the country.
I have a special discount code for the PEEPS store too. Keep reading for the code.
Here is the basket that I made.
A fun thing you can do with the plush PEEPS toys are to use them like you would an “Elf on a Shelf.” Pick up a PEEP bunny or chick and place it in different spots around your home. Tell your child/grandchild that he (or she) is keeping their eye on them, looking for good behavior, so they can report back to the Easter Bunny.
PEEPS are not only for crafts and recipes, they can also be used as an educational and science “tool.”
I am a big fan of Pinterest and I check out the site a few times each day. I came across a lot of super cool ideas that utilize PEEPS. I even found some that are great for STEM activities.
I also found some PEEP activities on the Teachers Pay Teachers website. One in particular looked like it could be fun for the kindergarten class I work with. It involved having the kids take home a PEEP (I was going to put them in snack sized bags to protect them) and taking care of the PEEP all week and documenting things (mostly drawing since the kids can’t really write yet). It reminded me of when my daughter had to take home a fake baby for her home economics class and write a report about it.
Sadly a health issue popped up that prevented me from following through with this activity. In fact, I had planned on doing a whole post about it.
If you are interested in learning more about what I had in mind you can find it here – PEEP Day: It’s a PEEP thing. You can also do a search on the site for more PEEP activities.
PEEPS are so much more than a fun treat.
I am also truly amazed at how far PEEPS have become. They keep coming up with mouth-watering new flavors.
Years ago I would have told you that PEEPS were a “kid” treat. Not anymore! PEEPS are for anyone who loves marshmallows. PEEPS are just as much for adults as they are for children. My husband and I love them I think more than our kids to (LOL). Our kids are 17 and 20 and they still enjoy them as much as they did when they were little.
It’s hard not to love those sweet, colorful, adorable bunnies and chicks.
PEEPS are available in flavors such as Sour Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, Fruit Punch and Party Cake. They also available in “dipped” flavors such as Coconut, Orange, Lemon, Blueberry and Chocolate Mousse.
If someone wee to ask me what my favorite PEEP flavor is, it would be hard to pick just one. I like them all, but a few stand out to me the most including Party Cake, Sour Watermelon, and Orange Dipped.
If you are a fan of all things PEEPS then you’ll want to check out the PEEPS online at MarshmallowPEEPS.com. You can also check out their online store for A LOT of fun PEEPS products (pillows, plush, blankets…) and more at PEEPSandCompany.com. There you can also learn about other brands under the PEEPS “umbrella” including Mike & Ike, Hot Tamales and Peanut Chews. On both sites you can find more fun recipes and craft ideas using PEEPS.
You can save 25% off your order on the PEEPSandCompany.com website using the discount code “eastertreats.”
What is YOUR favorite PEEP? What do you like to do with them? Do you eat them, use them in recipes or something else? Feel free to share your thought in the comment section. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.