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Holidays are always “sweeter” with PEEPS & COMPANY® & DIY Easter Basket/Centerpiece

 

Easter

One of my favorite photos of our son at Easter time.

Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays, behind Christmas and Halloween.

I still remember the excitement of waking of Easter morning and rushing downstairs to our front door to see what goodies the Easter Bunny brought me.

One year the Easter Bunny brought me a SOLID chocolate Easter basket filled with candy. Even the handles were made out of solid chocolate. Sadly I dropped it when walking down the stairs in my home. It shattered into a million pieces. I know some people would think it was still OK to eat (“5 second rule”) but we had a house full of pets and it was a high traffic area (people walked in that area all day long). There was no way to rescue it. All that was left for me to enjoy were the wrapped candies.

Every year I would find PEEPS® Chicks or Bunnies in my Easter basket. No Easter basket could be complete without them. My husband feel the same way. Even when my kids were little their Easter baskets always included PEEPS® .

I love how PEEPS® have evolved over the years. There used to be a time there were only Chicks and Bunnies, and you could only really find PEEPS® around Easter. These days you can find PEEPS® year round (yeah!) and they are available in different shapes, colors and flavor. They even come dipped in chocolate. Yummy!!!

Mini-Peeps

PEEPS & COMPANY® have plenty of great options to stuff your child (or grandchild’s) Easter basket with. They were kind enough to send me some of their products to review.

5-inch PEEPS® Plush: Spread the joy of PEEPS® when you give this plush PEEPS® chick as a gift to those of any age (assortment of colors).

I have a couple of these. They are so cute! They can be used as a holiday decoration or enjoyed year round. They are very soft and cuddly.

PEEPS® earbuds: If you need a sweet bit of time to yourself, let your favorite yellow PEEPS® Chick take you away with your favorite music through these PEEPS® earbuds. Get a dose of stress relief, in stereo, every time you put them on and crank up the tunes!

We have a set of these earbuds. I am not a fan of earbuds (I prefer the over the head earphones) but my kids like these. I am holding on to them for the next time one of my kids needs new earbuds (they go through the quickly).

PEEPS® luggage tag: From candy to cute accessory, these PEEPS® luggage tags add a pop of color and whimsy to your gear (assortment of colors).

Super cute! My luggage is buried in the basement (we don’t travel often) but the next time we did it out I am attaching this to my bag. I love the shape and color.

Orange PEEPS

PEEPS® Orange Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge: These three Chicks are orange delight flavored and dipped in orange fudge to enhance the flavor. Share them with your friends or keep them for yourself!

Normally the thought of orange and chocolate sounds kind of gross, however it really is a great flavor combination. Only the bottom are dipped in fudge so you get the flavorful marshmallow with a touch of fudge.

PEEPS

PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks: The five and 15 count packages of the iconic PEEPS® Chicks are available in classic Easter colors including yellow, pink, blue, lavender, green, and orange Chicks! The 10 count package of Chicks is available in all of the classic Easter colors as well as white.

PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies: The four count bunnies come in classic yellow, pink and blue colors. The 12 count bunnies come in classic colors as well as lavender, white, green and orange. The 16 count are packaged in classic colors plus lavender and green.

PEEPS® Decorated Eggs: Nine white eggs iced with pastel colors in 3 unique designs, these eggs are great for recipes, crafts and immediate consumption.

These are really cute.

Party Cake

PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks: Ten delicious vanilla cake flavored marshmallow chicks sprinkled with fun rainbow confetti.

These are one of my personal favorites. I love the vanilla flavor. I don’t think they necessarily taste like cake, but you can taste the vanilla. I LOVE the color of these too. They even have “sprinkles” like a real party cake.

Sour Watermelon

PEEPS® Sour Watermelon Flavored Marshmallow Chicks: Sweet and sour flavors collide to create a burst of watermelon in these ten green chicks with a blush pink center.

I’ve had mini-versions of these are so good! They are like potato chips – I can’t stop at just one.

PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks: Three delectable chocolate mousse-flavored Chicks dipped in either creamy milk or dark chocolate.

Chocolate + mousse + marshmallow =’s HEAVENLY treat!

 

PEEPS® Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks: Individually wrapped marshmallow chicks covered in either milk or dark chocolate.

I LOVE THESE!!! Chocolate covered marshmallow – what is not to love!

PEEPS® Rainbow Pop: Four chicks in colors yellow, green, pink and blue marshmallow on a stick- it’s like a colorful PEEPS® lollipop.

These are really cute and colorful and make a perfect addition to any Easter basket. You can also tuck them inside floral arrangements and use them at your Easter dinner table on each guests place as a dessert/favor.

I wanted to do something fun with all our yummy PEEPS® . I decided to make an Easter basket and/or centerpiece with them. It was so quick and easy to make.

You’ll need…

  • Four equal sized packages of PEEPS®
  • Cardboard
  • Tape
  • Easter grass
  • Assorted Easter candies and other goodies.

Using tape, tape together the four packages of PEEPS® – side to side – to form a “box” (without a top or bottom). Try to use clear tape so you can’t see it. I taped from the inside too so a to hide the tape.

Cut out a piece of cardboard to fit the “bottom” of the basket. Attach with tape.

*I used tape because it’s quick and easy. Glue would have been messy and took too long and I didn’t want to compromise the PEEPS® or risk ruining the packages.

Flip the “box” back over so that the open part is on top.

Fill with Easter grass and other Easter goodies, like the PEEPS & COMPANY® products mentioned above (Plush, earbuds, candy…).

This is the finished result.

Easter Basket

Basket 2

Basket 3

I wanted to make a handle for it so that it could be carried like a real basket, but I couldn’t figure out a strong enough solution.

PEEPS & COMPANY® also represents MIKE AND IKE® and HOT TAMALES®. They also have Easter goodies that would make a great addition to anyone’s Easter basket.

MIKE AND IKE® Easter Treats: Bring chewy, fruity goodness this Easter season with a 10 oz. gift bag of MIKE AND IKE® Easter Treats flavors. Filled with grape, pineapple-banana, strawberry, lemon-lime, and cherry-flavored MIKE AND IKE® candies – and all made with real fruit juice – this gift will put a spring in anybody’s step as the bright new season gets underway.

MIKE AND IKE® Jellybeans: The Assorted Fruits MIKE AND IKE® JELLY BEANS are a fan favorite.

HOT TAMALES® Jellybeans:  Celebrate Easter with our cinnamon-flavored jelly beans (14 oz. package)

I filled some plastic Easter eggs that looked like chicks with the MIKE AND IKE®and HOT TAMALES® jelly beans and included them in my Easter basket/centerpiece.

Hot Tamales

Mike and Ike

The HOT TAMALES® are really hot – just like fireballs/red hots.

Have you tried any of these products from PEEPS & COMPANY®? Which is your favorite?

What creative recipe and/or craft have you made with any of these products – or what would you make with them if you were challenged to do so?

You can find PEEPS & COMPANY® products are many retail locations across the country. You can also shop online at PeepsandCompany.com. There you can find even more sweet treats and fun products.

You can also save 20% off your purchase, no minimum required, from now until April 15, 2016. The discount code is: EASTERTREATS.

You can also check out the brands on their official websites and on social media.

PEEPS & COMPANY® – Website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

PEEPS® – Website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

MIKE AND IKE® – Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

HOT TAMALES® – Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The official hashtag is #PEEPSEASTER.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples from PEEPS & COMPANY® to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. rochelle haynes says:

    This is looking good for easter

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