So how much leftover Easter candy is floating around your house? Do you know what you’re going to do with it? Are you hitting the stores to buy more candy, since it’s half off? I’ll admit that I do that. I toss it into the freezer to use in recipes later. (That’s my cheapskate tip of the day – you’re welcome.) But what are you going to do with all those sugary, marshamallowy peeps? Sure, they’re cute and pretty much required to be in every Easter basket, but does anyone in your house eat them? They will now (and you might too).
I can’t lay claim to the idea of peep chips. I got the idea from Christina Tosi, pastry chef at New York’s Momofuku Milk Bar. In the article, she talked about what she would do with leftover Easter candy and she included peep chips. How could I resist?
What is a peep chip? It involves smashing your peeps (whoa that sounds much dirtier than it is…although that marshmallow is pretty squishy and sticky) and drying them, for hours, in the oven. Drying them dehydrates the marshmallow and turns them into crunchy, sugary chips. This is my kind of peep. But then again, I’m the one that picks all the marshmallows out of a box of Lucky Charms.
As for the rest of your leftover Easter candy…why not bag it up and drop it into the freezer. This will get it out of your face (so you’re not so tempted to eat it all in one sitting) and allow you to have chocolate when you’ve got a recipe to make in a couple of months. It’ll also save you a trip to the store.
- Marshmallow Peeps (as many as you like)
- Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees Farenheit (or as low as your oven will go - some will only go as low as 200 degrees Farenheit and that's okay).
- Smash the peeps either with your hand, a rolling pin or between 2 cutting boards.You want them to be as flat as possible. (The chicks tend to have a bulge left in the middle of them from the head.)
- Arrange the smashed peeps in a single layer on your baking sheet. If you use more than one baking sheet, just make sure to rotate the pans about every 3 hours to ensure even drying.
- Slide a wooden spoon in the door of your oven to help the moisture escape while they dehydrate.
- Continue cooking them until they are crisp.
- Remove from oven and eat.
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