What To Do With Leftover Easter Candy – Peep Chips

by Pamela

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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?

Make Peep Chips Out Of Leftover Easter Candy

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.

What To Do With Leftover Easter Candy - Peep Chips
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What are you going to do with all that leftover Easter candy? Buying more at half price? Take those marshmallow peeps and make peep chips. Yes, peep chips.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1-10
  • Marshmallow Peeps (as many as you like)
  1. 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).
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. Slide a wooden spoon in the door of your oven to help the moisture escape while they dehydrate.
  5. Continue cooking them until they are crisp.
  6. Remove from oven and eat.
It took my peeps 18 hours to dry at 175 degrees Farenheit. It may take yours more or less time. Just check on them. The rabbits will probably dry faster because they are an even thickness. I made mine in an electric oven, but you could also use a dehydrator (which should take less time). I HAVE NOT tried making these in a gas oven, so I do not know how that would work. Keep these in an airtight container.


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Sarah|Pickled Capers April 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

The hubs and I knew we belonged together when we discovered our shared love of stale Peeps. This recipe totally gets us.

Pamela April 27, 2014 at 2:46 am

Hi Sarah,

I think that’s a brilliant way to know he’s ‘the one.’ 🙂 Now you can speed up the ‘staling’ process. lol

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious April 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Hey Pamela’s mom, don’t throw the old ones away! They’re “naturally” dehydrated, and they’re great! They look fat and plump, but they’re chipified and delicious, even after a year. Don’t ask how I know that.

John@Kitchen Riffs April 23, 2014 at 9:13 am

Smashed peeps? Made into chips? I’d never have thought of this! I wonder if the store has any leftover peeps so I can try this now, rather than having to wait until next year. 😉 Fun post — thanks.

Pamela April 23, 2014 at 9:59 am

Thank’s John. It was kinda fun making them. It’s not often you get to smash things in the kitchen on purpose. And now I actually like peeps. They’re so much better dehydrated.

Mom April 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

THANK YOU for the chick idea. Your Dad eats one and the other five sit around for months until they are tossed. You saved them…..

Pamela April 23, 2014 at 10:01 am

He’s still doing that? You def need to make these. I think they taste better than the ‘fresh’ one’s.

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