There’s something delightfully ridiculous about marshmallow Peeps. They seem to usher in all sorts of childhood nostalgia, kicking off the season of Easter candy with pastel flair. I always wanted to like Peeps. As a kid, I’d beg my mom to let me have at them, only to have her fiercely remind me that I never ate them anyway. She was right. There was something bitter in that hypercolored sugar. Something wanting about those marshmallow bunnies. Try as I might, I’ve never really liked Peeps.
Until this Sunday, when the kids and I dressed them in little tuxedoes of white and dark chocolate. Suddenly, I couldn’t get enough of them. I’m not embarrassed to admit I let each of the kids eat one, while I bit the crunchy little tuxedos off of a handful of Peeps all by my lonesome. Turns out, plain old Peeps are kinda cute to look at, but dress them up with a dandy coat of chocolate, and suddenly you’ve got a treat you won’t be able to resist.
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
- pastel polka-dot sprinkles
- 2-3 packages of bunny Peeps
Melt the white chocolate chips in a medium glass bowl. To ensure that your chocolate is melted without becoming singed, pop the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, then remove it and stir. Return to the microwave for 30 seconds, then remove it and stir again. Continue doing this until the chocolate is smooth and melted, but not warm to the touch.
Dip the bottom half of the Peeps into the melted white chocolate, covering the entire bottom half of their body, up to their little necks. Place the dipped Peeps onto a piece of parchment and allow the chocolate to cool and harden completely.
Melt the dark chocolate chips in a medium glass bowl. Dip the Peeps diagonally on the left side, then on the right side of their bellies. Return to parchment and allow to cool and harden.
Spoon some of the remaining chocolate into a ziptop bag. Cut a very small corner from the bag and pipe a small amount of chocolate on the back of a polka-dot sprinkle. Gently press sprinkle into place as a “button.” Pipe a bowtie just above the sprinkle button. Return to the parchment and allow to cool completely before serving.