Peeps marshmallow characters
Edible markers, tiny candies, and/or frosting
Assorted novelties (optional)
Aren’t they cute? Those colorful marshmallow treats – seen every Easter – shaped like bunnies, chicks, and ducks? They can be given out as-is, can be added to various desserts, and can be turned into pops – treats on sticks. But why would you feature ordinary marshmallow characters when you can easily create designer Peeps? Wouldn’t it be much more fun to have Easter Peeps with sunglasses, bow ties, candy eyes, and other interesting attributes? You can make them when you start out with ordinary Peeps.
Various things can be used to turn regular Easter Peeps into designer ones. One thing that you can use is a set of food markers. With them, you can draw larger eyes, a red mouth, dimples, eyebrows, chin hair, and more. The edible markers are available in many colors so you’ll have a lot of fun creating your own designer Peeps. Draw a vest on each one, color a bow tie on one of the characters, or create a little shirt on each marshmallow. Or, give the Peeps dots, stripes, or other designs, all over. Other things that you can draw onto the marshmallows include sunglasses, earrings, necklaces, mustaches, and cheek hues. Another option is to just write “Happy Easter”, or another message, directly onto the Peeps marshmallow character.
Using colored sugar gives you the option of making designer Peeps that feature more than one color. Use a new paintbrush, wet it, and apply a bit of water where you want to add the colored sugar. Quickly sprinkle on fine, colored sugar to create clothing, red cheeks, or other characteristics.
Candies offer another way to create designer Peeps for Easter. With frosting as the glue, you can attach candy jewelry, candy eyes, and other features. The Peeps characters can hold things, too. For example, you can stick a paper umbrella in the “hand” of a Peeps, you can let it carry a gummy bear, or create your own design.
Hats look cute on the Easter Peeps; you can purchase many different kinds of miniature hats at a craft store. Simply set one on each Peep and it will likely stay put. If not, put a dot of frosting under the hat to hold it in place.
Most everyone loves Peeps but they’ll really have a passion for the designer versions this Easter holiday. Although some online and specialty stores sell designer Peeps, they can be quite costly, but you can make them yourself for pennies.