Oddly enough, Easter is one of my favorite holidays (after Christmas and 4th of July). I’m not religious or anything, but my family always celebrated Easter with fun egg hunts and the best brunch ever made. It’s one of those holidays I look forward to every year just for the food and family time. Now I’m at that age where I’m way too old to hunt for eggs, but my mom still gives me an Easter basket every year (YAY CANDY). Plus, my nieces are old enough now that they go on Easter egg hunts in our backyard and my mom invites the rest of our family over for brunch, which is one of the only times throughout the year that I get to see them. I’m really looking forward to going home for it this year!
One fun way to celebrate Easter is with everyone’s favorite sugar covered marshmallows – Peeps! Personally, I don’t really like Peeps by themselves but I do like them when they’re smothered in chocolate, as is true with just about anything. You can make chocolate covered Peeps pops really quickly and easily to make a fun treat for kids or anyone else this Easter. Yum!
Ingredients (measurements are for 4-5 Peeps):
- Peeps marshmallow bunnies
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 tbs vegetable oil
- Cake pop sticks
My favorite way to melt chocolate is in the microwave – I melt about one cup of milk chocolate chips with about a tablespoon of vegetable oil. I melted the chocolate on defrost mode for about 40 seconds, stirred it and replaced it for 15 second increments until it’s smooth and drips off the end of a spoon. Dip the end of a candy stick in the chocolate and press into the bottom of a bunny Peep, at least halfway into the marshmallow.
Move the Peeps with sticks to the fridge to harden before continuing – it shouldn’t take very long. Once the chocolate has solidified, dip the Peeps into the chocolate, starting on the back, moving to the sides and around to the top, letting the chocolate drip off for several seconds. If needed, use a spoon to gently scrap the backside to remove excess chocolate, and place the chocolate covered Peeps on their backs on a piece of foil or parchment.
Let the chocolate covered Peeps sit out or leave them in the fridge to speed up the hardening process. Make sure to keep them out of the heat and enjoy! Happy (almost) Easter!