From the title alone, you know where I’m going with this, right?
Mostly I’m hoping you’ll click over to read my latest Funny Names in Food post as it was heaps of fun to research and write as well as being about one of my favorite subjects. Please hop over (like a Peeps® bunny 🙂 ), then come back for today’s recipe.
Some folks are smart enough to toss or give away the obscene amounts of Easter candy collected by their children from that Bunny. Not only am I not that smart, but I make it even worse by succumbing to 75%-off after-holiday candy bargains. Though it’s fun to have sweet treats around, it’s also dangerous.
I vowed, then, to use a bunch of it up in rice krispy bars I was making to take to a dessert potluck. While the end product was overly sweet (something you won’t hear me saying often), that can be remedied by using a more judicious selection and amount of candy stir-ins.
Peeps being stirred into the marshmallow-butter mixture.
the jelly beans go in…
And we have Jelly Bean-Peep Krispy Bars…
Though I used the word “recipe” earlier, I’ll cop to not having one. I melted a bag and a quarter or so of standard-size ‘mallows and 3 or so tablespoons butter. Then stirred in the yellow peeps. Maybe 3/4 cup or so of chopped jelly beans? And 4 cups of krispy rice cereal? Or so? It was plenty wet and sticky, so could’ve stood another cup of the cereal.
In the end, details don’t matter so much. It’s about thinking outside of the candy box and stirring those extra sweets into cookie dough, cake/muffin/quickbread batter, scone mix, ice cream, pudding, etc. The individual candies could also be laid in cupcake batter before baking for hidden treats.
However you enjoy your jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, marshmallow candies, and the like, I’m grateful you stopped by to learn about those Peeps and apologize in advance for the sugar rush you will soon be experiencing. I think I’m going to lie down a bit myself. Perhaps my next post should be about kale smoothies and other sugar detox foods. (If you have recipes for those, please let me know in comments!)