Happy Hump Day, Noshers! I admit I can’t say that without being reminded of the GEICO commercial with the camel – it never fails to amuse me, ha ha. Today I’m happy to share some creation insPEEPration that I put together in honor of Halloween! This all started when I was invited to a PEEPS event to preview the latest holiday shapes. I was so bummed when I couldn’t make it due to a scheduling conflict, but the peeps at PEEPS were kind enough to send me some Halloween-themed product to put together some fun holiday creations!
Here’s a fun fact for you – PEEPS are Sister Nosh’s absolute favorite holiday candy, and she is also the mom of my absolute favorite nephew (and my absolute favorite niece, too). My nephew has a pretty severe nut allergy, but the good news is that a number of PEEPS products are nut safe (always check the label to confirm!). So, I knew I wanted to put together some super-easy, fun, recipes that my nephew and his mom could do together for Halloween.
You can see, I had quite the variety of products to work with:
I ended up using the PEEPS Snack Size Marshmallow Chicks (individually wrapped for easy storage in your pocket for a snack :)), the PEEPS Chocolate Mousse Flavored Chocolate Cats, PEEPS Pumpkins…..and eating the PEEPS Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkins because they were so addictive, haha.
As you can see see from the top photo, I had a lot of fun putting together deconstructed cupcakes in the canning jars I originally bought to make fridge oats. This was super fun – it reminded me of diorama days in elementary school! For each cupcake, you’ll need one 1-pint jar, a cupcake, frosting, and PEEPS. I also had at my disposal chocolate sandwich cookies (to crush up to make “soil”) and candy corn. I loooove candy corn:
You can really use any type of cupcake and frosting flavor, but I chose chocolate to make it seem like “dirt” – more Halloween-y, right? I think so. Here’s what I did:
1. To up the frosting ratio, start with a layer of frosting on the bottom of the jar.
2. Split the cupcake in half as if it were an English muffin (cross-wise, I think?)
3. Place one of the cupcake layers on top of the frosting. Frost the top. Top with the second layer, and frost that as well.
4. Here’s where the fun part comes in! Top with any PEEPS you like. I did a pair of pumpkins in one jar, a green PEEP chick in another, a chocolate cat with candy corn in the third, and it goes on. Be creative! In some of the jars, I added chocolate cookie “soil” crumbs. Others, I added a candy corn layer. Go wild! 🙂
5. Eat and enjoy!
I loved making these deconstructed cupcakes and that each one could be slightly different. In the canning jars, each is very portable – in case you wanted to take one for the road! These would be a lot of fun for kids to try – let’s face it, I’m a big kid myself – and see what creations they come up with.
Not to be outdone, I also noticed that the purple Snack Size Marshmallow Chicks looked a lot like witches hats – so I put together these super simple skewers:
Using a lollipop stick, that’s a PEEP Chocolate Cat, sitting on a PEEP pumpkin, wearing a purple PEEP as a hat. 🙂 You can use these PEEP-kebabs as cupcake toppers or stand-alone lolliPEEPS – either way, they will be devoured pronto!
I had so much fun playing with these Halloween PEEPS and thinking of super kid-friendly, simple ways to use them. Give it a try and share photos of your creations – can’t wait to see them!
What’s your best PEEPS pun?