This is a ridiculously easy, but delicious recipe for chocolate covered peeps that will make you say “BUT WHY DIDN’T I ALREADY THINK OF THIS MYSELF”.
Before I go any further, I have to admit something here – I’m not a fan of peeps on their own. Actually, I’m not a fan of marshmallows on their own either. It is because I’m a chocolate person and I never choose the candy that is non-chocolate. So what do I do with these sugary little chicks (or bunnies)? I fix the problem and add chocolate.
My boyfriend claims these taste like Mallomars, but since I don’t think I’ve had those I can’t claim that for sure. Also, he clearly is very familiar with them since this is the conversation that went down:
Me: What did you say the chocolate peeps taste like?
Me: Did you really just tell me that peeps taste like marshmallows?
Boyfriend: No, I mean cookies…I think they’re called marsh-mallows.
Me *googles marshmallow cookies*: Do you mean these?
Boyfriend: Yea! Mallomars!
I can’t personally compare them to Mallomars, but I will say there is something about peeps covered in chocolate that is even better than normal marshmallows covered in chocolate. It has to do with the added crunch of the sugar that makes me keep going back for just one (or ten) more. Plus you can use your hands for dipping so you don’t have to deal with lollipop sticks or toothpicks or forks or having to fish the marshmallow out of the chocolate (since I inevitably drop anything I try to dip in chocolate). Another bonus – it takes minimal effort to make these, but you look a lot fancier than just handing out a package of peeps for Easter.
I must also admit that I definitely didn’t think of this on my own. I used to work at a candy store that sold chocolate covered peeps. And since I don’t live close to there anymore, I can’t eat copious amounts of them around the holidays…at least I couldn’t until now!
Chocolate Covered Peeps
- Peeps – as many as you want!
- 3/4 to 1 cup of chocolate per package of 10 peeps (I highly suggest Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Wafers, but you could use chocolate chips if you want)
- Coconut Oil (or vegetable shortening) if using chocolate chips
- Wax paper
- Put your chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat the chocolate in the microwave on the defrost setting or 50% power at 30 sec intervals, stirring in between.
Note: You can also use a double boiler to melt your chocolate. I usually use my pyrex bowl over a sauce pan when I go this direction.
- If you are using chocolate chips – once the chocolate is melted add about 2 tsp* of coconut oil and stir.
*This is only to thin the chocolate, so you can just add a little bit at a time until it is a consistency you can work with. I also suggest coconut oil over vegetable shortening because it tastes way better.
- Once the chocolate is ready, grab a peep by its head (this works for either the chick or bunny peeps!). Dip it in chocolate up to its neck.
- Place the peep on wax paper to set.
- Store in a ziploc bag or airtight container.
- Eat them all in one sitting (because who’s counting?)