Warning: making homemade Peeps will make you feel like a homemaking superstar.
What you need:
- 1 packet unflavored gelatin
- 1 c. sugar
- 1/3 + 1/4 c. cold water
A few other notes on this recipe. Do not be doing anything else while making it. Anyone that’s made candy before should know this, things tend to burn fast and to harden fast. You will need a mixer for this recipe, a hand mixer or a machine will work.
In a bowl, mix together the 1/3 c. water and the packet of gelatin. Set aside.
In a saucepan add the 1/4c. water and the 1 c. sugar. I used turbinado sugar and the hubby couldn’t tell the difference.
You want to cook the sugar water mixture until it gets to 238F. That’s the magic number. Make sure you are stirring constantly or the mixture will burn.
Once it gets to 238F, remove the pan from heat. Pour the sugar mixture and the gelatin mixture into your mixer. Use the whipping attachment and whip the mixture. I got to use all 800 watts of power on my Bosch mixer to whip this. It was amazing. Now I think I know what the hubby feels like when he hears an awesome car start up.
After several minutes of whipping it should look like this, kinda puffy. Very much like marshmallow cream(well that’s what it is!)
Put the mixture in a pastry bag or, if you don’t have one like me, a ziploc baggie.
Ok, here’s where I messed up. If you want to make traditional Peeps you want to lay down a layer of sugar on your wax paper first. I wanted to make chocolate covered peeps and I figured that if I piped them onto wax paper they would come right off to dip in chocolate. Boy was I wrong.
So, either pipe the marshmallow mixture onto a sugar coasted surface OR first brush a layer of chocolate into a candy mold and then pipe the marshmallow into the mold.
Aren’t they cute though? You could do the traditional Peeps shape or bunnies like I did(which was pretty easy) Have fun!
Merissa Alink blogs about coupons, recipes, gardening, thrifty living, and more at Little House on the Prairie Living. She believes in making the most with what you have.