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Poop Peeps

Poop Peeps

Poop Peeps! DIY Marshmallow Peeps that look like The Poop Emoji!

Poop Peeps?

Yup! Today we’re going to make Poop Peeps. Marshmallow Peeps that are shaped like the poop emoji.
Poop Emoji

You all know marshmallow peeps, right? They’re kind of the candy corn of Easter candy. Some people hate em while others love em. I for one love them. They’re crunchy on the outside from sugar coating and soft and fluffy on the inside. How could that be a bad thing?! So marshmallow peeps are pretty much marshmallows coated in dyed sugar crystals. If you think about how simple that sentence is you will realize that they’re also super simple to make at home; all you need is sugar, gelatin, and food dye. So, without further adoodoo, let’s get poopin!

Takin’ The Browns To The Super Bowl

The first thing we need to try and replicate the poop emoji is a brown sugar; well not brown sugar, but brown dyed sugar. Peeps are covered in dyed granulated sugar. In it’s natural state, white sugar is refined into little pourable crystals that we use in our coffee or everyday cooking. Brown sugar, however, is granulated sugar with molasses added in. This gives the sugar a nice caramel, nutty flavor but also leads to the sugar forming moist clumps, which also can dry out leaving hard rocks. We need sugar we can sprinkle, so we must use white sugar and dye it brown. To do this we need, you guessed it, brown food dye. I went with the liquid food dye from Lorann Oils.

To dye the sugar pour 1 cup of sugar into a Ziploc bag and then add the dye in drops. The problem is, that you are going to need a lot of drops to get the deep brown color of a turd. It took 125 drops to achieve this and I’m not sure what that is in teaspoons. If anyone tries this and measures it out please tell me in the comments and I’ll update the instructions. (Update 1 1/2 teaspoons) After you’ve added the dye, you’ll have 1 large dark clump in white. Just fully seal the baggie and massage it until the dye spreads throughout the mixture. It should only take a couple of minutes, just make sure you break up the clumps so the dye spreads evenly.

Poop Sugar

You Should Have Something That Looks Like This

Next, pour the brown dyed sugar through a coarse sieve to sift out the large clumps into a baking a sheet, which we’ll be using as a working surface. Discard the clumps from the strainer, shake the baking sheet to get a thin layer, and let it air dry for about 10 minutes. Last but not least, we need to add a some flavor to these little poops. First, pour the dyed brown sugar into a mason jar. To do this without making a mess, I simply made a cone out of printer paper and used it as a funnel. Lastly, we need to add some flavor, and instead of making it taste like something that came out of your chocolate starfish, we’re just going to make it chocolate. So add a 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa powder and shake it up.

Shake Weight

Exactly Like This

Pour it back out into the baking sheet and shake it a bit to form an even layer.

Deuces Wild

Now it’s time to make some marshmallow! It’s surprisingly easy, you just need a few things. You need a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer with the whisk attachment. We also need powdered gelatin, vanilla extract, candy thermometer, and a piping bag fitted with a 1/2 inch (Ateco #12) tip. Step 1 is the activate the gelatin. Pour a 1/3 of a cup of water into the mixing bowl and then pour the contents of 1 gelatin packet on top. Let it sit for 10 minutes. While the gelatin is…um…gelling, add 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water to a small saucepan. Clip your candy thermometer to the side and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. The mixture is ready when it reads about 235ºF (~113ºC). This should take about 10 minutes so the timing is perfect. Pour the mixture into the stand mixer bowl and give it a gentle stir with a spoon to break up any leftover gelatin clumps. Add the vanilla extract and turn on the mixer at medium-high speed, and whisk until super fluffy (9 minutes).

Immediately, using a silicone spatula, transfer the mixture to your piping bag.

Kicking Out The Kardashians

Alright, we’re ready to pipe some poop! Twist the end of your piping bag shut and break out your baking sheet lined with brown dyed sugar. Pipe out the marshmallow directly into the sugar making 2-inch diameter, tightly coiled piles of dookie. Remember you don’t have to squeeze too hard, but you do need to concentrate to get a beautiful BM. However, if your Texas Turds are not holding their shape and looking more like runny Mississippi Mud, you should wait a minute and let the marshmallow cool a bit. A “Pile of Poo” emoji has 4 levels, so keep that in mind when piping. Repeat until the piping bag is empty, yielding about 15 to 20 Poop Peeps.

While they are still tacky, just pick up the brown dyed sugar with your fingers and dump it on top. Once there’s a light coating, you can even pick it up an dredge it gently in the sugar. You could keep sprinkling, but dredging was most effective.

Poop Peeps

You should have nice little poops like this. ????

Firing A Trump

OK, you’ve got your poops made! Now comes the part where you put on the eyes and mouth. Cut slices of mini marshmallows for the whites of the eyes. Now simply use candy glue to stick them onto your delicious little doodies. For the mouth, cut the mini marshmallow in half long ways and then cut that in half so that it makes s semi circle. Repeat the process until you have 1 per peep and affix the smile to the poop. Last but not least, the pupils! Drop a little brown food dye into a teaspoon measure. Then take a toothpick and dip it a little into the brown liquid and carefully dot in the pupils.

There ya have it! Everything you need to start pinching your own marshmallow loaves.

Update: Reader Kristin hit me with some science and gave me the teaspoon measurement for how much dye we need!

Usually 20 drops=1ml and 5ml’s=1tsp so 100 drops should be roughly 1 tsp.

So basically we need 1 1/2 teaspoons of dye! Thanks, internet!

Update 2: Originally this recipe called for using water to affix the eyes to the Peeps. I found that in the warmer months the marshmallows tend to absorb that water over time and swell up. They also get kind of, um slimy. Instead just use candy glue! You can find it in baking sections and Amazon.

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Poop Peeps

Marshmallow Peeps that look like the poop emoji.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Matthew Cetta


For The Coating

  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Brown Food Dye 150 Drops
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder

For The Marshmallows

  • 1 Packet Powdered Gelatin
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

For The Eyes

  • About 40 Mini Marshmallow
  • Candy Glue
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Brown Food Dye


For The Sugar Coating

  1. Fill a Ziploc bag with sugar and drop 150 drops of brown food dye into it. Seal the bag, and massage it to mix the food coloring well. If there are clumps, break up them up with your thumbs. It should take about 5 minutes to fully incorporate.
  2. Sift the contents of the bag into a baking sheet and let it air dry for about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the brown dyed sugar to a mason jar, add the cocoa powder, seal it, and shake vigorously until well combined.
  4. Pour it back into the baking sheet and shake a bit to spread evenly.

For The Marshmallows

  1. Affix a whisk attachment to a stand mixer and fill the bowl with 1/3 cup of water. Sprinkle one packet of powdered gelatin on top and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. While the gelatin mixes with the water. Pour 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water into a medium saucepan. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pot and turn the heat to medium. Cook until the sugar is dissolved and the temperature reaches approximately 235ºF.
  3. Add the contents of the pot to the mixing bowl and gently stir to break up any lumps of gelatin.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and turn the mixer on to medium-high speed (speed 7) and whisk until light and fluffy (About 9 minutes).
  5. Using a silicone spatula transfer the marshmallow to a piping bag fitted with a half inch diameter tip.
  6. Pipe the marshmallow directly into the sugar mixture. Make a 2 inch diameter base and then swirl it upwards to resemble tightly coiled piles of poop. Keep in mind that a poop emoji has 4 levels to it so try and aim for that many. If the mixture isn’t holding its shape, let the marshmallow cool for a minute and then continue piping.
  7. While still tacky, dust the poops with the brown dyed sugar. If there is a even a bit of a coating you can pick up the marshmallow and gently dredge it in the sugar. They should hold their shape.

For the Eyes and Smiles

  1. Cut slices of mini-marshmallows with a knife. Next affix the eyes with candy glue to the poo pile. Do the same with the mouth but instead of slicing, cut the mini-marshmallow lengthwise and then cut a semi-circle out of that. Affix the smiles with candy glue.
  2. Make the pupils by lightly dotting brown food dye onto the eyes with a toothpick.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Southern Fatty

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89 responses to “Poop Peeps”

  1. OK, I have literally no idea why you would ever think of making marshmallow poop, but having said that, they’re pretty cute!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Helen, I kind of love word play and honestly, I thought of this in the shower hahaha. Then the idea had to be put into motion.

    2. Patty Francis

      I love it! I work at the Colon Cancer Prevention Project these will be a hit at work and with our Survivors!

      1. Matthew Cetta

        This is both the most unexpected and sweetest thing I have ever heard! Patty would you like to send me images of this so I may share how even a little confection can brighten someone’s day?

  2. Wow, seeing something like this for the first time..loved your post..wit with style. I am tempted to try this one out!

  3. I can’t even handle these little cuties. This is the most fun thing I’ve seen all day!

  4. Hahaha.. this is awesome.. It’s tooo cute!!

  5. HAHAH..these certainly would be the conversation piece of the day. I’m sure they will go over well with kids and adults alike.

    1. Matthew Cetta

      hahaha Gloria, my niece and nephew are going to love these!

  6. At the point I read, “you need to start pinching your own marshmallow loaves,” I was howling with laughter. These are GREAT!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      HAHAHAHAHAHA Thanks Dorothy!

  7. I can only imagine my family’s reaction if I made these. Side note – I heard this emoji was made to be ice cream…apparently the masses didn’t get the memo 🙂

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Wake Up Sheeple

    2. Amy

      To make the emoji, you type a colon, the word poop, and another colon. True story. :+poop+:

      1. Matthew Cetta

        That works in Facebook! Does it work anywhere else?

  8. LOVE this one! Scheduling it to be shared today!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      You rock Sophia!

  9. This entire post, from concept to recipe, has me rolling. So clever, and honestly fun for any age! So punny, Matt!

    1. Matthew Cetta


  10. haha these are hilarious! Looks very easy too!! Thanks for the share

  11. Jennifer

    In the instructions you say 1 cup of water and1/3 cup of sugar. Under the “For marshmallows section” it says 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water…. Could you clarify which are correct? Thanks so much!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Oh No! I messed up. I fixed it to the correct measurements. The blog post had the incorrect measurements. It’s supposed to be 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup of water. Thanks for pointing that out, Jennifer!

  12. Oh my gosh, these are too hilarious – love them! They look just like the emoji. When I saw 150 drops of food coloring I was like…whaaaaa!?

    1. Matthew Cetta

      HAHAHA You need a lot of dye to get the deep rich brown of a smiling pile of shit. I want to remeasure and have a real teaspoon measurement, but I ran out of dye before I could.

  13. This recipe wins at life!!!!! LOL

  14. Teri Giese

    Hi, I can tell you that it is supremely,freaking refreshing to read a blog that is just about shit!!My bad! Cucka, poop, turds, or is it terds? Getting like 400 blogs a day, most of them food, I am a food spaz!! Pinterest, only social network I am on, and only since Christmas.Love foodies,yet sometimes I can feel so dam inadequate! Nothing about life is just perfect, like always.I cuss, get pissy, have ugly days, can be a “b”…Anyway,maybe next time can make like a pee punch, or a booger burger! Love your blog! Am going to make these too.

  15. OH MY GAWD these are too much hahahah Genius!

  16. Your mind works in strange and unusual ways. LOL

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Yes. Yes it does hahahahaha

  17. Oh wow this looks awesome. Maybe I can find sometime to make this for my kids! They will love it.

  18. This is so incredibly wrong! I can’t stop LOLing. Naturally I will be making them at the first opportunity.

  19. LOL! I learned so much from you today (e.g. a pile of poo emoji has 4 levels). This is fun, something my brother would love help me do!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      How may swirls are in a poop emoji is 100% necessary information. Use it at your next trivia night! hahaha

  20. Okay Matt, let’s chat.
    Peeps are NOT the “candy corn” of Easter. Candy corn must be universally hated, right??? Please tell me you don’t also love them?

    Concerned Peep Lover

    1. Matthew Cetta

      I kind of like candy corn…#SorryNotSorry

  21. Coconut sugar is brown and does not clump. Just to let you know 🙂

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Oh good point! But is it a deep poop like brown? Does it have that same…crunch as granulated sugar?

  22. Where the heck have you been??!!! The perfect antidote to precious perfect food logs… I do love them but an o man need a little lightness..
    PoopPeeps so stinkin’ great. And you site LOOKS great too!

  23. Bernadette

    This is the best thing ever. So well written and such a fun idea.

  24. Dina

    Is there a reason why you couldn’t just mix dark cocoa powder with the sugar for the brown color rather than using artificial colors? Not only would it taste better, but I’d think it would maybe look better.

    1. Matthew Cetta

      The cocoa powder wouldn’t really stain the sugar crystals would it?

  25. This is hilarious! I have already pinned this one to keep for later! I bet these taste amazing!

  26. This is so funny, I’ve been seeing those plush poop emojis in the stores, this is perfect in time for Easter!

  27. Kristin

    Usually 20 drops=1ml and 5ml’s=1tsp so 100 drops should be roughly 1 tsp….I know you were “dying” for this info, hope it helps

    1. Matthew Cetta

      YES! PERFECT! Thank you Kristin!

  28. This is funny. They are cute though.

  29. You just crack me up ! this is so funny and gross and awesome at the same time ! Bahahahaha

  30. Magpie

    This is hilarious! I make square marshmallows all the time, but I haven’t tried to pipe them yet! If I try it, I’ll send pics 🙂

    1. Matthew Cetta

      OMG please do! I would love to see!

  31. Hilarious!! I love all the puns you used along the way too! Laughing so hard! 🙂

  32. Leslie

    I’m making Poop Peeps right now! I was able to get a nice poop brown food color by mixing red and green food colors from the cheap little bottles at the grocery store. Perfect. It took far fewer than 125 drops to color the sugar, though I started with an unbleached sugar, so it was already a little brown when I started.

    Good luck, Poop Peep makers!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Hey, Leslie. Do you have the measurements for the dye you used? Do you recall the ratio of green to red? What kind of sugar did you use?

      1. Leslie

        The ratio was pretty close to 1:1. I pre-mixed the dye in a little bowl so I could control the color.

  33. Leigh

    Any idea if this is possible without a stand mixer? Ihave one of those electric balloon whisks, would that work?
    Yours poopfully

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Leigh, I honestly have no idea. If you give it a shot could you please report back with your results?

  34. Catherine

    Someone needs to make these for the girl who tweeted about hiding a poop in her purse while on a date. (Yes. It really happened)

    1. Matthew Cetta

      What?! Is that on the internet? Is there a link?! I’ve had some bad dates before (even one where the date left a very stinky deposit at the porcelain bank in the restaurant) but that would take the cake.

  35. I can see that being a real hit at a party for the middle school crowd… (Do they still love to say “Ew, gross!” or am I showing my age, here?) Even better if you get the kids to make them…

  36. Ariel Lovett

    I just want to say, this is amazing. I never comment on blogs, but just wanted to say, bravo. A poop peep is a beautiful thing.

  37. Susannah Metz

    Tooooooo perfect! I’m living in rural England where most of my folks never heard of Peeps…..I’ve introduced regular Peeps and now must think about making these! There are certain brands of demerara sugar that are nice and crunchy and a lovely colour deep brown that will make getting the sugar part right a no brainer! I’m a vicar…..they’ll love these at church! hahahahahahaha

  38. Dee

    I like using peeps for the roasted marshmallow part of s’mores, tastes like creme brulee. However not sure if the visual of these slightly melted on a graham cracker will be eatable, but I’m just weird enough that it needs to happen. Thanks ????

  39. Perfect! My kids love the store peeps but I hate buying them. We try to avoid packing their Easter baskets with a ton of sugar and opt for non-food treats for the bulk. They will have so much fun making these they won’t miss the otherwise “reduced sugar basket”. And before anyone feels the need to whine “but it’s Easter, just let them have fun”, I assure you they do! We do things together and they still get candy and the chocolate bunny, just not the ridiculously over-sized monster rabbit! One day of sugar frenzy is enough with 3 ADHD kids, thank you! ANYWAY, I love the idea and the wit, thanks!

  40. HAHAH….I have commented already on this post, but I just can’t resist commenting again. My 4 year old grandson LOVES the poop emoji and sends it to me all the time in a text message!!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      HAHAHAHAHA that’s funny because my niece and nephew always steal my phone when we hang out so they can send grandma poop emojis. I may be an enabler of bad behavior haha!

  41. this is sooo funny, gross, and awesome at the same time.

  42. Momma J

    I so need this recipe! I failed to buy Easter candy (because we don’t need empty calories) and unfortunately, I’m in the ‘outhouse’ with my kids! I’ll offer to make it up to them!!
    Did you try adding cocoa powder to the marshmallow mixture? That might make it the right color and allow less dye & sugar in the long run!

  43. Mary Russell

    Could you use dark brown sugar instead of adding the dyes?

    1. Matthew Cetta

      No. The problem with brown sugar is the molasses which creates “clumpier” sugar that sticks together. For the proper granulated look we need dyed brown sugar.

  44. Cute and Quirky! These would make a really fun food craft for kids!

  45. I mean… what can I say besides, these are hilarious and super clever!

  46. snjoda10

    have you tried making these in advance and freezing them? do you think that the brown food coloring in the sugar will bleed into the white marshmallow?

    1. Matthew Cetta

      The food coloring will not bleed but I have no tried freezing them in advance. If you do would mind commenting back here with the results? I see no problem with it as my family always freezes mallowmars and the marshmallow never gets weird.

  47. Jolie

    I love this post and recipe on so many levels. Could you add cocoa powder to the recipe to make chocolate marshmallows? I know that baking is all about ratios, so wound it mess up the recipe? If it is possible, how much cocoa powder would you need to add?

    1. Matthew Cetta

      I see no problem with adding cocoa powder to the marshmallow. Add it before you start whisking (when you add the vanilla extract). I’m not positive on how much but why not start with 1 tablespoon? This isn’t baking as there is no oven involved so you should have some leeway to experiment.

  48. These poop peeps are everything!!!

  49. What a fun idea! ????

  50. Gross. But kind of awesome.

  51. Cute and hilarious!

  52. Normally the only thing I’ll ever do with a peep is put it in the microwave and watch them blow up. (I also like to catch marshmallows on fire when we have a campfire.. smores whatev! Lets play with marshmallows).. So all I could think while I read this was.. “Stick that sucker in the microwave and it would be a HUGE turd” hahahaaha

    1. Matthew Cetta

      I did that when I made them and put it on Snapchat. I saved the video but I dunno where it went. But a poop peep in the microwave was not hilarious and gross at the same time. Hahaha

  53. Wow, Matt! you are definitely a poop aficionado! O course I realize there is technique to creating the perfect pile of poop, you have definitely succeeded. These little piles would be so much fun at a party. I’ve always heard that marshmallows were easy to make and you did a great job explaining that. Definitely not filing this one in the poop file. LOL!

  54. Michele

    You are certainly the King of Poop!, I’m going to be the Best Auntie ever when I show up with these for my nieces Easter Party at school….. (seriously, I cant wait to see how the teachers react when I show up with these….). Loving the step by step directions on making marshmallows…. homemade is ALWAYS better but I’ve never actually sat down and tried it!

  55. Amanda

    Fluffy homemade marshmallow is so in a league of its own, isn’t it?! These freshly-made peeps must have such a great texture. What a fun project for kids, and kids at heart.

  56. Karen

    These are so cute! I want to make them for my daughter’s birthday party, how do I store them and how far in advance can they be made? Thanks

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Thanks, Karen! They are best fresh but will store well in any Tupperware/pyrex/air tight container.

  57. I’ve never had real peeps before, as I cannot find them anywhere! They may not be available in Australia, but that’s no longer a problem with this awesome recipe 😋 I love making sweets AND things that look like emojis, so these guys are right up my alley!

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