Poop Peeps! DIY Marshmallow Peeps that look like The Poop Emoji!
Yup! Today we’re going to make Poop Peeps. Marshmallow Peeps that are shaped like the 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!
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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.
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.
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Pour it back out into the baking sheet and shake it a bit to form an even layer.
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.
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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.
You should have nice little poops like this. ????
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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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