Over Easter weekend, we decided to attempt roasting Peeps over a bonfire and making Peeps smores due to a little Pinterest inspiration. Let me back up and explain that I really can’t stand Peeps by themselves. I think they’re pretty gross, but I figured they have to taste good when they are hot, gooey, smokey, and smores-y, right?
Here’s the thing.
There is a trick to making Peeps smores.
First of all, I’m that person who prefers my marshmallows burnt… on fire, flaming, crispy on the outside, hot and gooey on the inside. If you are that kind of person, you need to understand one thing: Peeps do not taste good burnt. The sugar on the outside doesn’t take on the lightly crispy flavor you desire from a roasted marshmallow. It doesn’t caramelize like you’d imagine. It just plain burns and tastes like a mistake.
Once they hit a certain temperature, they melt extremely quickly and fall off your roasting stick.
When roasting Peeps, you have to watch carefully, my friends. Very carefully. Here are the rules:
1. Do not catch the Peep on fire. Once you do, it’s game over.
2. Keep the Peep high enough over the flames so that they are mildly dancing around the Peep, not engulfing it.
3. Turn the Peep frequently.
4. Watch closely. When you see the Peep starting to puff and turn brown, turn it over.
5. When the Peep is puffy and has some brown edges, remove from the fire and swiftly place between two graham crackers and chocolate (or a Reese’s cup. That’s good, too).
7. Thank me later.
That’s pretty much it. I enjoyed two – one with a Reese’s cup and one with the tried and true Hershey’s bar. Both were good, but I think I preferred the old fashioned chocolate. This is the only way you can get me to eat a Peep. Ever. I definitely plan on doing this every year!
Try it and let me know if you like it!
Or hate it. I won’t hold it against you.