Thanks everyone for understanding about the shift in posting from yesterday. Foodie Penpals is a great monthly feature and I had no issues with pushing this back a day. Now, what have you all been waiting an extra 24 hours to learn? How to make your own peeps! I made chicks and a few bunnies, but if you have the patience or a pan, you could make anything. A lot of sites are featuring this same set up, but not everyone was linking to their sources. The best I can tell, the basic recipe is from Ms Martha Stewartherself, with twists on how to form the shape and dot the eyes.
- 1 envelope Knox gelatin (2 1/2 teaspoons)
- 1/3 cup water + 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- optional : Additional sugar + food coloring
- optional : Cocoa + water for eyes
- Prepare an area with wax paper sprinkled with preferred colored sugar.
- Set aside remaining colored sugar.
- In a bowl, sprinkle gelatin over the 1/3 cup water and allow to set for 5 minutes.
- In a sauce pan, combine 1/4 cup water and sugar.
- Heat and stir until dissolved, cleaning edges of pan as needed.
- Boil to 238 degrees F then remove from heat source.
- Mix in the gelatin and hand whisk 2-3 minutes.
- Blend on high with an electric mixer for 8-10 minutes, until mixture keeps shape.
- Pour into bag fitted with appropriate tip and immediately form peeps.
- To form the chick peep, create an oval shape over the colored sugar on the wax paper, tapering for the tail.
- Add the head as a smaller blob on top of your “body” tapering again for the beak.
- Cover in colored sugar and allow to set.
- For the eyes, use food coloring or cocoa mixed with water and a toothpick.
Photos & Comments
My peeps were much too runny. I couldn’t get a majority of them to hold their shape. I still posted this recipe though, because I think when they do come out, they are amazing. I found making sure I didn’t rush through forming the body it held shape better. I also think I probably needed to wait just a tad longer on the boiling phase.
Also, making the bunny shape was MUCH easier than the chicks. Use the same set up for your own shapes. If you have a silicon mold use it for other possibilities.
I tried chocolate and food coloring pens for the eyes, in the end I found regular liquid food coloring and a toothpick worked the best.
My pictures feature the 8 chicks and 2 bunnies I am not totally ashamed of making. However, there are an additional 3 bunnies and 24 chicks sitting in my creation station. It makes a good chunk of creatures, be prepared when you start and end this project as many steps you can’t walk away from or it will ruin the chemical process.
Update: I may have been my own worst critic when I said only 10 came out as useable. I later realized many more were cute once I added the eyes and shook off extra sugar. Here is the full load. 14 creatures added to the mix.