Tonawanda News


March 25, 2013

PINSPIRED: Tuxedo'd Peeps not as suave as you'd think

Tonawanda News — Editor’s note: This is the first in a planned series of weekly columns the News will publish testing out a variety of Pinterest projects and giving readers our thoughts. Find us on Pinterest by searching for “Tonawanda News.”

When News reporter Jill Keppeler and I first contemplated starting this column — in which we test out all those cool Pinterest projects to see if they really work as well as advertised — I figured I’d have a bit of trouble finding pins I’d really want to test.

I’m not much for crafts — you’ll never see a handmade wreath on my front door or anything painted with chalk paint in my home. And since I don’t own a house, I’m also not big on home repairs, another big topic on many Pinterest boards. And kids? No, I’ll leave those projects to our resident parenting columnist, Jill, thank you very much.

So that leaves marshmallow Peeps. 

Literally, the only Easter-themed project I could find on Pinterest that piqued my interest involved those little sugar-coasted marshmallow animals everyone loves this time of year. Except for me, really, but we’re covering these bad boys in melted chocolate and since I’m a fan of chocolate, maybe this project will make them more palatable. 

The pin for tuxedo bunny peeps originated from a posting on parenting blog 

The ingredients are few — white and milk chocolate chips, bunny Peeps and flat, round, pastel-colored sprinkles — and the instructions are easy. 

I knew going into this project it wouldn’t be easy working with the melted chocolate. It never gets quite as thin and melty as you want to easily coat things, like the peppermint biscotti I make each Christmas. 

And be careful. It’s all too easy to overheat the chocolate, which has the opposite effect and makes the once-melty chips hard and clumpy. Always microwave in small increments, stirring thoroughly each time. I had the best success heating the chips for 30 seconds, stirring, then heating for another 30 seconds. I had to stir a long time to get all the clumps melted, so you may find you need an extra 10 seconds or so. 

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