Tonawanda News

March 25, 2013

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

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The Tonawanda News

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 www.babble.com. 

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. 

Ultimately my formally attired bunnies weren’t quite as cute as the ones in the original Pinterest post. The white chocolate never became quite as melty as I would have liked and so some of their shirts look a little raggedy. 

Jill suggested using the melting chocolate used for making candy — you know, the kind that comes in bigger wafers — but conceded they don’t taste as good. Choose according to whether you favor taste or appearance. 

In the end, even though I think my raggedy little bunnies are pretty cute, they didn’t make me to like the taste of the overly-sugary treats any more. Definitely re-pin this project if you or someone you know is a fan of Peeps, or if you’re having a fun Easter party. Otherwise, pass it over and go get yourself a moonpie if you’re craving marshmallow and chocolate. 

Tuxedo bunny peeps

4 packages of Peep bunnies, one in each of the four colors

12 ounces white chocolate chips

12 ounces milk or dark chocolate chips

flat, round pastel-colored sprinkles

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave in increments of 30 seconds, mixing thoroughly between each heating. If chocolate is still not completely melted after 1 minute, keep heating in 10-second intervals. Take care not to overheat.

Dip the bottom of each bunny in the white chocolate up to about where the neck begins. Put lay the bunnies face-up on a piece of wax or parchment paper until completely cool and dry.

Melt the milk or dark chocolate using the same method as the white chocolate.

Dip the bottom of each bunny in the darker chocolate diagonally on the left side, then diagonally on the right side to create the jacket of the tuxedo. Lay bunnies face-up back on the wax paper.

Scoop the remainder of the darker chocolate in a piping bag with the smallest round tip you can find, or in a Ziploc bag with a tiny — we’re talking itty-bitty, here, folks — hole in one of the corners. 

Pipe the chocolate into the shape of a bow-tie at the top of the bunnies’ shirts. 

Then pipe a small dot of the chocolate onto one side of a sprinkle and place the sprinkle underneath the bow tie to act as a colorful botton. 

— Adapted from www.babble.com.

• WHAT: Tuxedo bunny Peeps • DIFFICULTY: Easy • TIME: About an hour, including dry time • RESULT: Pin it.

Danielle Haynes is the features editor at the Tonawanda News. Find us on Pinterest by searching "Tonawanda News."