March 22, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt 101


For the past 4 out of 5 years my family has hosted a ginormous Easter Egg Hunt/Brunch with all the trimmings.  When I say ginormous, think 61 kids and 45 adults.  Yes, that's s.i.x.t.y o.n.e. k.i.d.s.  All going in and out of my house at the same time.  But hey, my husband wanted to make it a grand tradition that our kids will always remember.  And believe me, they will! 

A LOT of preparation goes into this event.  So I thought that this year it was time for me to share some of the arduous and really time-consuming really fun crafts, recipes, decor, etc. that go into what we call our Easter Egg Hunt.  And what better place to start than with my PEEPS?


Who doesn't love peeps?  I actually grew up not far from where they're made in Bethlehem, PA.  Today they're sold year-round for many holidays, not just Easter.  But I digress....I wanted to share a Peeps recipe that was a big hit with both the kids (who got to help) and the adults.  They're called Peeps Bunny Dips.  And if you also like chocolate you're in for a nice surprise!


Unfortunately, I wasn't a blogger when I made these, so there's no pics of the actual making-of-the-peeps.  However, it's sooooooo easy you truly don't need any visuals.

INGREDIENTS
Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies
1 (12 oz.) package of milk chocolate chips or melting chocolate
1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or other nuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
Other toppings of your choice
Parchment paper

TO PREPARE
1. Melt chocolate according to manufacturer's instructions (I just used Nestle milk chocolate chips, threw them in a glass bowl and put them in the microwave for a few minutes at a time, warming them gradually until they melted.)
2. Transfer melted chocolate to bowl deep enough for dipping.
3. Let cool until comfortable to the touch and slightly thicker than when first melted.  This helps the chocolate to "cling" to the Peeps and the toppings to "cling" to the chocolate.
4. Hold a Peeps bunny by the ears and dip bottom of bunny into the chocolate.  Allow the excess to drip off.
5. Roll or dip chocolate-covered bunny in favorite topping. (We used multi-colored sprinkles ~ they taste good and make them pop with color!  We didn't use coconut or nuts, but I'm sure that would be good, too.)
6. Cool on parchment paper.

These can be made ahead of time.  Then just arrange them on a festive plate with Easter grass and enjoy!

NOTE:  You can go to the Peeps website and find lots of recipes for those Peeps.  I looked for this one, but it's no longer listed.  I couldn't figure out why, until I stumbled upon their new product line.


So it looks like they're making their OWN Peeps Bunny Dips now.  But that's OK.  Cause everything tastes better handmade, no?  (And if you're pressed for time you can always run out and buy the ready made ones.  There, I said it!)

Yum.

More Easter Egg Hunt gems to follow as we get closer to Easter!

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Happy Tuesday, all!

4 comments:

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

61 kids!? Can you see me giving you a big bow...like a big Queen Elizabeth curtsy bow right now? I can't wait to see more pics!

Mary Patterson said...

WOW - what a party! You are not only creative, but VERY brave. Thanks for the neat Peeps recipe.
Mary P
http://MarysCottageTreasures.com/

Stitchfork said...

Your Easter dinner defines ginormous!
Love the Peeps!
Cathy

Mary Ann & Mother said...

How generous of your family - the children are very fortunate to be able to take part - this will be an event they'll never forget!

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