This is the simplest way we could think of to create mock Easter “Peeps” that are egg free. And, this isn’t just something for you to make for your kids, this is an activity the kids can also get involved in! If you have a child that is allergic to eggs, this is a great alternative to coloring Easter eggs.
Don’t let those kid-os that are allergic to eggs feel left out of the Easter activities . . . they will truly enjoy creating these Mock “Peeps”. If you want to hide the mock “Peeps” for an Easter egg hunt, just encase each “Peep” in a zipper-style sandwich bag after they’ve had time to dry!
Here’s what you need to gather up:
- Jumbo Marshmallows (or homemade Marshmallows)
- Food Coloring
- Jell-o, 3 oz. boxes, 4 different flavors (colors to match food coloring) Suggestions: Berry Blue, Strawberry, Lemon, Lime
- Small bowls, 4
- Zipper-style sandwich bags, 4
- Empty Egg Carton
Ready, Set, Peep!
- Pour each box of Jell-o granules into its own sandwich bag and add a few drops food coloring to brighten the color (use the same color food dye as the jello). Zip the bag closed and shake until color is evenly distributed, set aside. Repeat for all 4 flavors/colors.
- Put 1/2 cup water in each of 4 small bowls, and add 10-20 drops of food coloring to each bowl.
- Cut Jumbo Marshmallows with scissors, into 3 or 4 silver-dollar shaped slices.
- Dip each Marshmallow disc in colored water and immediately place in bag with colored Jell-o. Shake to coat entire Marshmallow disc.
- Remove Marshmallow disc from plastic bag and set in egg carton to dry.
If you’d like to make your own Marshmallows, I found a great recipe at Yummly.com. And if you’d like your mock “Peeps” to look more like eggs, wash and dry a dozen plastic Easter eggs, and spray the insides with cooking spray. While the marshmallow mixture is still warm, pour into piping bag. Fill each plastic egg half with Marshmallow mixture, put two plastic egg halves together, clean outside of plastic egg with damp paper towel. Set eggs in egg carton and let sit overnight. Remove plastic eggs from Marshmallow eggs, then dip and shake as called for in step 4, above.
Not only did my grandkids enjoy making these mock “Peeps”, they enjoyed eating them, too!
Check back with NerdyMamma soon for more egg-alternative Easter ideas…
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