Why eat Peeps when you can use them to transform your home into an Easter wonderland?
Festive Peep garlands can be easily created using Peeps, any colorful Easter candy that has a soft center, and embroidery thread. (Dental floss, the sturdy kind, could also work in a pinch.) The best part is that they’ll last all the way until Memorial Day! Of 2013!
Plan ahead: Let the Peeps sit out for a few days out of the pack and exposed so they become stale and are a bit more easy to handle. Then using a large needle threaded with embroidery thread, string the Peeps and Easter candy into patterns.
Choose good candy: I used large jelly beans, egg-shaped bubble gum balls, Chiclets gum, Rolos, and those little licorice capsules. (Sorry, I didn’t get to eat a lot of candy as a kid, I don’t know what they’re called.)
Let them set: The key is letting the garlands “dry” flat on a countertop so all the sticky stuff inside, including the Peep innards (I think that is the scientific name), cling to the embroidery thread. Otherwise you’ll get candy sliding down the threads when you hang them up, like Peeps in gym class.
Hang from anywhere: I hung a bunch of strands in the windows, over mirrors, and from the light in the kitchen, making a kind of Peeps chandelier. The Peeps garlands also look great hanging in trees, and they look especially good hanging over a decent Bloody Mary.
In fact, the garlands would also make a beautiful necklace… which gives me a great idea for this year…