We sent Andrew in with all the little Valentine’s for his class today. He was so sweet addressing them last night, diligently writing his name on all of them – it just melted my heart. I can’t believe how big my little boy has gotten so quickly!
We also made these to share with his class too. Evidently, Peeps makes marshmallow confections for things other than Easter now – who knew? Not only that, but they come in delicious flavors like vanilla and strawberry cream. These simple marshmallow hearts, when dipped in chocolate and stuck on a lollipop stick make for a super cute little treat to share with friends.
We also had a lot of fun dipping them, and then decorating them with some festive Valentine sprinkles. In about half an hour, we’d made about 30 of them. More than enough for him to take in to share with his class – plus a few extra for our Valentines around here…*ahem* a certain little brother.
A found some lollipop treat bags to seal them up in, and tied closed with a piece of baker’s twine. When put together, I thought they were just adorable. And after sampling one, I have to admit they’re pretty darn delicious too! A nice, lighter change from all the chocolate we’re bombarded with this time of year. And, I mean, how cute and fun? I’m sure this is one we’ll be looking forward to making every year!
Chocolate Covered Peeps Lollipops
2 packages Peeps Marshmallow Hearts
1 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or semi-sweet chips)
2 tsp vegetable shortening
colored Valentine sprinkles
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or wax paper, set aside.
Place chocolate and shortening in a glass bowl, and place over a bowl of simmering water to create a double boiler. Carefully stir until chocolate has completely melted.
Place each Peep heart on a lollipop stick, and carefully dip half of the heart into the chocolate mixture. Let excess chocolate drip off, and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with 4 or 5 lollipops, then apply the sprinkles and let cool and chocolate harden.
Repeat process with remaining lollipops.
Peep lollipops fit perfectly in standard size lollipop bags, if giving as gifts. They can be found in the cake decorating section of most grocery stores. Tie closed with a pretty ribbon or baker’s twine.
Source: adapted from Peeps Marshmallows