Peeps are actually really easy to make – they’re pretty much just marshmallows coated in dyed sugar crystals. All you need is sugar, gelatin, and food dye. Here’s the easy-peasy recipe for making Poopy peeps!
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The first thing we need to try and replicate the poop emoji is a brown sugar. Well not brown sugar, but brown dyed sugar. Granulated, white sugar has been refined into little pourable crystals that we use in our coffee or everyday cooking. Brown sugar, however, is granulated sugar with molasses added in. This gives the sugar a nice caramel, nutty flavor but also leads to the sugar forming moist clumps. These clumps can also dry out leaving hard rocks. We need sugar we can sprinkle, so we must dye the white sugar brown. To do this we need, you guessed it, brown food dye.
I went with the liquid food dye from Lorann Oils. To dye the sugar pour 1 cup of sugar into a Ziploc bag and then add the dye in drops. The problem is, that you are going to need a lot of drops to get the deep brown color of a turd. It took 125 drops to achieve this and I’m not sure what that is in teaspoons. If anyone tries this and measures it out please tell me in the comments and I’ll update the instructions. After you’ve added the dye, you will have 1 large dark clump in white. Just fully seal the baggie and massage it until the dye spreads throughout. It should only take a couple of minutes. Just make sure you break up the clumps so the dye spreads evenly.
Next, pour the brown dyed sugar through a coarse sieve to sift out the large clumps into a baking a sheet. We will be using this pan as a working surface. Discard the clumps from the strainer and shake the baking sheet to get a thin layer. Let it air dry for about 10 minutes. Last but not least, we need to add a little flavor to these poops. I did this by, first, pouring the sugar into a mason jar. To do this without making a mess, I simply made a cone out of printer paper and used it as a funnel. Lastly, we need to add some flavor, and instead of making it taste like something that came out of your chocolate starfish, we’re just going to make it chocolate. So add a 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa powder and shake it up.
Pour it back out into the baking sheet and shake it a bit to form an even layer.
Now it’s time to make some marshmallow! It’s surprisingly easy you just need a few things. We need a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer with the whisk attachment. We also need powdered gelatin, vanilla extract, candy thermometer, and a piping bag fitted with a 1/2 inch (Ateco #12) tip. Step 1 is the activate the gelatin. Pour a 1/3 of a cup of water into the mixing bowl and then pour the contents of 1 gelatin packet on top. Let it sit for 10 minutes. While the gelatin is…um…gelling, add 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water to a small sauce pan. Clip your candy thermometer to the side and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. The mixture is ready when it reads about 235ºF (~113ºC). This should take about 10 minutes so the timing is perfect. Pour the mixture into the stand mixer bowl and give it a gentle stir with a spoon to break up any leftover gelatin clumps. Add the vanilla extract and turn on the mixer at medium-high speed, and whisk until super fluffy (9 minutes).
Immediately, using a silicone spatula, transfer the mixture to your piping bag.
Alright, we’re ready to pipe some poop! Twist the end of your piping bag shut and break out your baking sheet lined with brown dyed sugar. Pipe out the marshmallow directly into the sugar making 2 inch diameter, tightly coiled piles of dookie. Remember you don’t have to squeeze too hard, but you do need to concentrate to get a beautiful BM. However, if your Texas Turds are not holding their shape and looking more like runny Mississippi Mud, wait a minute and let the marshmallow cool a bit. A “Pile of Poo” emoji has 4 levels, so keep that in mind when piping. Repeat until the piping bag is empty. You should have about 15 to 20 poop peeps.
While they are still tacky, just pick up the brown dyed sugar with your fingers and dump it on top. Once there is a light coating, you can even pick it up an dredge it gently in the sugar, or you could keep sprinkling. The dredging was most effective though.
Now you have poopy peep!
Fabulous! And HERE‘S a recipe to make Jabba the Hut marshmallow tweets.