This use of Peeps is not so exciting nor so entertaining as the Dueling Peep Microwave Battle, but it’s probably more socially acceptable .
- You can’t possibly use too much butter. Butter your hands, spoons, everything (EVERYTHING). This is going to be messy.
- While it’s important to work quickly, you can let the Treats cool to a warm but comfortable temperature before working with them. Then be fast.
- The Kellogg’s Rice Crispy recipe seems to work really well for this. It calls for a higher Crispy-to-Mallow ratio than does the Marshmallow-Bag recipe and that seems to work really well for shape retention.
DO save a few extra Peeps and DO have a Peep Battle. One of my son’s classmates came over and they had a (supervised) blast. Unless you like cleaning plates with melted marshmallows cemented to them, I highly recommend staging the battle on graham cracker halves, and placing the Peeps on a bed of Peep Poop* before the battle begins. Upon removal from the microwave, top with another graham cracker half and enjoy.
Science Lesson Of the Week
(How to Transform Peep Dueling into a Socially Acceptable Pastime)
When a marshmallow is heated (in the “heat of battle” as it were), it’s not the sugar that’s visibly expanding. It’s the air that has been whipped into the candy.
- Air is made up of gas molecules.
- The molecules are heated (with the microwave).
- Heat is a form of energy.
- If you give a child more energy (like sugar, which is stored energy), said child will bounce off the walls and make the most of his enclosure. Er, space.
- If you give gas molecules (such as the air that’s been whipped into a Peep) more energy, they will do the same thing a child will: bounce off the “walls” and make the most of their (in the case of the Peeps, stretchy) enclosure.
Follow up question: The air-filled spaces inside of a peep are stretchy and sealed. What would happen if you heat up air inside of a sealed, rigid container? **
Duel the Peeps. After all, it’s for science.
*Chocolate chips, for those of you who don’t have 8 year old boys in the house.
** Answer: Pressure will build up. If the pressure exceeds the strength of the container, the container will burst. Boom.