I did a search for how many marshmallow Peeps are sold each year. About 700 million Peeps was the figure I found most often — and that was from 2007. That’s a lot of Peeps. I don’t know how many of those Peeps go to waste every year, but if my Peep consumption growing up is any indication, probably many of them hit the trashcan uneaten.

Just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about, Peeps are colored, sugar-coated marshmallows that people either love or hate. I’m in the hate group. Even if I liked them, I wouldn’t buy them because they’re a mixture of sugar, corn syrup and artificial food dyes, but I know that they are a standard addition to the annual Easter basket.

It’s not just Easter anymore; there are Peeps for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Peeps have become so popular that Rita’s Water Ice introduced Rita’s Peeps Ice this year. Ewwww.

In the interest of saving wasted food because it's bad for the environment, I’ve found some creative recipes for all the Peeps languishing in your Easter baskets:

  • Peep Fondue – A few ingredients melted with Peeps make a fondue for dipping fruit slices or cookies.
  • Peepuccino – Melt a peep in really hot coffee.
  • Peepshi – It’s like Sushi, but really gross.
  • Peep Krispie Treats – Not too difficult to figure out ... switch out regular the plain marshmallows for Peeps in Rice Krispie Treats.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Peep fondue and other ideas for leftover Easter Peeps
From Peep sushi to fondue, leftover Peeps are a versatile ingredient.