Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fun in the Kitchen: S'more Peep Treats

Rite-Aid has clearance Easter Peeps at 90% off this week. For nineteen cents, we got a package of three dark chocolate dipped Peeps. When I saw them on clearance, I knew just what to do with them!

This is a fun kitchen science experiment. Take half a graham cracker, set a Peep on it (dark chocolate dipped is a good choice), pop them in the microwave, and nuke them until the Peep has expanded so it looks like it's ready to explode (13 seconds worked for us). Squish the Peep between the two halves of the graham cracker and enjoy your S'more Peep Treat!

NOTE: If you can't find the chocolate-dipped Peeps anywhere, get the regular kind and use chocolate chips or bar chocolate on the other half graham cracker. Or you could squirt some chocolate syrup on the heated Peep before adding the second graham cracker to your treat. That is, if chocolate is as important to you as it is to me...

Have your child(ren) theorize why the marshmallow candy expands when heated in the microwave. After all, they don't get that much bigger when roasted over a bonfire! Then do some research to find out the answer! (Oh, yes, I know I could post the answer here for you, but where's the fun in that?)


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