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Peeps Christmas Cardinals

TOTAL TIME
MIN.
SERVINGS
6
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INGREDIENTS

  • 6 PEEPS Cream Fudge Dipped Red Velvet Flavored Chicks
  • Black food coloring marker
  • 12 small snowflake sprinkles
  • 16 ounces melted and tempered milk chocolate or melted light cocoa candy melts
  • 3 round caramel apple wrappers
  • 6 pretzel rods
  • 1 tablespoon toffee bits
  • 18 small dipping pretzels (3 1/2 inches long by 3/8 inches in diameter)
  • 1 ounce melted and tempered white chocolate or melted white candy melts

INSTRUCTIONS

Decorate the PEEPS to look like Cardinals

  • Unwrap Red Velvet Chicks Dipped in Cream Flavored Fudge and use a black food coloring marker to draw two eyes closer to the beak.
  • Draw a black mask around the new eyes and beak.
  • Pour about a tablespoon of the melted chocolate into a small zip top bag and snip off one tip.
  • Pipe two small dots of chocolate over the newly created eyes.
  • Pipe a line up over the chick’s head from one of the original eyes to the other.
  • While the chocolate is still wet, attach one snowflake sprinkle on either end of the line, creating earmuffs for the cardinal.

Decorate the Chocolate Caramel Branches

  • Cut the caramel apple wrappers in half.
  • Wrap one piece of caramel around each of the 6 pretzel rods.
  • Press 8-10 toffee bits into the caramel on each pretzel. These will become bumpy knobs on the tree.
  • Dip the pretzel rods in chocolate.
  • Set chocolate coated pretzels on a non-stick silicone mat or a piece of parchment paper.
  • Break the dipping pretzels into various sizes for the smaller tree branches.
  • Dip the pretzel pieces in chocolate.
  • Once the chocolate has set, use melted chocolate to attach 4-5 smaller pretzels to each pretzel rod, creating the look of a tree branch.
  • Brush more melted chocolate over the entire tree branch creating the effect of bark.
  • Once the chocolate has set, use a brush to dab white chocolate over the tops of the chocolate branches, to look like freshly fallen snow.
  • Use melted chocolate to attach one PEEPS Cardinal to each branch.

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ABOUT MARSHMALLOW PEEPS®

The wonderful combination of sweet colored sugar and fluffy marshmallow creates an unforgettable taste experience. PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies are made by Just Born, Inc., a family-owned candy manufacturer. We make everyone's favorite candies: MIKE AND IKE®, HOT TAMALES®, TEENEE BEANEE® Gourmet Jelly Beans, GOLDENBERG'S® PEANUT CHEWS®, and of course, PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies.

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