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What does a mama of four boys do to entertain her sons over Spring Break? Well, today after we finished trying to kick up the reaction from dropping Mentos into Diet Coke by coating them in baking soda–didn’t work–we put marshmallows in the microwave to see how big they would get before deflating. I won’t bore you with the science behind the reaction…just know that they get huge!

Seriously, beyond heating water for tea, microwaving marshmallows is the main reason I own a microwave.

Welcome to my Day in the Life…

Being that Easter is just a few short days away, naturally I have a stash of marshmallow Peeps in the house. This was not a big leap:

Obviously.

Comfortably Domestic Confession: I have two 6-packs of Hershey’s bars, a big bag of marshmallows, and a box of graham crackers on hand at all times in case of a s’more emergency.  We have frequent bonfires during the warmer months for the express purpose of roasting marshmallows, but in a pinch, the microwave will do.

If you’ve never made s’mores in the microwave, you are seriously missing out. And if you’ve never made s’mores with Peeps…well that has to change like pronto!

C’mon! It’ll be fun!

I do not iron. Ever.

Grab some Peeps, Hershey’s milk chocolate bars, and a sleeve of graham crackers.

Mis en place. Snap a graham cracker in half. Set a Peep on one half, and a 1/4 of a Hershey’s bar on the other half. Set the whole deal on a microwave safe plate.

Set the graham cracker half with the chocolate aside while you put the Peep half in the microwave.  Cook on full power for 8-15 seconds, depending on the wattage of your microwave. My nuker is a middle of the road wattage wise, so I set it for 10 seconds.

At which point this happens. Actually, the Peep puffs up even more, but as soon as the microwave cuts off, it immediately begins to deflate.  My boys think this is hilarious.

Pop the chocolate on top of the puffed-up-Peep, and cover it with the other half of the graham cracker.

Which came first? The chicken or the chocolate?  Sorry. I had to go there. Lest you think I’ve got it out for sweet little marshmallow chicks, take heart…

and know that I’m equal opportunity when it comes to s’mores. The little pink bunnies got a chance to ride on the nuclear carousel, too.

Help me! I'm melting!

Suffice it to say that the results with the bunnies are a tad more extreme, but equally delicious.

Seriously messy. Thankfully I have a few volunteers that don’t mind getting all sticky and messy when they eat. In fact, they excel at it.

Case in point.  The Baby opted for an unconventional method for eating his very first s’more. Very fun to watch.

He stopped after he picked the melted chocolate off his s’more. He stopped after the chocolate was gone and left the rest on his plate. That’s my boy!

So if you’re as easily amused as we are, go ahead and pop a few marshmallow Peeps in the microwave and make Peeps S’mores.

Happy Easter, Peeps! ;)

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