Swimming Peeps Jello Cups

Swimming Peeps Jello Cups – a cute and easy Easter recipe that uses peeps!
Swimming Peeps Jello Cups - a cute and easy Easter recipe that uses peeps!I think your kids are going to want this cute Easter treat. Geez, I mean I want one of these jello cups!

Peeps seem like an obligatory treat to include in an easter basket. Some kids love them and some don’t. Do your kids like them?

Swimming Peeps Jello Cups - a cute and easy Easter recipe that uses peeps!When I was little, I usually went for the jelly beans or the chocolate easter eggs first. If I did open my peeps, I would usually only eat one and then the rest of them would go stale over the next few days, ha.

When we have kids, I will probably still include Peeps in their easter baskets because they are iconic. But instead of giving each kid a package of peeps, I think it could be fun to buy one package of peeps for the whole family and then use them in a new recipe each easter. How fun would that be?!

Swimming Peeps Jello Cups - a cute and easy Easter recipe that uses peeps!The idea of eating peeps in a recipe is more appealing to me than just eating them.

Some of my other favorite uses for peeps include..
-making peeps rice krispie bars
-popping a peep into your hot chocolate
-melt the peeps and pour them over ice cream or popcorn
-using them to decorate a cake

This recipe for swimming peeps jello cups is super easy to make! You’ll need 2 boxes of blue jello mix, or more depending on how many jello cups you plan to make, water, cool whip, blue food coloring and peeps. The jello will take about 4 hours to set, sometimes I wish it would set instantly.. maybe I could ask the resident chemist to develop a type of jello that would set in seconds :)

Swimming Peeps Jello Cups - a cute and easy Easter recipe that uses peeps!I better start brainstorming now for next year’s peep recipe!

Swimming Peeps Jello Cups

Total Time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes blue jello mix
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 container cool whip
  • Blue food coloring
  • Chick peeps

Directions:

  1. Empty 2 boxes of blue jello mix into a mixing bowl.
  2. Heat 2+ cups of water in a tea pot or on a stove until boiling.
  3. Once it boils, measure out 2 cups and carefully pour it into the bowl with the jello mix.
  4. Use a spatula to dissolve the powder, stirring for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add 2 cups of cold water to the bowl, and stir until combined.
  6. Divide the jello among the bowls you want to use.
  7. Place them in the refrigerator for 4 hours or until they are completely set.
  8. Before serving, add a few drops of blue food coloring to a container of cool whip. Mix until the color is even.
  9. Top each jello cup with a dollop of cool whip and a chick peep.
Swimming Peeps Jello Cups - a cute and easy Easter recipe that uses peeps!
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44 Responses to “Swimming Peeps Jello Cups”

  1. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen — March 17, 2015 at 8:13 am

    So adorable! They really do look like they are swimming!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Just floating right along!

  2. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — March 17, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I was never a peeps fan either, but with this dessert who could resist.

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 17, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      I just keep thinking, after you eat this dessert, you might feel like you have something swimming around inside you!

  3. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — March 17, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Oh my goodness! This has to be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      :) :)

  4. olivia - Primavera Kitchen — March 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

    How cute! They are so adorable like everything you do! LOVE! Pinning it for later ;-)

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Olivia, thank you for pinning!

  5. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — March 17, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Okay, these are SUPER cute! My daughter will love making these!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Let me know if you make them!

  6. Kate @ Diethood — March 17, 2015 at 10:40 am

    OMG! That is adorable!!! My kids would go ballistic for ’em!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Awww!!!

  7. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — March 17, 2015 at 11:18 am

    These are too cute!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks friend :)

  8. kristi@inspirationkitchen.com — March 17, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Such a great idea, how in the world did you think of that? Clever!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      I really like working with jello!

  9. Joanie @ ZagLeft — March 17, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I love this idea! I’ve always preferred Peeps in recipes and this is precious. Pinning!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you Joanie!

  10. Kelley — March 17, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    These are just too cute! I can’t show them to my kids though because they will beg me to make them. Ha! :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 20, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Maybe a few days before Easter you can surprise them with these cups!

  11. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen — March 18, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Beth, I swear you are the queen of cute desserts! I LOVE THESE!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 20, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Ashlyn, thank you, you’re too sweet!

  12. Sadly I use to love peeps as a kid. For some reason they resembled marshmallows. Really bad marshmallows…I will just take your cut decoration idea here than suffering through a bad sugar coma!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 20, 2015 at 7:09 am

      I know! I would so much rather have homemade marshmallow peeps!

  13. Alyssa — March 18, 2015 at 7:23 am

    These are so cute! My son would love them.

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 20, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Big smiles all around, right?!

  14. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — March 18, 2015 at 9:12 am

    These are so cute!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 20, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Thanks Jessica!

  15. Andi @ The Weary Chef — March 18, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Aaaw so cute! I love Easter – animal-themed food is the best kind of food. This is such a creative recipe!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 20, 2015 at 7:09 am

      Thanks Andi!

  16. Jessica @ Sweet Menu — March 18, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Beth you are the queen of cute and quirky treats! I LOVE these gorgeous jello cups. TOO much fun!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 20, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Jello is just too fun to work with!

  17. Karen — March 22, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    What size of box do you use for the jello?

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 22, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Hi Karen, I used 3oz boxes!

  18. Deb — March 22, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    This is such a cute idea. I also am not overly fond of peeps plain. My grandkids love them and I had a brainstorm of my own for Easter. Using a mini muffin pan, chocolate chip cookie dough, foil covered chocolate eggs and Peeps. Make a small ‘cup’ from the cookie dough in the mini muffin pan. After baking, place 2 or 3 of the chocolate eggs in the cookie cup and place a peeps chick on top. Looks like she’s sitting on a nest. I don’t know what I’d use for the so called nest material if I used anything. I had thought about grating some peanut butter baking chips and using as the nest but would have to sprinkle on the cookie dough before baking, but then it would turn into a blob, so I ruled that out. You are welcome to use my idea and add to it if you’d like. Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 26, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Deb, What about using chow mein noodles for the nest?

  19. Sandi — March 29, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Great idea for a baby shower too. You could also use a red flavored jello and pink cool whip for a little girl or the one shown for a boy.

  20. Robin — April 1, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Where did you get the glass cups? Making these for my grandkids. So cute!!

  21. Caron — April 3, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    super super cute idea! Makes me miss having little kids again…
    Sharing on our EverythingCoastal.com blog today

  22. Terri Oliver Steffes — February 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    May I use this delightful post in a round up and one of your photos?  It is so cute!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 25, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Hi Terri! Yep, that’s okay, please include a link back to the post. :)

  23. Brandi — March 27, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Just made these today. Super cute.

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 28, 2016 at 9:12 am

      I hope everyone enjoyed them!

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