Fun Easter Project: How to Dehydrate Peeps Candy

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Written by Bernie Carr

Apartment Prepper daughter told me about this nifty project – dehydrated Peeps. You might remember the Peeps shortage last year. Peeps were not available for Easter, Halloween and Christmas 2020 due to coronavirus. Well, the good news is it’s almost Easter and Peeps are available at the grocery stores again.

Why dehydrate Peeps?

The recipe also works for regular marshmallows, not just Peeps candy.

If you’ve ever picked out the marshmallow charms out of a cereal box, you’ll know what I’m talking about. They’re delicious! And it’s super easy to make them yourself.

Dehydrated Peeps Candy Recipe

Food dehydrator

  1. If your dehydrator has an adjustable setting, set the temperature to preheat at around 150-165 degrees Fahrenheit. If it does not have a setting, just turn it on to preheat at whatever it normally does.
  2. Place the Peeps or marshmallows on the tray at about an inch apart. If you are using an oven, place them on a cookie sheet.
  3. Leave them dehydrating for 10-12 hours.
  4. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. They more crunchy as they cool.


  1. If you do not have a dehydrator, you can use an oven at 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the Peeps on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper about one inch apart.
  3. Check them at about 10 hours. They should feel dry, and will get more crunchy as they cool.

Once they are completely cool, store in an airtight container or use a food sealer to package them.

The end result is a sweet, very crunchy treat that melts in your mouth. You can eat them as is or use as:

  • topping for hot coco
  • addition to cereal
  • ground up for marshmallow powder

Shelf life

Dehydrated marshmallows or Peeps will keep for about two to six months. However they may not last that long if they are a big hit in your house!

I like to include treats in the food storage stash – they help you cope and feel a sense of normalcy in a disaster. If your family likes sweets, dehydrated marshmallows or Peeps would be a good addition.

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About the author:

Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.

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