I don’t necessarily want to hammer you with statistics but quite frankly, the numbers related to Easter in America are staggering. In the video below you’ll learn that Americans purchase over 700 million Peeps marshmallow treats each year.
What they won’t mention is that huge number is only a fraction of the astronomical amount of Easter candy Americans consume annually. That includes 16 billion jelly beans, 90 million chocolate bunnies (the most popular single purchase), and overall, 120 million pounds of candy. Believe it or not, on a per capita basis, the U.K. actually consumes more candy than the United States, so, at least we do something a bit healthier than other parts of the world! This particular recipe might make you doubt that statement, though. These two sweets-loving chefs combine boxed cake mix, fudge, and - what else? - Peeps into “cookie” bars that have to be seen to be believed.
For the cookie layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 egg yolks
1 15.25-ounce box yellow cake mix, like Betty Crocker
1/4 cup sprinkles
For the fudge layer:
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
3 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 packages Peeps
1/4 cup sprinkles
1/4 cup pastel M&M's
To make the cookie layer: Preheat oven to 325ºF. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter on medium-high in a large bowl until soft and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolks and egg, and beat until incorporated, about an additional 2 minutes. Add cake mix in 3 stages over low speed until fully incorporated, and then fold in sprinkles.
Bake for 16-20 minutes, turning the dish halfway through the cook time, until the edges start to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven, and let sit until cooled.
To make fudge layer: Fill a large saucepan with about an inch of water. Set a large heatproof mixing bowl on top, and add the sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate chips, and vanilla extract to the bowl. Heat on high, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and pour over the cookie layer.
While the fudge is still wet, garnish with Peeps, sprinkles, and candy. Let cool completely, and cut into squares."
H/T: POPSUGAR Food