Peeps Show: Splatter Painted Marshmallows

Remember Peeps? At Hello Recess, we were jonesing for some Easter marshmallows but wanted something a little more grown up than the neon yellow birds of our childhood. We stumbled upon this Jackson Pollock inspired marshmallow DIY from Lonny. Easy and fun, it’s kid-friendly but still looks perfect when served at the big kids table.



Toothpicks or fun cocktail swords
Food coloring
Vegetable oil
Ramekins or a muffin tin
Paper towel
Serving tray

Note: We did this DIY with classic Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue food coloring but this project also looks great with a neon food coloring set.


  1. To start, clear your counter space and put a sheet of paper towel on the serving tray; set aside. Set out the ramekins and fill each with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Squeeze 10-20 drips of food coloring into the ramekin, which will float atop the vegetable oil. Use a toothpick to swirl the color around.
  2. Skewer a marshmallow with a cocktail sword and dip it into the oil until all sides are coated with color. You can gently roll and dab the marshmallow on the paper towel to remove excess oil without messing up the dye. Set it on the tray to dry. Repeat until there are no boring plain marshmallows in sight. Try adding two or three colors into one ramekin, or experiment with  different ways of mixing the dyes.

If you want an extra sweet treat, try dipping the bottom half of your dyed marshmallow into a ramekin of melted chocolate and set it on top of a small graham cracker square to dry for bite sized s’mores.

Photos provided by Lonny.

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