Marshmallow Creepers [Free Printable] [Recipe]

|By Kayla Domeyer| Downloads, Featured, Gifts, Misc, Recipes, Uncategorized

DIY Creeper Marshmallows at Saynotsweetanne.com

Last April fools day ThinkGeek pulled a prank about Marshmallow Creeps. These were Peeps that looked like Creepers from the popular indie game Minecraft. Well, needless to say it went over well, and people were sorely disappointed to discover that they could not actually purchase them.

For months I’ve been thinking about making my own marshmallows. So when I remembered these little guys , I knew just what to make! And let me tell you, these were so easy. All this time I was putting off making marshmallows because of the whole boiling sugar part. It was NO BIG DEAL!! So let’s get to it shall we?
Creeper Marshmallows

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup green Sugar (instructions on making your own below)
  • Green food coloring
  • 3 packets of unflavored geletin
  • 1.5 cups of granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup cold water (divided)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Stand mixer 
  • Free Printable Label

How to make it:

  1. You’re going to need a lot of green sugar for these guys. I opted to make my own, since it’s a really easy and a lot cheaper. Start with about 3/4 cup of sugar in your stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Add 30-40 drops of liquid food color and whisk until even in color.
    Marshmallow Creeper Tutorial at saynotsweetanne.com
    Marshmallow Creeper Tutorial at saynotsweetanne.com
  2. Let the sugar dry out in a thin layer on a pan. It will have lumps, so throw it back in the mixer and whisk until sugar is fine and free flowing.
    DIY Colored Sugar Tutorial at saynotsweetanne.com
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  3. Set the green sugar aside, its time to start the marshmallows! Prep work is key here. Start by using a spray non stick coating to cover a 9×13 pan and the paddle of a rubber spatula. I also dusted the inside of the pan with green sugar. It turns out it wasn’t needed, and changed the texture of the marshmallow a little on that side. If doing it again, I’d omit that step.
    Creeper Shaped Peeps Tutorial
  4. Pour half of the cold water into the stand mixer bowl, and add the gelatin packets. I didn’t even stir.
    Marshmallow Creeper Tutorial at saynotsweetanne.com
  5. In a heavy bottom sauce pan, add the rest of the water, the sugar and corn syrup (I also added some green food coloring). Heat on medium high and stir until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Use a candy thermometer and let the mixture come up to 240 degrees without stirring.Minecraft Marshmallow Creeper Tutorial at saynotsweetanne.com
    MineCraft Creeper Marshmallows Tutorial
  6. Once the mixture comes to temp, move to the mixer. Turn the mixer on low with the whisk, and slowly pour the hot sugar mixture into the gelatin mixture. Once all if the sugar is in the mixing bowl, turn the mixer up to high.
    Marshmallow Creeper Tutorial at saynotsweetanne.com
  7. Let mixture whip until thick and about triple in volume. For me it was 12 minutes. Add 1 tsp of vanilla to the mixture in the last minute of whisking.
    Home Made Marshmallows Tutorial
  8. Pour the mixture into your prepared pan, using the greased spatula to scoop it out and smooth the top.
    How to make MineCraft Creeper MArshmallows
    How to make MineCraft Creeper Marshmallows
  9. Pour some green sugar in the top and leave it alone for at least an hour.
    MineCraft Creeper Marshmallows How to
    MineCraft Creeper Marshmallows How to
  10. After the marshmallows have cooled, turn the block out into a shallow cookies sheet (this will help you save the sugar) coat the rest of the sides in your sugar. Use a greased pizza cutter to cut it into long rectangle blocks about 3 times taller than they are wide. Coat the naked edges in the sugar.
    MineCraft Creeper Marshmallows How to
    MineCraft Creeper Marshmallows How to
    MineCraft Creeper Marshmallows How to
  11. With a greased knife, cut the legs of the creeper (there are 4), and dust the bare marshmallow with sugar.
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    Look at the pile of Creeper bodies! That's what you get for blowing up my house!

    Look at the pile of Creeper bodies! That’s what you get for blowing up my house!

  12. Once all of your bodies are ready, its time to do the faces! I used chocolate ganash (2tsp chocolate chips to 1tsp heavy cream melted in the microwave) and a toothpick to paint the squares. Start with the mouth, then the eyes, the the frown.
    Creeper Face Marshmallows
    Creeper Face Marshmallows
    Creeper Face Marshmallows
    DIY Creeper Marshmallows
  13. Once your faces are done, you’re ready to package! I made a super cute label you can download here. Slip the creepers into a zip lock and either staple the label to the top, or tuck it in with them. Done!
    MineCraft MarshmallowsHome made Creeper Marshmallows

These were so fun to make, I’m brimming with other themed ideas! I could see these at a Minecraft kids’ party, or just a special treat For the gamer in your life. They are too funny!

 


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69 Comments on Marshmallow Creepers [Free Printable] [Recipe]

    • Kayla
      March 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm (2 years ago)

      You’re so right! I actually told my hubby they looked like Gumby with only the 2 legs, so I had to make 4 like in the game!

      Reply
    • Kayla
      March 17, 2013 at 9:40 am (2 years ago)

      Ha! That’s how I felt the whole time I was making them!

      Reply
  1. Noreen
    March 17, 2013 at 10:24 pm (2 years ago)

    What a fun idea! They look like they’d be perfect for Halloween, too! I’m pinning it.
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    Reply
  2. Amy @ Making Life Whimsical
    March 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I was guilty last year of trying to buy these online! LOL! I am SO going to make these for my boy! Thank you so much!

    Reply
    • Kayla
      March 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm (2 years ago)

      I think its hilarious that your hubby would love them! Mine’s a total video game geek too!

      Reply
  3. Arlene
    March 25, 2013 at 8:01 am (2 years ago)

    Great idea!! My son would love these for his Minecraft party. Wondering how long they will keep, so I could make them in advance if possible. Please LMK… Thx!

    Reply
    • Kayla
      March 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Well, I made mine the weekend I posted them. Stored in a Ziploc they are still good today! I would say the danger is going stale and getting hard.

      Reply
  4. Jamie Aube
    March 25, 2013 at 11:52 am (2 years ago)

    These are awesome!! How many creepers does one batch make??

    Reply
    • Kayla
      March 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m glad you like them! It really depends on how you cut them. I would estimate between 16 and 22. Keep in mind they’re a bit bigger than peeps, so you might not want to give away too many. Sugar rush! :D

      Reply
  5. Jerry
    March 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm (2 years ago)

    I made these this weekend and they were a HUGE hit. My kids (8 & 10) “host” an egg decorating party each year so I made these for their guests. The marshmallow is very easy to make. Just make sure your temperature is right at 240°. The most time consuming part was, of course, the legs and the face, but the kids went absolutely crazy for them. Thanks for posting this great recipe.

    Reply
    • Kayla
      March 26, 2013 at 10:23 am (2 years ago)

      I’m so glad you liked them! I’m so glad they worked out for you and I totally agree about the faces. I wonder if I could make a stencil and use some spray food coloring to do them in bulk? Still- a totally fun projects am I right!?

      Reply
  6. Tina
    March 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, these are so perfect for the minecraft party my son is having this weekend, and SO cute. I have a question though. After i mixed in the hot liquid to the gelatin mixture and mixed on high, I figured i have the same mixer as you, so i let it go for almost 12 minutes, but the mixture came out very stringy and very hard to smooth out in the pan. Should i have mixed it for less time?

    Reply
    • Kayla
      March 28, 2013 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m so glad you tried it! My guess is that maybe your house is cooler than mine? It sounds like your mallow cooled while it was still whipping? I’m certainly no marshmallow expert, but I would try again and watch it while it mixes.

      Reply
      • Tina
        March 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm (2 years ago)

        Ok, i think i did it! Mixed it for about 7 minutes and they came out perfect into the pan. So i guess the colder it is in the house the less time it needs mixing. It’s about 72 degrees in the house. I’m not much of a baker, so it’s new to me. i just knew that i had to try to make these for my sons party since he is crazy over minecraft! Thank you for the cool recipe!

        Reply
        • Kayla
          March 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm (2 years ago)

          Oh my goodness that’s awesome!! I’m so glad it worked out for you. I’d love to see pictures of your party!! ♥

          Reply
  7. Rachael
    March 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Just made these last night and they came out perfect! Didn’t have heavy cream on hand, so I just melted a Baker’s Square of Choc for the facial features. Thank you so much!

    Reply
    • Kayla
      March 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Ah! I’m so glad it worked for you! =D I can’t wait to hear how they went over!

      Reply
  8. Erin
    April 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm (1 year ago)

    My son and I mad them this weekend. Super easy and cute! The only thing that I would suggest is if you are peep connoisseurs (as we are over here) I would cut the vanilla to 1/4 or 1/2 tsp and maybe add it sooner so it is more incorporated. I felt like some had a strong vanilla flavor and some didn’t. For our faces we cut out a stencil and colored it in with black food coloring. Thanks for the great post!

    Reply
  9. K
    April 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm (1 year ago)

    This might be a silly question…but is it possible to use store bought marshmallow cream for these?

    Reply
    • Kayla
      April 30, 2013 at 8:54 am (1 year ago)

      K,

      Mallow Cream never sets. Its always sort of soft, which is the main difference between mallo cream and marshmallows. So unfortunately, no. I’d think if you tried you’d end up with a mess that you couldn’t cut into bars at all. It would keep the consistency it has out of the jar. But I promise making the marshmallows is easy!

      Reply
  10. K
    May 1, 2013 at 11:12 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Kayla,
    Thanks for your reply~i figured that might be the case. Wish me luck, I’m gonna attempt to make these tonight for my son’s 10th b-day tomorrow! Thank you so very much for sharing!! :)

    Reply
    • Kayla
      May 1, 2013 at 11:24 am (1 year ago)

      Good luck! Email me with any questions and I’ll do my best to help! I only made marshmallow the once, and it worked for me!

      Reply
  11. Robin
    May 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm (1 year ago)

    Thank you for this. I surprised my 12 year old with these in his lunch. He loved showing them off. I loved the ease in making the marshmallow. I’ve tried before and there were more steps, more complications. These were simple and yummy, even though I forgot the vanilla. I will be using this marshmallow recipe from now on.

    Reply
    • Kayla
      May 3, 2013 at 11:38 pm (1 year ago)

      Robin,

      I am SO GLAD to hear that it worked out for you. I’ve never tried any marshmallow recipe but this one, although I was afraid to try at first. I’m so glad your son loved them!! ♥

      Reply
  12. Andrea
    May 23, 2013 at 1:08 am (1 year ago)

    Oh my word, you are going to single handedly make my son’s 11th birthday party a huge hit (If I can pull this off!) Thank you so much for the simple instructions and packaging idea and labels, seriously out of this world! Can’t wait to try making these, the boys are going to flip :)
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    • Kayla
      May 23, 2013 at 8:36 am (1 year ago)

      I totally feel you! I was dancing around the kitchen when I made them. They are so exciting!

      Reply
  13. nys
    May 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm (1 year ago)

    hi
    just wondering about how these ‘keep’ I want to make them in advance for my sons party in 1 week–i fig. peeps are wayyy older than that… but wondering if they will get gooey…? any experience? i want to make them now in case i need a couple of tries ;) and i have limited time this week.
    thanks

    Reply
    • Kayla
      May 26, 2013 at 12:22 am (1 year ago)

      I’ve kept them about a week in a ziplock bag. A couple of times they were a little sticky on the back side. Since then I wait for them to cool completely, then store them with a brown paper bag piece in a larger bag. That seems to work!

      Reply
  14. Melissa
    June 5, 2013 at 10:09 am (1 year ago)

    Great idea! Just wondering what size packs of unflavored gelatin did you use? I don’t think I’ve ever bought unflavored gelatin so maybe it is only packaged one way? We are having a Minecraft party in about 2 weeks and I’ve already been making some other things, considering you cannot really buy party supplies for this theme…these will be perfect! Thank you :)

    Reply
    • Kayla
      June 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm (1 year ago)

      Melissa,

      I’ve only known them to come in one size packet. I don’t have any in the house right now- so I can’t check! :/

      Reply
  15. Melissa
    June 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm (1 year ago)

    Ok thanks for the feedback!

    Reply
  16. TLB
    June 11, 2013 at 11:22 am (1 year ago)

    This might be a very stupid question, so I apologize in advance…sorry !!
    I am trying to cut corners over here. lol. Could i just buy premade marshmallows (you know the real kind you toast at campfires….not the liquid form) and somehow make them green either by dye and / or your green sugar ? If so how can I make the green sugar stick ? I would just be making the face,not the whole body. Oh and one more thing what is heavy cream ? Cant you tell I am not as crafty as you ? Thank you so much for your brilliant idea and help my daughter just told me she wanted this theme for her birthday and I must admit this is the coolest thing I have seen !!

    Reply
    • Kayla
      June 11, 2013 at 11:31 am (1 year ago)

      TLB,

      Well, I’ve never done it the way you are suggesting- with store bought marshmallows. Those are covered in starch/powdered sugar to keep them from being sticky- so I bet the sugar wouldn’t stick to them. If you got them slightly wet it might… but then they might melt. :C

      I urge you to consider making them from scratch. The making of the marshmallow is only 3 extra steps (ingredients in pan, ingredients in mixer, ingredients spread out to cool) and will really make the difference.

      You could certainly save time by only doing heads, cutting the marshmallow into squares instead of the rectangles and cutting all the legs. That would be a real time saver!

      And heavy cream is also called “Whipping Cream” its essentially just cream with a very high fat content.

      Hope this helps!!

      Reply
  17. Meg
    August 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Oki will give these a shot… Maybe today, but have you considered selling them? I am so not crafty! Would love to purchase from you if you are interested? Planning ahead for my sons minecraft party.

    Reply
    • Kayla
      August 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm (1 year ago)

      Meg,

      I’m so glad you like them, definitely give it a try! Unfortunately, I cannot sell anything with the creepers, as they are owned by MineCraft. Also, I don’t really have the time or space to make foodstuffs to sell. :/ but I promise its not hard! Give it a shot! How many people can say they made HOME MADE marshmallows!?

      Reply
  18. Micahlad
    December 6, 2013 at 7:59 pm (11 months ago)

    I got a sticky situation. I poured the suger /syrup stuff into the gelatin mix and its still a green sticky goop after stirred. Whys it like this? :\

    Reply
    • Kayla Domeyer
      December 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm (11 months ago)

      Hey Micahlad,

      Did you add it in a little at a time? It definitely needs to go in slow. Also, it needs to whip, not stir, and for along time. Mine took over 10 minutes!!

      Reply
  19. Kelse
    December 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm (10 months ago)

    Omg this seems so wonderful, but I don’t have a candy thermometer! Such a thorn in my side when I see awesome recipes like this! I have regular marshmallows, is there any way I could just melt those down and add the sugar??

    Reply
    • Kayla Domeyer
      December 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm (10 months ago)

      Kelse,

      What a bummer. In short: no. Not at all. Existing marshmallows have already cured gelatin and whipped sugar in them. Melting them again would be like trying to dice up cooked egg into a cake. its not the same as starting with raw. =D Candy thermometers are pretty easy to find and not that expensive. Maybe its time to find one?

      Reply
  20. Maggie Mason
    February 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm (9 months ago)

    You CRUSHED this. Seriously, I am giddy with affection, and making these for my kiddos Minecraft party right now.

    Reply
    • Kayla Domeyer
      February 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm (9 months ago)

      Ha ha! I’m glad you love it so much! They ARE AWESOME!! Go make them! Now!

      Reply
  21. jennie
    March 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm (7 months ago)

    Ok just tried to order the Creeps for my son’s bday..denied! Ugh! Found this tho! I don’t have a stand mixer, will a conventional mixer work? Thank you for your help!

    Reply
    • Kayla Domeyer
      March 20, 2014 at 9:33 am (7 months ago)

      Jennie,

      I would think that a hand mixer with whipping blades would work. The issue is the length of time it will take. It took me over 10 minutes in my stand mixer. If you can hand mix for that long, and also slowly pour molten sugar into your metal bowl while also holding the mixer – you can do it!

      Reply
  22. Melissa Murphy
    March 21, 2014 at 10:45 pm (7 months ago)

    I wanted to thank you for sharing. I was going to try to post a picture of the creepers my 9 year old son made by following your blog.

    Reply
    • Kayla Domeyer
      March 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm (7 months ago)

      Oh my I’d love to see them! Feel free to email me his creations at saynotsweetanne@gmail.com!

      Reply
  23. HBW
    April 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm (7 months ago)

    Thank you so much for posting this! I thought it was such a cute idea and disappointed they weren’t really an item. So I took matters into my own hands and made these today for my son’s b-day party tomorrow. The hardest part was the faces. I used black gel in the tube, but used your toothpick trick. It’s just hard to get square edges but I don’t think my sons care…. can’t wait to see what their friends say!

    I also only mixed mine for 6-7 minute (it’s been so cold here in the NE this year) and it worked out great. My only thing was my pan had such rounded edges I would have lost half the quantity to square them off properly, so mine really do look like angry Gumbies. :)

    Thanks again! These were great and fun to make.

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  24. Christopher
    May 24, 2014 at 8:46 pm (5 months ago)

    I just finished making these, I’m at step 10 and letting them sit. They have been sitting for about two hours and feel a bit soft. Not sure if the packets of gelatin were smaller than you used and that’s the problem. I’m making them for my son’s 7th birthday party tomorrow (minecraft theme).

    Will let them sit a bit longer and see if they firm up more. Visually it looks like a similar amount of gelatin as in your picture if I was to guess.

    Hope they come out, as these would be a huge hit.

    Reply
    • Kayla Domeyer
      May 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm (5 months ago)

      Christopher,

      I hope they turn out for you! What do you mean by “still soft”? As in, still just fluff? If that is the case, it’s more likely that the sugar didn’t reach temp. Did you use a candy thermometer?

      If they don’t set, maybe dust the whole pan with sugar and paint the face on. Serve creeper fluff! I’ll monitor the comments for a while in case you have more questions!

      Reply
  25. Craig
    June 12, 2014 at 9:22 pm (4 months ago)

    Hi, found your recipe and made these last night for my sons 12 th birthday, seems Minecraft birthdays are big in Australia at the moment. Looking at all the lollies I had bought, I was thinking, green sugar may just be a little much, so, I thought I might just add that I used coconut, mixed in the green turning it the same colour as the sugar and the best part, is it tasted great! Thank you for the recipe, loved making it and I my little one things they look awesome! Cheers

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  26. heather magana
    July 8, 2014 at 11:39 am (4 months ago)

    Hi Kayla,

    Thank you for such a cute and creative idea! (Direction seem pretty easy to boot! :) )

    Question on Step 3 (3.Set the green sugar aside, its time to start the marshmallows! Prep work is key here. Start by using a spray non stick coating to cover a 9×13 pan and the paddle of a rubber spatula. I also dusted the inside of the pan with green sugar. It turns out it wasn’t needed, and changed the texture of the marshmallow a little on that side. If doing it again, I’d omit that step.)

    —- You mention that if you do it again that you’d omit that step. Which step were you referring to? Spraying it or dusting the pan with the green sugar? Or both? :)

    Thanks! I can’t wait to try this for my son and daughter’s birthday party in a couple weeks!

    ~ heather

    Reply
    • Kayla Domeyer
      July 8, 2014 at 11:56 am (4 months ago)

      Good question!

      I would omit dusting the pan with sugar. The spray is definitely needed to keep from sticking, but the sugar changed texture and I would advise simple dusting afterward. I hope that helps!

      Reply
  27. Fab
    July 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm (3 months ago)

    I made these as a test for my son’s birthday party that will be coming up soon. It was much easier than I thought and they looked just like creepers. Today I am making them for the actual day. I added more green food coloring to the heated part and the bodies were more green. Also, the first time I practiced cutting them and I realized that if I pressed the edges more than try to cut them back and forth, I had better results. Practice! Voilá!

    Reply
    • Kayla Domeyer
      July 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm (3 months ago)

      I’m so glad it worked out for you! I hope everyone loved them. ;D You are SO RIGHT about practice, and about pressing down rather than sawing. Thats why I opt to use a piza cutter when I can.

      Reply
  28. Roberta
    August 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm (2 months ago)

    Kayla, this has been my most popular pin on Pinterest (over 3k repins). I make marshmallows every Christmas and discovered this last year, but never commented on how fantastic it is. Marshmallows can be a bit intimidating at first, but I love how you detailed the directions. This is by far my favorite marshmallow recipe. I love that it doesn’t require egg whites. I made them for my son’s Minecraft birthday last year. I used melted dark chocolate frosting for the face. This past Easter, they were a huge hit too. On some, I didn’t cut the legs, but inserted lollipop sticks and made Creeper marshmallow pops. The kids LOVED them. If you don’t want to make the entire batch into creepers (I made just enough for what I needed and had leftover marshmallow) cut into squares, coat one side with green sugar and the others with hot cocoa mix for Minecraft grass blocks. Those are yummy too.

    Reply
    • Kayla Domeyer
      August 28, 2014 at 9:03 am (2 months ago)

      I am so glad that you stopped by to tell me how well you liked it! I tried a bunch of marshmallow recipes before I settled on this one. It is easy, and I think the photographic step-by-step instructions help. Have a great day!

      Reply
  29. Penny
    September 24, 2014 at 10:35 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Thank-you sooooo much. My little girl is 8 tomorrow and reacts badly to artificial additives in her food. Minecraft is her world and on my bench are a fantastic batch of homemade naturally colored creepers for Saturdays party. They look so awesome.

    Reply
    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 29, 2014 at 10:01 am (3 weeks ago)

      Aww Penny, I’m so glad! I hope this makes a wonderful memory that your daughter won’t forget!

      Reply

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