Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday Movie Challenge: Peeps S'Mores Tarts

On the last (or fourth) Monday of each month, a group of bloggers participate in a #MovieMondayChallenge, hosted by C'mon Get Crafty! We decide on a topic, genre, or specific movie to use for inspiration and everyone gets free reign to create something wonderful!
This month's challenge was. . . . KIDS! Everyone was allowed to choose their own favorite film so long as it was inspired by the challenge word.

For this month's challenge, I chose The Sandlot.

I adore this movie, about a motley group of boys in the early 1960s, and the summer they spent together playing baseball, hanging in their treehouse and getting into trouble at the pool.

The main character, Scotty Smalls ("You're killin' me, Smalls!), is new to the neighborhood, and struggling to bond with his new stepfather - in an effort to connect with his new friends, he grabs his stepfather's display baseball to finish out a game after the ball they were using goes over a fence.

The problem is, this is a prized ball signed by Babe Ruth, and when it, too, goes over the same fence, the boys have a real problem: they need to get that ball back, and on the other side of the fence is The Beast, a huge terrifying dog that eats baseballs - and, according to legend, kids that try to get them back.

What follows is a hilarious round of Wile E. Coyote-like schemes to recover the ball, with one ingenious intricate plan after another.

Along the way, we're treated to a delightful coming of age tale that is about the love of friends, family and baseball, told from the perspective of the now-adult Smalls looking back at this pivotal summer, and for me, it really captured how kids think and interact (warning: plenty of salty language when they're not around adults).

In thinking about what I wanted to do for this one, I had a couple craft ideas I knew I wouldn't have time to accomplish (we are still very newly moved and still dealing with boxes and mayhem), so I decided to focus on a recipe.

Except, there isn't a lot of food inspiration in this movie, except for one iconic scene where they make s'mores up in the treehouse, toasting the marshmallows by candlelight, which even helpfully includes the recipe.

So, I decided to do a S'moreslike dish (although, in my opinion, nothing beats the original campfire treat), and since it's nearly Easter, I decided to use Peeps as the marshmallow, and use mini-graham cracker crusts to make fudgy Peeps tarts.

This is definitely not something we'd eat regularly (they are ridiculously rich and sweet), but it was a fun experiment!  There was leftover fudge filling that I turned into a separate dish to chill.

Here's the problem - my fudge didn't set the way I'd like (it's a really, super rich, thick fudge sauce instead), so I'm not going to bother sharing the failed fudge recipe with you. 

If you make these, use your own preferred fudge recipe, or even go simple (as I wish I had) and just throw some squares of Hershey's chocolate into the base of the crust.

Peeps S'Mores Tarts
(makes 6)

1 pkg graham cracker crusts
1 recipe chocolate fudge OR 3 Hershey's bars, broken up (see note above)
12 Peeps

Put the chocolate filling into the crusts and top with 2 Peeps chicks.  If making fudge, put these in the refrigerator to chill and set a few hours.

Put under broiler for a couple minutes until marshmallow is as toasted as you'd like.


Now let's see what everyone else was inspired to create for this month's #MovieMondayChallenge!! If you'd like to join our Facebook group, you can request an invite here.


  1. Way WAY back in my babysitting days, I used to make s'mores for kids by candle too. :) LOVE The Sandlot, and what a fun recipe!

  2. What a great idea! Love it - Pinned! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

  3. Dear Lynda, thank you for joining my latest link party, and for sharing this yummy recipe. I hope to welcome you soon,
    warm regards,

  4. I have thought of doing this before over the campfire, but I never did. I like the idea of making a little pie. Very cute and easy!

  5. Us English have started to appreciate smores - and not a minute too soon!! x

  6. My boys would love those peeps s'mores! Great idea!

    Bethany |

  7. How fun! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.

  8. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for sharing your special post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. What a great way to use those little birds! Never saw the movie but it looks like I probably should! Thank you for sharing at the What's for Dinner Party - hope to see you again this week!

  10. I don't remember watching this movie, but I remember it. I like your spin on the smores. I know my kids would love it.