Today is Easter and that means one thing. PEEPS! I've been baffled to discover that some people don't know what Peeps are, so I'll start with a description. Peeps are marshmallow candies, sold in the U.S. and Canada, that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals. There are also different shapes used for various holidays. Peeps have always been most popular for Easter, but they are also sold near Valentine's Day, Halloween, and Christmas.
They are mostly made of sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and carnuba wax.
I know, the ingredients sound kind of gross. But they are amazing. If you've been unfortunate enough to never have tried one, just picture a marshmallow rolled and baked in sugar. If you've never had a marshmallow, I'm very sad for your incomplete life.
Now for some history. Peeps are produced by Just Born, a candy manufacturer founded in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (They don't do factory tours. I checked. *sad face*) In 1953, Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company and its marshmallow chick line. It took 27 hours to create one Marshmallow Peep. Today, it takes 6 minutes. The first Peeps were squeezed one at a time out of a pastry tube and the eyes were painted on by hand. Now, machines create 3,500 Peeps' eyes per minute!
|My Leaning Tower of Peeps-a totalled 41 boxes in April 2011.|
Just Born produces over 1 billion Peeps per year. That's enough to circle the earth twice!
|All sorts of awesome products are made for Peep-a-holics like me.|
Americans will eat more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies this Easter.
Until 1995 when lavender was added, Peeps only came in yellow, pink, and white. Yellow Peeps remain the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, and white.
|Yes, this IS actually my mousepad.|
Popular way to eat Peeps include stale, microwaved, frozen, or roasted.
Peeps are a low calorie snack at only about 32 calories per Peep. A serving of 5 chicks comes in at 140 calories. It may be a little more when topping a cupcake.
Peeps are indestructible! They are famous for their shelf life. Scientists at Emory University couldn't dissolve Peeps in water, sulfuric acid, or sodium hydroxide. They claimed that Peeps' eyes "wouldn't dissolve in anything."
|One way to kill a Peep|
Since 2006, The Washington Post has hosted an annual Peeps Diorama contest. Here are a few examples of entries.
|Peeps on the Prairie|
|Flight of the Hudson|
Don't like to eat Peeps plain? Put them in a shake!
|Yep, I made this.|
Or try another frozen treat.
Don't like stale Peeps but need to get rid of your stash? Make some art!
|Created for my NY friends|
Make a centerpiece!
Decorate your car!
Dress up your baby!
Or take an exfoliating bath!
|Now we know why Peeps is an available fetish on FetLife.|
For some reason, tops seem to dislike Peeps. Most of the ones I know anyway. I don't know why this is. Possibly something so cute and awesome is just too much for their brains to handle. Peeps and spanking came together for me in this post where a grumpy friend spanked me for having Peeps at a party last year. With a spanking weekend just 5 days away, I wouldn't be surprised if a repeat of this incident occurs. I'm sure many of my wonderful friends will have some sugar for me. Right, guys??
I hope we've all increased our knowledge and appreciation for Peeps today. Happy Easter everyone!