Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Peepster 2012!

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.

Football Peeps


"Peep show"


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!


22 comments:

Kitty said...

Lea,

Thanks for the info on Peeps...cute post:).

I especially liked the "peep show", lol!

Love,
Kitty

P.S. Hope you have a great time at your spanking party!

Ursus Lewis said...

Useless nonsense ;)

ronnie said...

Lea - I'm one of those people who didn't know hat Peeps were so thanks for the info on the them. they do sound rather yummy.

Have a wonderful Easter Day.

Love,
Ronnie
xx

Anonymous said...

Happy Easter, Lea!

I'm so happy that I get to see you in five...DAYS!!!

--Regan

sarah thorne said...

I have a confession.

I do not like Peeps, not one little bit.

The only marshmallows I like are on S'mores!

Kitty said...

sarah,

I'm the same way! I love S'mores, but Peeps are just cute to look at, but not to taste, imo:).

Love,
Kitty

joeyred51 said...

Lea,

Happy Easter. Thanks for all the info on peeps. See you in 4 days.

Hug,
Joey.

Erica said...

Oh, my freaking God. I never knew there was so much to learn about peeps. You are our resident Peepologist, Lea. I bow to your Peepitude.

That said... I still can't stand the @#$%ing things. :-)

maggie-philly said...

I doubt anyone at SCONY will ever again see Peeps without thinking of YOU, Lea. I have a new version for you, too. One of my favorite Web sites for unusual gifts is "Think Geek." The have just added "Minecraft Marshmallow Creeps" in green. You can see them at

If I had found these earlier, I would have ordered some for you for the weekend. But at least you can add the picture to your collection.

See you SOOOOOOON!!!

maggie-philly said...

I'll try again with the URL:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/looflirpa/ee04/?srp=1

Lea said...

@Kitty, Isn't that funny? One of my favorites!

@Urs, Pfftt, I'll convert you yet. ;-)

@ronnie, If you are ever in North America during those holidays, you should try some!

@Regan, Happy Easter! Only about 4 days as I write this, yay!!!!

@sarah, S'mores are great, I've even made them with roasted Peeps. :-)

@joey, Happy Easter! 4 days, woohoo!

@Erica, Haha, if only being a Peepologist was a paying job!

@maggie, I suppose it's nice to be thought of, even if it's for being quirky. ;-) I actually know what Minecraft is, associating with a lot of nerds. Lol. See you soon!

eileen061209 said...

Somehow I believe a bit of your conversation between the two bunnies was unnecessarily or accidentally edited.

The way it was originally produced:
FIRST CHOCOLATE BUNNY WITH AN OBVIOUS HUMAN BITE MARK REMOVING A PORTION OF HIS BOTTOM AND TAIL, says: "My bottom hurts!"
HIS COMRADE, WITH A DEBILITATING CHEWED OFF EAR, says: "What?"

Note: Traditional chocolate bunnies work best for this diorama.

Susie said...

I didn't know that there were so many things I didn't know about peeps!

playful little brat said...

WOW! I didnt know there was so much to learn about peeps! Especially how many are consumed over easter, that's a lot! Thanks for all the info and hope you had a good easter!

Emen said...

The eyes don't dissolve in anything? Do they pass? How many peep eyes in you right now, girl?

Never mind. Have a great time at the weekend.

Wordsmith said...

Nope, Peeps are new on me. The Peep show was my favourite, but to be honest I prefer chocolate. Happy Easter!

eileen061209 said...

@Mr. Lewis,

"Useless nonsense"? Isn't that what people used to say about my posts? Remember the logical, intelligent advice you kindly offered, sir? "If you see it is yet another long post from eileen, simply pass it and go to the next post."

Wasn't that easy? We don't need no Peeps!

Jean said...

Peeps are awesome! You can do so much with them. I made peep pops this year. Thanks for the info on them

Lea said...

@eileen, I've seen that picture too. And isn't Mr. L such a party pooper?

@Susie, You learn something new every day! :-)

@playful little brat, They have outsold every other candy type at Easter for the last 20 years!

@Emen, Hmm, I guess if I ever have an autopsy we'll find out! Lol!

@Wordsmith, Ah see, that's because you are also in the UK. I'm sorry you're missing out on them!

@Jean, Yes! So many great recipes!

Kaki said...

I like them stale and the yellow ones taste the best.

I love the bunnies roasting marshmallows, very cute post.

Did you try the chocolate covered peeps or are you a purist and only eat them naked.

Lea said...

@Kaki, Yellow stale Peeps seem to be a favorite of many. I love the chocolate covered ones and they work for making S'mores too! I'm an equal Peep-ortunity Peep eater. :-)

Jean said...

Yummy, I haven't tried the chocolate covered ones. I wonder if I can find any on sale, now. I like smores and peeps would make them even better!