Everything you've always wanted to know about those marshmallow nuggets of fun!
Peeps, those marshmallow nuggets of fun, have become synonymous with Easter. Whether you opt for the original yellow chick or like to dive into a package of blue bunny Peeps, the candy is definitely something that has become a very integral part of the spring, no matter what religion you are.
Peeps have come along way and have been around for over a half a century. Each person has their own individual way of enjoy their Peeps and they have become an iconic part of our candy culture. I, for one, have been eating my Peeps rock hard since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.
Whenever I get Peeps (always the yellow chicks) in my Easter basket (Yes, the Easter Bunny still visits me), I immediately put a big hole in the package and wait a couple days for the magic to start. And, oh when that magic arrives, after the air has manipulated my Peeps into a glorious stale wonder, I have to do everything in my power not to weep with joy at their tastiness.
But while we’re sitting around consuming Peeps, how much do we really know about them? Probably not enough. So, because it’s a Peeps time of year, here are 25 things you didn't know about the little darlings.
1. The original Peep is the yellow chick.
1. The original Peep is the yellow chick. Although we have the Peeps Bunny now and a bunch of colors to choose from, the original (and the best) will always be the yellow chick.
2. Peeps were born in Pennsylvania.
2. Peeps were born in Pennsylvania. Peeps were made by the Rodda Candy Company in Bethlehem, PA, which in 1953, was bought out by Sam Born. The company was then renamed Just Born.
4. Peeps aren't just for Easter anymore.
4. Peeps aren’t just for Easter anymore. In addition to chicks and bunnies, Peeps has lines of Peeps for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day.
5. Over 5 million Peeps are made everyday.
5. Over 5 million Peeps are made everyday. If we multiply that by 365 days a year, we’re talking almost 2 billion Peeps a year!
6. There’s Peep lip balm.
6. There’s Peep lip balm. Apparently it’s scented like “vanilla marshmallow cream,” which will make for lovely kisses, I assume.
8. There’s Peep milk.
8. There’s Peep milk. This is news to me, but I have a sneaking suspicious that if I track it down, my coffee will be so much better.
9. Peeps are considered art by some.
9. Peeps are considered art by some. Case in point: The Washington Post has a yearly Peeps Diorama Contest.
10. There are lemonade Peeps.
10. There are lemonade Peeps. And strawberry, candy cane, birthday cake, and sour watermelon Peeps, too.
12. The Peeps machines were just updated.
12. The Peeps machines were just updated. For over half a century, the Peeps maker remained the same and didn’t get an overhaul until 2014.
13. There are Peeps eating competition, because of course.
13. There are Peeps eating competition, because of course. On the first Saturday after every Easter the annual “Peep Off” gets underway in Maryland as people compete to eat the most Peeps in the hopes of winning, well, the title of "Most Peeps Eater-Person In The World," I guess. The current record is 102 Peeps in 30 minutes.
14. Peeps are also involved in sports.
16. Peepshi is now a thing.
16. Peepshi is now a thing. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Peep sushi.
17. It takes 8,000 Peeps to reach the top of the Sears Tower.
17. It takes 8,000 Peeps to reach the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago. But why would anyone do that when they can eat them instead?
18. Peeps are the #1 non-chocolate Easter candy out there.
18. Peeps are the #1 non-chocolate Easter candy out there. Or at least they have been for the last 20 years.
19. Peeps eyes used to be done by hand.
19. Peeps eyes used to be done by hand. Can you imagine? But nowadays there’s a machine that give Peeps their sight, 3,500 a minute.
20. Peeps have zero fat.
20. Peeps have zero fat. However, just look at that sugar count. Yikes!
22. Every Easter 600 million Peeps are consumed in the U.S.
22. Every Easter 600 million Peeps are consumed in the U.S. And some of those will be on pizza, because apparently that’s a thing, too.
23. There’s a Peeps cookbook.
23. There’s a Peeps cookbook. In the cookbook there are also fun crafts to make with Peeps, because playing with your food is totally OK if it’s Peeps.
24. Peeps have gone gourmet.
24. Peeps have gone gourmet. Peeps can be found in crème brulee and as cappuccino toppings.