Peeps are a time honored tradition in many households during Easter time. We often mindlessly devour an entire pack of these marshmallow delights without even thinking about the history surrounding one of Springtime’s favorite candy confections. Read on to discover some interesting facts about our beloved Peeps.
1.Improvements In Efficiency
It used to take 27 hours to produce just one Peep. Today, it only takes the factory 6 minutes to produce 1 Peep, and one day to produce 5.5 million!
2. Super Rare Flavors Can Only Be Found At Target
This Easter, hit up your local Target to find exclusive flavors such as Blueberry Delight, Vanilla Delight, Raspberry Delight and Lemon Delight.
3. Yellow Is Best
Despite the numerous variations in color, flavor and animal species, yellow chick peeps are still the number one selling of all the permutation of Peeps.
4. Peeps Are Not Just For Snacking
There are cookbooks with recipes devoted to creative uses of Peeps. There is also a cocktail book available for whipping up Peeps infused concoctions.
5. Peeps Flavored Milk
The brand has partnered with Prairie Farms to create marshmallow flavored milk in dreamy flavors such as Easter Egg Nog, Chocolate Marshmallow, Orange Creme and Strawberry Creme flavored milk.
6. Same Old Recipe (mostly)
The recipe is a mixture of granulated sugar, liquid sugar, corn syrup, gelatin and vanilla flavor.
7. No Flying For These Peeps
Peeps used to have wings on them, until 1955 when it was decided the wings would be “clipped” to give the chicks a new look.
8. Sugar Free Peeps Do Exist
Introduced in 2007, sugar free Peeps can be purchased in stores near you.
9. Flock of Peeps
In 2015 there were approximately 2 billion Peeps produced worldwide. Whoa!
10. Mike and Ike are Peeps’ cousins
The Just Born candy company also produced another beloved candy, Mike and Ikes and Hot Tamales.
11. A Favorite Among Artists
Every year, for the past ten years, The Washington Post has held it’s annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama contest.
12. A Store Just For Peeps Afficianados
Get your Peeps fix all year round at the Peeps & Company store located on the banks of the Potomac in Washington D.C.
13. Peeps Ring In The New Year
Every year on New Year’s Eve, an 85-pound Peeps is dropped in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
14. Those Steely Eyes
Those cute brown eyes on your Peeps are made of virtually indestructible, yet edible wax.
15. Not Just For Easter
Peeps are released as seasonal flavors and shapes at different times of the year. There are heart shapes available for Valentine’s Day and pumpkins during Halloween.
16. So Many Peeps!
During the Easter season, there may be over 35 varieties of Peeps available at any given time such as, Watermelon and Fudge-Dipped Lemon.
17. Peeps…Coming Soon To A Theater Near You!
Director Adam Rifkin acquired the film and tv rights to Peeps. The movie will tell the story of a chick who is lost the night before the Washington Post Diorama contest, and is trying to find his way back.
18. Peeps Are Low Fat!
One Peep is 32 calories and has 0 grams of fat.
19. Older Peeps
Many people prefer their Peeps, stale and exposed to air. Those in the know refer to this as “mature” Peeps.
20. Peeps..Not Just For Eating!
Just Born, the parent company of Peeps, has launched an extension line of Peeps that includes, nail polish, lip gloss and Halloween costumes.