After last week’s Girl Scout Cookie rodeo, AP reader Stephanie sent me an email suggesting this week should be about everyone’s favorite marshmallow Easter tradition: Peeps. I’ll admit, it’s been about 20 years since I have eaten a Peep, but I am always happy to celebrate puffy things dipped in sparkle sugar. Let’s do this!
Before you buy a package of Easter peeps, look at this photo essay from inside the factory. Fascinating.
13 Hilarious Peep dioramas. (Even lawyers love a good Peep diorama).
Did you know there is an entire Lord of the Rings movie done with Peeps? And by “movie” I mean “outdated slide-show” but it’s worth a gander just the same.
Peeps are known for their two-year shelf life and for being considered “indestructible.” In fact, scientists at Emory University tested their dissolve rates in various liquids and found that Peeps “wouldn’t dissolve in anything.”
Did you know the company that makes Peeps is called Just Born? No clever link here. I just thought that was sorta weird.
Three words: marshmallow candy vodka. (They also double as champagne garnish).
Do you work with someone who hates peeps? Thought so. Let’s play a prank: Easter Monday, go to the market and buy all the leftover peeps for half-off. Then use them to fill that person’s desk drawer. They will be dusting off yellow sprinkles through Christmas. You’re welcome.
Not into pranks? Just buy up all the Peeps and make a wreath.
You can also turn them into homemade playdough.
Do you have an interesting way to use Peeps? Let’s hear about it!
“Peep” is our house’s euphemism for the male genitalia, so Easter is always hilarious around here.
Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Well then. I’ll have to remember that one!
Our family favorite is to nuke them in the microwave but be careful – you don’t want them to blow up and make a huge mess. We really enjoy sticking a toothpick into their chest – put two in the microwave facing each other – and then when they start to expand they look like they are jousting.
I still love Peeps, but I like them a little stale, for the texture. Their new flavor, Orange Cream, is so delicious, too! Also, I hear Peeps are amazing toasted like regular marshmallow
We make peep s’mores! Roast them on a fork right over the gas burner! Fresh, stale, flavored….it’s all good! Love those Peeps! The chicks puff up best…like them when they are slightly burned! Thanks AP!
Deb in Oklahoma
Toast ’em up, like Erik said! Better than regular marshmallows, because the sugar on the outside caramelizes into a crust that is burnt sugar heaven. Sugar chick, on a stick—one of the happy moments in life. Yum.
I make Rice Krispie Peeps. Just follow the normal directions for Rice Krispie Treats, but substitute Peeps for at least half the marshmallows. Because the thing missing from regular RKT is more sugar, right? And it’s fun watching them melt in all that butter.
Man I like your style.