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10 Fun Facts About Marshmallow Peeps

10 Fun Facts About Marshmallow Peeps

Easter is almost here and that means Peeps®—those little marshmallow chicks (or bunnies) coated in brightly colored sugar—will be adorning Easter baskets everywhere, as they have been doing for over 60 years.  Here are some fun facts about Peeps, one of the most popular Easter treats in the United States.

10 Fun Facts About Marshmallow Peeps

1. Peeps were once made by hand, and it took roughly 27 hours to create (because the marshmallow had to cool). Now, with modern equipment, it takes about six minutes.

2. The first Peeps had wings! The candy’s manufacturer wanted to update their look, however, so the wings were “clipped.”

3. The first color was yellow—and yellow is still the most popular color. Yellow was followed by orange, pink, lavender, green, and blue.

4. According to the Just Born Candy Company, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the maker of Peeps, enough are produced each year that if they were all lined up, the line would circle the earth twice.

5. They also come in all sorts of shapes, including bunnies, Valentine’s hearts, and Halloween pumpkins. Even though other shapes are available, the traditional chick is by far the most popular.

6. The machine that makes Peeps, the Depositor, has remained unchanged for more than 50 years—and the recipe hasn’t changed, either. They are still made just as they always were, with a mixture of liquid and granulated sugars, corn syrup, gelatin, and vanilla.

7. They are the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy—and they’ve sat at the top of that list for more than twenty years. Every spring, more than 1.5 billion marshmallow Peeps are eaten.

8. Each chick has just 28 calories and is fat-free.

9. In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where Peeps were born, the tradition is so large that for New Year’s Eve, the locals drop a giant Peep instead of a ball!

10. Surveys show that nearly two-thirds of people who eat Peeps bite the heads off first — but that’s not the only way to eat one. Other ways to eat them include letting them get stale first, microwaving them, freezing them, or putting them on pizza!

Fun Fact: the Just Born Candy Company, maker of Peeps, also invented “Jimmies” (some call them sprinkles), named after the employee who made them!

Not Everyone is a Fan of Peeps

Not everyone likes Peeps, however. “Haters” say they’re too sweet and have an unpleasant texture. There are Facebook groups dedicated to hating them, and the hashtag #PeepsMassacre can be found on Instagram, tagging photos of Peeps meeting their demise. It’s a hotly debated topic. What about you? Love ’em or loathe ’em? Tell us in the comments below!

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  • Selina Mlynek says:

    What do you do with the one eyed peeps?

  • Catharren says:

    I love peeps, I started making my own (peeps silicone mold) for my great grandchildren

  • Bonnie says:

    Have always loved Peeps love the original yellow but also love the innovation for the other holidays Gingerbread Peeps a new favorite as well as the Christmas Peppermint ones!

  • Monique says:

    I love peeps. Purple is my favorite but like all other colors…except pink. Not sure why pink tastes different to me.

    • Selina Mlynek says:

      I do not like the color pink so that makes me be more critical if things that are pink or have pink on them. The color just kind of bugs me.

  • Jan says:

    70 years old and have always loved them, stale is the best!!

  • Ruth Graber says:

    Love peeps and for many years I ate a whole box each Easter season. Cause no one else in my family likes them! I love the crunch of the sugar, the flavor, and especially the yellow – my favorite color!

  • Fredia says:

    I guess IM a odd ball. I like them, but do not want too many of them.

  • Charlene Melcher says:

    I am a 56 year old Peep lover. My new favorite this year was the caramel filled Peep.

  • Cheri says:

    Peeps on smores are the best!

  • Deb says:

    Love them and they are good on an open fire also.

  • LAURA says:

    i love peeps. every color and kind…keep making peeps.

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