Thursday, March 26, 2009


I saw Peeps in the supermarket yesterday. I went up close to look at them. I haven't seen them in a year. I thought they only came out at Easter time. At least here in the Northeast. Yet the Peeps web site says there are Peeps for Valentine's Day, Halloween, and Christmas!

Here are the Valentine's Day Peeps!

Here are the Halloween Peeps!

But my favorite are the Easter, Springtime Peeps in those incredibly bright colors

Here are a load of links to Peeps web sites. You won't believe how many sites there are:

Peeps Web sites

And here's some history about these sugary rabbit and chicken shapes:

The History of Everybody's Favorite Candy

During the Easter season, Americans will enjoy an estimated 700 million Peeps, that sweet marshmallow candy shaped like a chick or bunny. With those kinds of numbers, it's no wonder Peeps are billed as America's favorite candy.

Are you a Peeps fan? Have you ever been curious about Peeps history? Where they came from and how they developed into the ultimate Easter treat? Just read on!

Nearly a century ago, a young Russian-born man named Sam Born was living in France, where he learned the fine art of chocolate making. Sam immigrated to the United States in 1910. Seven years later, he opened a small candy shop in New York City, where he not only sold sweets, but made them, too.

As Born's operations outgrew his store, he moved his company, by then coined Just Born, out of New York City to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

In the mid 1950s, Just Born acquired another company that had invented a three-dimensional marshmallow mold that turned out Easter chicks and bunnies, called Peeps. With some fine-tuning of their assembly line and clever marketing, Born had an Easter hit on his hands.

But why was the chick and rabbit so appealing? How did those particular animals-albeit sugary ones-so quickly become adopted as the symbols for Easter?

Interestingly, Just Born was based in Pennsylvania, which was also home to America's largest community of German immigrants who are largely credited with popularizing the Easter Bunny tradition in America.

In the 19th century, German children would eagerly await the arrival of the Oschter Haws, a rabbit who delighted children on Easter morning by laying colored eggs in nests. The Germans expanded this tradition into the Easter egg basket, delivered by a hopping bunny.

While the symbolism of the Easter bunny might be rather obvious, the chick question requires one to dig a little deeper. And to ask the perennial question: Which came first? The chicken? Or the egg?

Historians have long speculated that the egg was actually a Pagan symbol of fertility and rebirth, first associated with ancient equinox festivals, whose traditions were later folded into the Christian Easter. It stands to reason, then, that the chick would be a natural byproduct of this egg-y fertility

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My strongest memory about Peeps was how full and bloated you'd feel when you ate 4 or 5 of those sugary little candies. And how much you worried about getting cavities in your teeth. Ah! Those were the days!



Daryl said...

I have never eaten a peep. I know I am odd ... but I once tried to eat one and the texture was not one I liked ... I believe I spit it out in a very ladylike way ... FEH ... jelly beans are my fav Easter candy ... but since Easter and Passover usually coincide I try behave, I lie to myself and say its not Kosher for Passover ... please dont tell me otherwise or I wont be able to maintain the lie

♥ Kathy said...

I ♥ Peeps! They make them for all the holidays that they make candy for lol I like the Halloween ones :)

~Just Me Miranda~ said...

I love peeps too. I have seen the Green Xmas trees before, but never the other ones. That's probably a good thing!!!!

Sandra said...

thanks for the site.... I saw peeps in the store the other and had to get a small pack of lavender ones.... they were so yummy

Jamie said...

Afraid I'm not a Peeps lover except in the sense of all the hilarious web sites of what you can do with stale ones, particularly the crazy people who put them in costumes for full feature film length movies or turn them into Cartoons

Travis said...

They are not my favorite candy. In fact, they make me slightly ill. I don't really care for marshmallow candy.

I do like Cadberry eggs though!

Gattina said...

Never heard or seen peeps ! My whole life at easter I have eaten chocolate eggs in all sizes, filled or not and chocolate easter bunnies. And it's the same today in all European countries I know.

Lew said...

A scary peep? That's an oxymoron! My kids loved them at Easter, but I'd rather have a regular marshmallow.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

You learn something new everyday, I have never laid eyes on a Valentine Peep. Tweets mean Easter to me, and I'm afraid that there would be a revolution if we didn't have them, (or Cadbury eggs) in the house Easter morning.