Save the World Eat Peeps

By Elle Chaseton

It doesn’t matter what color these sugar-coated marshmallow delights are, (pink obviously), whether they are shaped like bunnies, chicks, or eggs (bunnies of course), or even stale (did I say that shh yes). They even come sugar-free now.

It used to take 27 hours to make a Peep. How crazy is that – one full day for ONE Peep? They were handmade with a pastry tube. Sam Born automated the process (top secret) when he acquired the Rodda Candy Company and its line of marshmallow chicks. They are still made at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Depositor is the top-secret invention Mr. Born created to automate the Peep process all the way to 2014.

The formula is essentially the same as it was at Rodda Candy (why mess with perfection). Peeps used to have wings, but in (1955), a short two years after their hatching, the wings were clipped to make them look sleeker. The piece de resistance in the final construction step is adding the eyes.

In one year, enough peeps are made to circle the earth, twice! This translates to 5.5 million marshmallow delights being made every day. (I think I will start counting Peeps when I go to sleep.) Of course, pink bunnies are the most popular. (I am not a crowd follower; the crowd follows me.) Yellow bunnies come in second. Blue chicks are gaining ground.

If for no other reason, you must eat Peeps to save the world. Peeps are almost indestructible. Professor Peep Investigators (yes that is a thing) discovered Peeps survive a microwave, tap water, boiling water, acetone, and sulfuric acid (they survived). When the ante was upped with some Phenol, the only thing that didn’t disappear were the eyes. (And no that is not creepy, not creepy at all.)

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