It's our favorite time of year again, Peeps!
Though they now come in shapes and colors to compliment just about every holiday, most of us still associate Marshmallow Peeps with the pastel baskets, plastic grass and multi-colored eggs of Easter. Each spring, as the weather turns warmer and tulips come in bloom, these fluffy treats bring a smile to so many faces...and a sadistic smirk to others.
Turning 56 this year, the Peep is more popular than ever, but perhaps in a different sense than Bob Born of the Just Born company envisioned when he brought this unique candy to the masses back in the 1950's. Whereas chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, also traditional at this time of year, have only ever warranted a passing appreciation of their seasonal sweetness (and maybe an ear-biting joke or two), Peeps have inspired art, crafts, recipes and more than a few disturbing experiments*.
What's the fascination? If you have to ask, it's high time you sunk your teeth into one of these sweet, sticky, gratifyingly granular, adorably creepy little marshmallow birds. And while you're savoring the sinful sponginess of it all, click through the list below for the good, the bad and the downright weird in the world of Peeps.
This site is chock full of Peep lore, fun facts and info on the full Peep product line.
37 creative contenders in the Washington Post's second annual Peeps Diorama Contest. Hilarious!
Lest you worry about the little guys, this disclaimer is offered to ease your mind: "Before any testing begins, all Peep subjects are thoroughly examined and sign a disclosure form explaining the potential risks of their volunteer service."
Original Peep art by David Ottogalli. This site also has free Peep screen savers and wallpaper - sweet!
Oh, the carnage.
And if you're still curious: Peep Image Google Search (Don't miss the Peeps and Peppers Stir-Fry!)
*My Mother floats Peeps in the toilet every Easter. Really. It's a wonder I turned out as nearly normal as I did.