It's Not Just Chocolate Bunnies In Easter Baskets!
I grew up with chocolate eggs and bunnies and jelly beans in my Easter Basket. For some reason I was never exposed to PEEPS® as a child. Seeing so many PEEPS® offerings in the the supermarket each year, I started wondering just how "big" PEEPS really are as an Easter treat and discovered a bunch of fun facts about PEEPS®.
14 Fun Facts About PEEPS®
- PEEPS® are manufactured by Just Born, Inc. in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. PEEPS® have been around for 67 years (since 1953). The town where PEEPS® are made does a New Year's Eve Peep drop -- they drop a giant 400-pound Peep chick at midnight instead of a ball.
- 1+ BILLION PEEPS® are made each year (that's 5+ million PEEPS® per day). The number of PEEPS® produced annual could circle the earth twice.
Originally, Peeps were made by hand and took up to 27 hours to make one. Today, 3,500 Peeps can be made in one minute.
- 600 million PEEPS®/Bunnies will be consumed just during the Easter season. PEEPS® actually outsell jelly beans at Easter! PEEPS® Candies have been the #1 non-chocolate brand at Easter for more than 20 years.
- About one third of the PEEPS® purchased are not eaten but are used for decorations.
- PEEPS® are made from marshmallow, sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and a few other special ingredients that are whipped into a marshmallowy goo and then shaped into the candy treat we know. The recipe has stayed essentially the same since PEEPS® were first introduced.
- The original PEEPS® had wings, but when the manufacturing process was automated they were eliminated to streamline the process.
- PEEPS® come in a variety of colors including yellow, green, pink, lavender, blue, white, and orange. Until 1995, PEEPS® came in only three colors: white, yellow, pink. Lavender was added in 1995 and blue was added in 1998. Yellow PEEPS® are still the most favorite color. Pink, lavender, blue and white follow in this order in popularity.
- Chocolate dipped and chocolate covered PEEPS® Chicks were introduced for Easter in 2010. And PEEPS® come in an array of flavors, including come in a wide array of flavors, including fruit punch, sour watermelon, lemon sherbet, blueberry, root beer and pancakes and syrup.
Each PEEPS® has 32 calories (160 calories per five-chick serving) and 0 fat grams. Since 2007 you can buy sugar-free PEEPS®.
- There is actually a Facebook group devoted to disliking PEEPS®.
- PEEPS® are also made for Halloween (pumpkins), Christmas (trees) and Valentine's Day (hearts) holidays, but 4 out of 5 PEEPS® purchased are still the chicks.
- Other ways PEEPS® are eaten: stale, microwaved, frozen, roasted, or served as toppings on pizza.
- And if you're a true PEEPS® fan, you can buy PEEPS® lip balm, a silver PEEPS® key chain, PEEPS® plush toys, PEEPS® Yankee Candle, PEEPS® underwear, PEEPS® placemats, PEEPS® slippers, and more. Visit the PEEPS® & Company on-line store.
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So if your Easter Basket includes PEEPS® this year... enjoy!