Will Your Easter Basket Include PEEPS? Fun Facts About PEEPS.

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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®

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.  

  4. 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.

  5. About one third of the PEEPS® purchased are not eaten but are used for decorations.

  6. 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.

  7. The original PEEPS® had wings, but when the manufacturing process was automated they were eliminated to streamline the process.

  8. 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. 

  9. 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.

  10. Each PEEPS® has 32 calories (160 calories per five-chick serving) and 0 fat grams. Since 2007 you can buy sugar-free PEEPS®.

  11. There is actually a Facebook group devoted to disliking PEEPS®.

  12. 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.

  13. Other ways PEEPS® are eaten:  stale, microwaved, frozen, roasted, or served as toppings on pizza.

  14. 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! 

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Rose Mary Justice hi Rose Mary... I'm some older than PEEPS (and you) but I always remember seeing them around, but not as much as in recent years. They just never made much of an impression on me. Plus, I worked for years at M&M/MARS so they would have been "brand x" to us.

Apr 20, 2019 01:30 PM #25
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Roy Kelley hi Roy... somehow, I did not see you and Dolores as PEEPS kind of people! But your comment lends credence to the fact that over one-third of the PEEPS that are purchased are not eaten but used for various decorative reasons.

Apr 20, 2019 01:31 PM #26
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What fun facts about Peeps Nina.  Growing up close to Bethlehem, Peeps were always in the baskets my parents made. Not my favorite Easter candy, but I would be open to trying a chocolate covered one.  Bethlehem, PA , a town that has a holiday flavor from the Peeps to the year round star on the hill.

Enjoy the season.

Apr 20, 2019 02:43 PM #27
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Gloria Todor hi Gloria... I'm sure that not including PEEPS in your Easter basket when you live in the area would be a bit like not including Hershey goodies for those who live near Hershey, PA.

Apr 20, 2019 02:47 PM #28
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Up until this post I had no knowledge of what a Peep is. I am now well informed.

Apr 20, 2019 03:14 PM #29
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A marshmallow covered with sugar, whats not to love Nina Hollander ? You know, you kind of fit that description too. 

Apr 20, 2019 05:39 PM #30
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Hi Nina- I grew up with chocolate bunnies and jelly beans too. Not crazy about Peeps but they're cute. 

Apr 20, 2019 06:19 PM #31
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Nina, some fun facts about the Peeps. I would rather have chocolate but have been eating jelly beans today. Happ Easter.

Apr 20, 2019 07:47 PM #32
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I have always been a Dark Chocolate Bunny type...growing up chocolate was the name of the game.... when I met Diane she was into Peeps, so with that said Happy Easter and we will have both:))Endre

Apr 20, 2019 11:57 PM #33
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Endre Barath, Jr. good morning, Endre, and Happy Easter. I'm with you on the dark chocolate bunnies and you can always throw in a few dark chocolate eggs. Hope you and Diane both have a great day and enjoy your respective favorite goodies!

Apr 21, 2019 03:21 AM #34
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® me too, Rebecca... I'm all about the chocolate. But now that you mentioned the jelly beans, it seems I don't see as many of them around at Easter as I used to.

Apr 21, 2019 03:22 AM #35
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Kathy Streib good morning, Kathy, and happy Easter Day! PEEPS are fun to look at, but I'm not tempted to sink my teeth into them the way I would be with chocolate or jelly beans.

Apr 21, 2019 03:23 AM #36
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Bob "RealMan" Timm hi Bob... there is nothing marshmallowy about me!  And they are generally too sweet for my taste.

Apr 21, 2019 03:24 AM #37
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Joe Pryor good morning, Joe... I'm astonished that you had no idea about PEEPS... I might not eat them, but I see them every where. So are you tempted to taste one?

Apr 21, 2019 03:25 AM #38
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Nina I no longer get an Easter basket    but my wife and I made sure there were plenty of them in my granddaughter's Easter basket

Apr 21, 2019 03:26 PM #39
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The Peeps people are perfect examples of what expanding a market line and varying products can do to prosper a company...not just yellow chicks at Easter anymore !

Apr 22, 2019 06:34 AM #40
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George Souto hi George... I haven't had an Easter basket myself in more years than I can count (decades really). And since my Mother died in 1998, no one even gifts me some chocolate without the basket!

Apr 22, 2019 06:37 AM #41
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson for sure, Sally. The company should be a case study at the Harvard Business School, if you ask me. I'd have enjoyed doing that case study when I was at HBS, but PEEPS were not quite such a big deal 40+ years ago!

Apr 22, 2019 06:38 AM #42
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Nina, that is a lot of information about PEEPS, and have never liked them, they are way too sweet.

Apr 27, 2019 04:19 PM #43
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Joan Cox hi Joan... PEEPS are way too sweet for me, as well, and that's saying a lot for me. But sooo many people love them and it was a fun learn more about them.

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