by Amy Reiter in News, April 6th, 2017
by Sara Levine in Holidays, April 2nd, 2015
For chick lovers with a serious sweet tooth, springtime means one thing: Peeps.
The colored-sugar-covered marshmallow birdies and bunnies — made by Just Born, the family-owned company (founded in 1923 in New York, but since 1932 based, appropriately, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) also behind Mike & Ikes, Hot Tamales and Peanut Chews — are an Easter-basket staple. We all know that.
Recently the Peeps people taught us a few things you may not know about the seasonal sweets. Peep all the fun facts below.
by Michelle Buffardi in Holidays, Recipes, April 22nd, 2011
Fun fact: Most recipes that use marshmallows can be made infinitely cuter by swapping in Peeps. These sugar-coated chicks and bunnies are an Easter treat so beloved that Just Born, the company that’s been producing them for more than 60 years, makes enough Peeps in one year to circle the Earth three times. Back in 1953, it took 27 hours to create one Peep by hand with a pastry tube; yellow and white were the original colors. Today it takes roughly six minutes per Peep, and they come in a rainbow of hues and even specialty flavors like Chocolate Mousse, Blue Raspberry and Party Cake.
Once you’ve rounded up your favorite Peeps, the possibilities are endless. Peep dioramas never get old, but edible creations are our favorite. FoodNetwork.com contributor and Sprinkles! author Jackie Alpers was just the sweet-treat aficionado to come up with adorable and tasty new ways to showcase Peeps, starting with the Technicolor cake pictured above. For a showstopping centerpiece for this weekend’s Easter spread, just press sprinkles, jelly beans and a rainbow of Peeps into a freshly frosted layer cake. Read more
The best parts of a Peep are the little eyes and nose. No, for real. They’re tiny dots of chocolate and everyone knows that chocolate and marshmallow is one of the more amazing comfort food combinations (right up there with peanut butter and jelly). The problem is that there’s not enough chocolate on the bunny or chicks face to really satisfy. The good people at Just Born recognize the wonder of marshmallow Peeps + chocolate and came out with chocolate-covered Peeps a few years ago. They’re more expensive than the original though, and the chocolate coating is sort of chemical-y tasting. So it’s best to do-it-yourself. Homemade chocolate fondue is super-easy to make (tip: you can even make it in the microwave), and assorted Peeps and fruit and whatever else you like to dip look quite festive on a platter. Make it for Easter, or after Easter with all the leftover candy.
Get Paula Deen’s easy chocolate fondue recipe »