Peeps – you either love them or hate them. But regardless, they are one the most popular candies around Easter time. The little chicks, made of marshmallow and sugar and more sugar, have been an Easter basket staple since the fifties with nearly 1.5 billion consumed around spring time! And they aren’t just for Easter anymore, Peeps are now a “year-round” candy offering Halloween, Christmas and even Valentine’s Day variations. Peeps also come in several flavors such as, lemon, fruit punch, coconut, vanilla, sugar free and even chocolate dipped flavors!
Nearly 5.5 million Peeps are made daily in the Just Born factory in Pennsylvania, but the yellow chicks (the originals) are still the favorite Peep, with the pink chicks coming in second and the blue rounding up third. The recipe is still the same, which begins with a boiling batch of granulated sugar, liquid sugar, and corn syrup, to which gelatin and vanilla extract are later added. Have you ever noticed their eyes? Those are made with carnauba, a non-toxic edible wax.
Until recently, the equipment hadn’t changed either. The chicks were carefully formed by a top-secret machine known as The Depositor. Taking about six minutes a peep, The Depositor could manufacture six rows of five Peeps a piece, in a fraction of the time it took workers to form them by hand. And that same machine has been keeping Peeps flowing until a recent renovation of the manufacturing plant.
Each Year on New Year’s Eve in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, home of the Born factory, a giant Yellow Peep is dropped in their version of the NYE Ball Drop.
And if you can’t get enough of Peeps or have some left over you can always search Peep recipes. How do Peeps S’mores, Peeps Krispy Treats or Peeps and Nutella Sandwiches sound to you? Try a simple internet search and you’ll find plenty of recipes to keep your Peeps sweet. And finally, Peeps Oreos made their way to store shelves earlier this year. The limited edition cookies pair the classic Oreo cookie with Peeps flavored crème. Yum.
And if Peeps just aren’t your thing then perhaps the Cadbury Egg is your favorite Easter candy. A chocolate egg with a fondant filling, The Cadbury Egg was created in the UK and has been around since the 60’s.
Nearly 1.5 million crème eggs are made daily and are sold seasonally between New Year’s Day and Easter. The eggs start as two half-egg chocolate shells, each of which is filled with a white fondant, then topped with a smaller amount of yellow fondant. Both halves are then quickly joined together and cooled, the chocolate bonding together in the process. The solid eggs are then wrapped and packaged individually in the traditional purple colored foil.
They come in a few alternate flavors such as caramel filled and orange flavored but the traditional Cadbury Crème Egg remains the most popular. Not to be left out, there are also recipes for those leftover Cadbury Eggs. How does Cadbury Cream Stuffed Donut Holes sound to you? Or maybe you’d rather your Egg frozen in the form of Cadbury Crème Ice Cream!
The Cadbury Crème Egg and Marshmallow Peeps are just a few spring time treats that we’ll risk a few cavities for.
What is your favorite spring candy?