Cybele May is the author of a blog devoted to sweets and confections, CandyBlog.net, and is the perfect resource to tell us everything we ever wanted to know about Peeps -- the sweet, marshmallow chicks and bunnies that make their way to our Easter baskets every year (and for some, they end up blowing up in the microwave, garnishing a martini or topping a pizza!). Peeps are made in the Just Born factory out of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and they have no shortage of fans. Cybele shares a few Peep Haikus and a rundown of the obsessive dedication to the fluffy, edible chicks -- fan sites, a photo trilogy called Lord of the Peeps, recipes, photos and even fashions.
•The amount of Peeps chicks and bunnies eaten at Easter could more than circle Earth’s circumference twice.
•There more than 200 unofficial Peeps web sites – Peeps fans eat their Peeps fresh, stale, frozen and even on pizza.
•Peeps have been the best selling non-chocolate Easter candy for the last decade.
•In the early 1950’s, it took 27 hours to make one Peeps chick. Today it takes six minutes.
•Peeps chicks and bunnies come in 5 colors. Yellow chicks are the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue, and green.•Each Peeps chick has 32 calories and 0 grams of fat.
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