- Peeps were originally made by the Rodda Candy Company in Lancaster, PA until Just Born purchased them in 1953
- Peep were made by hand until the founder’s son created a depositor, making it possible to make 30 Peeps at a time
- Peeps’ eyes were originally painted on by hand, but now they are done by machine once the marshmallow has been shaped
- Yellow chicks were the original Peeps and are still the most popular today
- The first Peeps bunny was not created until the early 1980’s, but Just Born produced other seasonally shaped Peeps since the 1960s
- Before 1995, the only Peeps that existed were white, yellow, and pink, and only came in one flavor
- Peeps have been made using the same recipe for the past 50 years
- Peeps are the best selling non-chocolate Easter candy
- Approximately 5.5 million Peeps are made everyday and over 2 billion Peeps are made within the span of a year
- You can make your own Peeps at home by following the Peeps marshmallow recipe and using a piping bag
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The weeks leading up to Easter are Peep season! I love marshmallows of all kinds and the colorful, sugar-coated Peeps are no exception. I’ve made cupcakes that are inspired by them, S’mores that use Peeps in place of “regular” marshmallows and even Peep-Infused Vodka – all in addition to eating them straight out of the package. Here are some fun facts about Peeps that you may not know to share with other marshmallow-loving friends the next time you’re sharing a pack of Peep chicks or bunnies.
- Just Born makes Peeps today, but the original Easter marshmallow actually came from the the Rodda Candy Company of Lancaster, PA, which Just Born purchased in 1953.
- Peeps were originally made by hand and each chick was squeezed out of a pastry bag one at a time. Sam Borne, the son of Just Born’s founder, created a depositor that could make 30 Peeps at a time (6 rows of 5) in a fraction of the time that one person could previously pipe a Peep.
- The eyes on Peeps were originally painted on by hand. Now, they’re made by a machine and added to the marshmallow once it has been shaped.
- Yellow chicks were the original Peeps. They’re still the most popular.
- The familiar Peeps bunny was not released until the early 1980s, although Just Born produced other seasonally shaped Peep marshmallows in the 1960s.
- Before 1995, the only Peep colors you could find were pink, white and yellow – and they only came in one flavor.
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