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Marshmallow Peeps Candy for Holidays and Special Occasions

Peeps Aren’t Just for Easter Anymore

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time stopping at six, let alone one of these sweetly addicting treats.

Peeps have been produced by the Just Born company since 1953. Prior to that time, the Rodda Candy Company sold hand-made marshmallow chick confections beginning in the 1920s. But when Just Born took over, the hand-made process was transformed into manufacturing mass-produced, sugary marshmallow candies. The original yellow chick shape and color is what gave the candy its name.

Over time, other colors and shapes have been added to this sweet product line, including the now familiar bunny shape. These days, Peeps are an Easter basket staple and steadily becoming more popular for other holidays and occasions.

Here, take a look at some of the other marshmallow candies available, along with holiday recipes….

The Featured Peep of the Day

The chicks have been dipped!

Sometimes peeps are seasonal, so if a particular candy isn’t available right now, you can sign up to be notified when it’s ready.

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Look! Peeps Sushi!

This colorful marshmallow sushi platter was made by David Goehring and his friend, Byron, from San Francisco, CA, for “Easter Garden work day.” (Source: Flickr/CC)

Easter Chicks

They aren’t just yellow anymore….

But, of course, yellow will always be the classic color, so you might want to include this color in your Easter baskets or display, even if you go wild with other versions of this sweet marshmallow tradition.

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Purple Peeps

This might sound cruel, but a friend of mine brought multiple colors of these marshmallow candies along on a camping trip to do a little experiment. So, we roasted Peeps over the campfire that night, and lo and behold! The flames were colorful, too!

And you might be wondering if the purple ‘shmallow candy tastes any different than the yellow or other colors. Nope, not when it comes to these chicks. At least, not that I’ve noticed.

HOWEVER, your tongue will turn the color of the Peep, of course, so keep that in mind if you want to match your outfit.

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Wee Pink Peeps

I have niece who’s totally in a pink phase. She ate up all the pink Peeps this past Easter, then went around showing off her pink tongue.

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Green Peeps (and Ham?)

These would be handy for St. Patty’s Day too.

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And Orange Peeps Too

I went to an Easter gathering, where one of my friends who loves to bake brought a beautiful cake … covered with colorful Peeps! It was hard not to walk by and just pluck the chicks off and eat them before the cake was cut. There weren’t enough Peeps on the cake to go around, but luckily she brought a bunch of extra.

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Some Tasty Ideas for Transforming These Treats….

V.I.Peeps: 12 Delicious Ways to Transform the Marshmallow Candy

Did You Know….?

The time it takes to make a single Peep reportedly dropped from 27 hours in 1953 to about 6 minutes nowadays.

And Here are the Easter Bunnies

These squishy, sugary bunny-wabbits come in pink, green, lavender, orange and yellow.

So, how do you eat your Peeps? Do you nibble at them? Bite off the ears or heads first?

Me, I eat them like sushi … the whole thing goes in at once.

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Chocolate-Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies

Is it even possible to eat just one?

These are yummy with hot chocolate or dipped in a glass of milk.

This is an 8-count package of Chocolate Mousse flavored marshmallow bunny Peeps.

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Year-Round Peeps

In recent years, Peeps have expanded from their original niche as Easter basket stuffers. They’re now available for Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and Christmas in specialty shapes and colors. The product line has also expanded to include non-edible merchandise such as books, plush Peeps, and Peeps lip balm.

Valentine’s Day Peeps (Even one that’s sugar free!)

Marshmallow hearts say

No need to wait for the next Valentine’s Day to come around to give a sweet treat to your sweetheart. Pair up some of these marshmallow goodies with a bouquet of flowers, a mushy card (handmade is extra special!), something cute and cuddly (besides yourself), or anything else you want to use to show how much you care.

These have a strong strawberry flavor, and you can also get these hearts in vanilla cream.

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Spell out your love in sugary marshmallow shapes. (Which means you can’t sneak one for yourself before making the presentation.)

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And Valentine Teddy Peeps

This is 6-count package of squishy, sweet little bears, which would go great with a BIG teddy bear of the huggable kind.

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Halloween Peeps

Pumpkins, ghosts, and cats

You can find Halloween Peep recipes, including a Peep Graveyard Cake and Peeps Cat and Moon Brownies, on MarshmallowPeeps.com.

You can now also get Peeps as milk chocolate- and dark chocolate-dipped orange chicks.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

You Can Pre-Order Your Marshmallow Treats

Having a Halloween party? Or want to give out something a bit different to the trick-or-treaters this year? (Not that there’s anything wrong with Snickers minis or those Dots that stick to your teeth like super glue.) These specialty Peeps would be a fun idea. You can pop a Peep into your little one’s lunchbox as a sweet surprise or hand them out to your co-workers. And save a few for yourself, of course.

Pumpkin Peeps

Each box has 24 pumpkins, and a case contains six boxes. You can get these in yellow too.

These are great for Halloween parties, or place one or two in separate baggies and hand them out to trick-or-treaters.

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Ghostly Peeps

One happy reviewer used these for a Halloween diorama, so you see they can be functional as well as edible!

This is a package of nine friendly, sweet ghosts.

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Kitty Peeps

Well, they’re not your typical Halloween BLACK cats, but … they’re still cute (and sweet and tasty).

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Christmas Peeps

Trees, stars, joy, reindeer, and snowmen

This 20- foot tall Christmas tree is made entirely out of marshmallow candies. The sweet tree was created as part of Peeps festival at Steelstacks, a family-friendly event in Pennsylvania leading up to New Year’s Eve.

Source: Flickr / CC

You’ll find a bunch of Christmas Peeps recipes and edible crafts, including a Cool and Minty Cake, a wreath, and a candle holder, at MarshmallowPeeps.com.

See some of the Peeps shapes fitting for the Christmas holiday season, including trees, stars, “Joy” Peeps, snowmen and reindeer below….

Christmas Marshmallow Peeps

Christmas trees, snowmen, stars and reindeer in sweet, squishy candy form

These Christmas tree Peeps come nine to a package.

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Marshmallow Stars

If these (or any other “style” of Peeps) in particular aren’t available right now — since some of these shapes and flavors are rather seasonal — you can sign up to be notified as soon as they’re ready.

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Chocolate Mousse Reindeer Peeps

These 6 adorable marshmallow treats even have red noses.

“Rudolph the Peep mousse reindeer, had a very sugary nose….” Sing it!

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And here are two more for the holiday season….

You could make a whole gingerbread house for these special Peeps to live in (until they’re eaten, that is). They’d be a sweet addition to the display, while they lasted.

These 6 marshmallow treats, shaped and flavored like gingerbread men, are gluten free.

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You could also put a couple of these snowmen around your gingerbread house … and then eat the third one, just to make sure it’s okay, of course.

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Make Your Own Saffron Meringue Chicks

Because not everyone likes marshmallows

This is Do-it-Yourself peeping with an alternative to the traditional marshmallow Peep. Here’s an easy recipe for meringue chicks, which gives you the option of omitting the gelatin and not worrying about getting to the “soft-ball stage” in candy-making. This recipe includes chocolate chips for the chick eyes and natural coloring (the saffron) which has a very distinctive flavor.

Learn how to make these Saffron Meringue “peeps” with step-by-step instructions and photos.

(Photo Source: Flickr / CC)

Are You Partial to Peeps?

Have a favorite type of sugary, chewy chick marshmallow candy?

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