Either way, PEEPS have been the number one non-chocolate Easter candy in the US for more than a decade. Although yellow is America’s favorite color for PEEPS chicks and bunnies, they also come in pink, lavender, blue, orange and green.  The fluorescent marshmallow bunnies and chicks were hatched over 50 years ago. They got their name – PEEPS — because the original candy was the yellow chick.  Now they’re produced for many holidays – in seasonal colors and shapes.  Just Born, the parent company of PEEPS, claims to produce enough PEEPS in one year to circle the Earth twice.

What’s are they made of?

PEEPS are made of sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, less than 0.5% of potassium sorbate, natural flavors, dye, and carnauba wax. They’re gluten and nut free.  There is even a sugar-free version of PEEPS that are made with Splenda.  Five little chicks (42g, one serving size): 140 calories; 0g fat; 1g protein; and 36g carbs.

Soft or Crunchy?

People have definite PEEPS preferences. Some like them nice and soft, others leave them out in the air to age so they get a little crunchy on the outside.  They’ve been microwaved (careful, they expand and can really make a mess in your microwave), frozen, roasted, used to top hot chocolate, and added to recipes. They don’t toast well on sticks like regular marshmallows because their outer sugar coating tends to burn.

Not only are they a fun little snack, PEEPS make darling table decorations, wreaths and more Easter décor.  If PEEPS are part of your Easter tradition, even though they’re filled with sugar and all kinds of dyes and chemicals, for a seasonal treat, you could do worse. Via EatOutEatWell.