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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Peep, Peep, Peep

Do you like Peeps? This time of the year, they seem to be everywhere!
Peeps were first made in 1953, and it took 27 hours to finish the first one which was made by hand.
Now the Peeps factory in Bethlehem, PA, makes more than 4.2 million chicks a day.
Here's how:


The marshmallow mix sits in a heated pot, waiting to go to the press.


Freshly pressed Peeps wait for their sugar coating.


Yellow dye is sprayed onto the sugar that will soon coat the Peeps.


The Peeps continue down the line after receiving their new sugar coat.


The Peeps have their eyes imprinted.


Peeps that aren't perfect are taken off the line.


The Peeps are packaged and get ready to be shipped to stores.


So, do you eat Peeps? I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of them, but I know lots of people love them!

27 comments:

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Those are some awesome pictures... or are they PeePtures?
Another friday's favorite for sure:-)

Erika Jean said...

Mmmmm I LOVE peeps!

Terri said...

i love them!

Connie said...

I don't care for them - they are missing "chocolate". lol




Have a blessed Easter - the reason for our JOY!!

Kat aka Beachkat said...

I don't eat them often and when I do, I can only eat one or two and then I'm done until the next year.

Hugs,
Kat

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

They are cute! But yuck!

Kalli said...

I do like Peeps. but the best way to eat them is to cut open the package and let them sit out for a day. They get a little hard. I dont know why but it is yummy!

Carol said...

PEEPS! Never heard of them!!
But they look nice!
Have a blessed Easter.

Betty said...

Thank you. Finally I know what Peeps look like and how they are made. That was really interesting and I love the pictures.
I don´t think I´d be a fan though, because I don´t really like Marshmallows either.
Have a happy Easter Mari!

Just Mom said...

I <3 Peeps -- especially the chocolate mousse flavored ones. :-D

Sharon said...

I am not a big fan of them.
I have a co-worker who eats them all day long before the Peep Season is gone. Give Me a Choco-bunny!!!
It was a very interesting story of how they are made.
Have a blessed Easter.

Melissa said...

How cool! I love peeps :)

Mariel said...

that's fun!! my boys love the pics of how to make peeps...YUM!

Christina said...

I saw these made on a show, maybe it was How its made, anyway they can be addicting.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Me? Dunno 'bout anyone else, but I really don't care for these kinds of peeps. But I do like my blogging peeps!!!

Cherdecor said...

I could eat a ton of them except they make me sick. I love them!

Tammy said...

Not much for eating them, but they sure are pretty. This is a great series. Did you tour the factory?

Mari said...

Tammy - I got this in an e-mail, no tour. :)

septembermom said...

Glad to get all this "peep" info, Mari!

Happy Easter to you and your family!!

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Oh, how fascinating! I love the pictures, really nice. I don't like them, but my kids do...lol

Mari, thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment. I'm glad you're enjoying the mini-stories, and that you can relate to such situations.

Happy Easter!
Doris

Henrietta said...

They are cute but I don't think they are available here in Finland and even they were I think they would not be my favorite:)

√ Honest Abe said...

They don't even look good to me. I suppose it is because after 5 kids and grandkids, I lost my taste buds for this kind of sugar treat.

Karin said...

The kids will get some tomorrow but it is nothing I would want to eat any more! They're cute! I had no idea how popular they are though!

Shelly said...

Sweet! I don't like them now. I did when I was a kid. Pretty neat how they make these little buggers. I don't think that is far from Randy's family. I like to watch the tv show unwrapped.

Kim said...

Not a fan of the taste, but do think they're awfully cute :) I saw a fun centerpiece on a blog... they'd put a smaller vase inside a big clear one and in the space between the two there were jelly beans topped by a row of peeps, and then tulips in the center vase. Very Springy!

Rural Revival said...

You know, I've seen them but I've never had the opportunity to try them but now that I've seen them being made, I'd sort of like to try one!

Raise Them Up said...

My boys love these--my husband included. But even they can only eat so many of them. :) Thanks for the fun factory tour!