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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Greetings Infomaniacs,

It's that time of year when those little marshmallow Peeps start invading store shelves. It's just sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin, but those brightly colored candy chicks drive people crazy, at least for the month before Easter. After that they disappear into obscurity for another 11 months.

So while they're hot, let's take a closer look at this fun little candy.

Enjoy!

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It used to take 27 hours to make a Peep. That was in 1953, when Sam Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company and its line of marshmallow chicks. Back then, each chick was handmade with a pastry tube. Just Born quickly set about automating the process, so that it now takes just six minutes to make a Peep.

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The recipe has remained pretty much the same. The recipe begins with a boiling batch of granulated sugar, liquid sugar and corn syrup, to which gelatin and vanilla extract are later added.

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Since Just Born turned Peeps-making into an automated process, their chicks have been carefully formed by a top-secret machine known as The Depositor. Created by Sam Born's son, Bob, The Depositor could manufacture six rows of five Peeps apiece at a fraction of the time it took workers to form them by hand.

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The final flourish for all of these squishy balls of sweetness is adding the eyes, which are made of carnauba - a non-toxic edible wax.

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All over the country, Peeps have become the preferred media for a number of highly anticipated annual art contests, including The Washington Post's Peeps Diorama Contest, which is now in its ninth year.

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Peeps used to have wings. They were clipped in 1955, two years after the first marshmallow chicks hatched, to give the candy a sleeker, more "modern" look.




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