posted 07-10-2002 09:10 AM PT (US)
In 1953, it took 27 hours to create one Marshmallow Peep. Today, it takes six minutes.
During their early years, Marshmallow Peeps were squeezed one at a time out of a pastry tube and the eyes were painted on by hand. Now, technology can create 3,500 Peeps' eyes per minute.
Over one BILLION individual Marshmallow Peeps are made every year for Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day at Just Born's Bethlehem, Pennsylvania factory. This is over four million Peeps per day.
This Easter, more than 600 million Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies will be consumed by men, women, and children throughout the United States.
Strange things people like to do with Marshmallow Peeps: eat them stale, microwave them, freeze them, roast them, and use them as a pizza topping.
Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies came in only three colors as recently as 1995 when lavender was added. Blue Peeps were hatched for Easter 1998.
Each Peep has 32 calories (160 calories per five-chick serving) and 0 fat grams.
Yellow Peeps are the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue and white.
Marshmallow Peeps are not only for Easter. Just Born manufactures seasonal Marshmallow Peeps shapes for Halloween: Spooky Cats, Pumpkins, and Ghosts; Christmas: Trees, Snowman, and Cutouts; and Valentine's Day: Strawberry or Vanilla Hearts.
Today, Just Born is America's largest manufacturer of seasonal marshmallow confections, with Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies hailing as the top selling non-chocolate Easter candy brand for the last decade. Peeps even out- sell jelly beans.