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Take a peek at some new Peeps

03/13/2014 12:37 PM

03/14/2014 8:47 AM

Easter wouldn’t be the same without Peeps, those multicolored chicks that are the harbingers of spring. Appropriately, Peeps have made by the Just Born candy company in Bethlehem, Penn., since the early 1950s.

Look for new incarnations in stores now, with others to come. Like these: Party Cake Peeps that taste like, well, cake; chocolate-dipped marshmallow chicks and bunnies; chocolate-dipped mousse-flavored chicks and bunnies; a Peeps chick in a hollow milk-chocolate egg; individually wrapped dark-chocolate covered chicks; and Peepsters, described as “bite-size combinations of chocolate and marshmallow flavored creme.”

Meanwhile, try some Peeps trivia, compliments of Just Born.

More than 700 million Peeps are eaten at Easter.

Just Born makes enough Peeps in a year to circle the earth twice.

Yellow is America's best-selling color of Peeps chicks and bunnies.

Yellow and white Peeps chicks and bunnies were the first two colors, followed by pink, lavender, blue, green and orange.

If you took 8,000 Peeps bunnies and stood them in a straight vertical line, they would reach the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago.

Here’s a tip that’s not from Just Born: To get strange shapes or to make Peeps into an ingredient for s’mores, go here.

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