Friday, March 21, 2008
This One Goes Out to All My Peeps
(Sorry. I know the headline is cheesy, but I JUST COULDN'T HELP MYSELF.)
There are only two things on Earth that I won't eat. Eggs and marshmallows. Don't ask me why, but they both make me gag. Back when I was a kid, whenever I received a package of Peeps (impersonated above) in my Easter basket, I would quickly hand them over to someone with less discerning taste buds. (I have relatives who will eat ANYTHING.)
If only I had known . . . there are so many things that you can do with Peeps that don't require sticking the nasty little beasts in your mouth. For instance, you could craft Peeps dioramas (such as the one shown below). These seem to be quite the rage these days. Even the Washington Post sponsors contests. I'm not sure if there's still time to enter this year's contest, but you can check out the 2007 winners here.
Don't have time to build a Harry Potter Peeps diorama? (Would Harry be a chick or a bunny?) There's also an amazing game known as "Peeps Jousting." (Otherwise known as Mortal Peep Fighting.) Wikipedia includes the following instructions:
"The messy and largely self-entertaining game is played with a microwave oven. One takes two Peeps, and licks the right-hand side of each until sticky. A toothpick is thereby adhered to each Peep, pointing forward like a jousting lance. The Peeps are then set in a microwave, squared off against one another, and heated up. As they expand, the toothpick lances thrust toward each opponent, and the winner is the one that does not pop and deflate (or fizzle and die). Both usually are eaten after the competition, however, regardless who the victor was, calling into question the nature of 'winning' in such a circumstance."
Watch a Peeps Jousting video (featuring a very strange squirrel) here.
You might also try your hand at answering the eternal question: Are Peeps indestructible? According to one source, even the experts at Emory University in Atlanta found it next to impossible to destroy the creatures.
So who's resposible for making these monstrous beasties? Take a visual tour of the Peeps factory here.