Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The True Purpose of a Peep

Marshmallow Peeps.

Truth be told, I personally can't stand them. Never have been able to eat them. Grosses me out for whatever reason. But I do like the colors that they have now. In the past years I have always ended up getting them to put into the Easter basket just because, well they are suppose to be there. No one in my family eats them, unless of course everything else has been eaten! Then you have to pull the Easter grass off cause its generally stuck to it.

This year I was given a little idea by Daniel's preschool teacher. While Daniel was out of school a lot this past month I asked for "homework" and she sent me a list of activities they were doing in the class for us to try at home. One of them was painting with peeps. Clever idea!
All the colors that peeps are in now, I figured we'd give it a try. We are a crafty family and Daniel loves getting messy.

Here are a few photos from our peep painting experience. I will warn you, it is a bit messy and sticky. A bath might be required after this craft. Best thing about it, if you have a child that likes to put things into their mouths, its all edible. Well except maybe for the peeps!! :)

So go grab your colored peeps, a little bit of vanilla pudding, dip and paint!! The color of the peep changes the pudding and voila' you have art!!

You gotta check out the Peeps website Also check out over at Bakerella what they do with their bunny peeps! Plus she is having a giveaway for a brand new Nintendo DSi. Check it out and try to win!

Here are a few fun peep trivia facts:

  • Marshmallow Peeps were first introduced in 1953. Back then, the Peeps were squeezed out of a pastry tube one at a time and the eyes were painted on by hand -- taking a total of 27 hours to create one Peep. Today, technology can make one Peep in six minutes. (I think I still have my first peep...I use it for my doorstop during the Easter season!)
  • Last Easter, more than 700 million peeps were consumed. (or used for arts/crafts/science experiments-microwaving!)
  • Marshmallow Peeps have been the top selling non-chocolate candy for the last decade - even outselling jellybeans. (C'mon Man.....really??)

Are you a Peeps fan? Have you ever been curious about other Peep possibilities?

Give me your ideas, I've got some extras here that need a purpose!


AshleyS said...

sounds like a great idea!

Jacqui said...

Happy birthday Melanie!!!

jamie said...

happy birthday!!

Erin said...

Happy Birthday, Melanie (and thanks for outing her to us, Lonnie. So sweet).

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Mommy Dearest! I must agree that Peeps are kinda iffy... I thought Tori liked them though? Great project idea, I may try that out this week. xoxox

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Melanie! I hope you have a great birthday.

Bird said...

Happy birthday?!?

I wish Charlie liked to color--so far he hasn't noticed it.

Keri said...

You're totally cracking me up. "...they are suppose to be there." That is frickin' hilarious cause I can't stand peeps! They are about as nasty as my husband's toe jam! Eeeewwwwww!!!

Keri said...

WTHeck!!?! Your birthday the day after Logan's? I totally missed it, daggone it. Happy belated birthday to one swell woman!