|Peeps resting on tree branches|
Peeps are a marshmallow-based food form, traditionally shaped to look (sort of look) like baby chickens. From the official description "The wonderful combination of sweet colored sugar and fluffy marshmallow creates an unforgettable taste experience. PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies are made by Just Born, Inc.,
According to the website [http://www.marshmallowpeeps.com] an average of 5.5 million Peeps are born each day. But the reality is some days more Peeps are made than others, as Peeps are a seasonal treat, available only during the weeks running up to Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
|Peeps perched on picket fence|
Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Contains less than 0.5% of the following ingredients: Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Natural Flavors, Yellow #5, Carnauba Wax.
Peeps are gluten free, but because of the gelatin content Peeps are not kosher, halal or vegan. The carnauba wax is used to make the eye dots.
Red-colored Peeps use Red #3, blue use Blue #1, and purple uses red and blue together. Peeps will not dissolve in water, but the coloring will seep off if they get wet. Shelf-life is a year or two.
|Peeps mob the bird feeder|
No Peeps were harmed in the process of this photo shoot.
|Snow Falling on Cedars (with Peeps)|
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