C&K Market Inc. recently held a “Peep Art” contest, challenging employees to create art from multi-colored Peeps.
The results ranged from a rainbow bright Peeps bouquet to a romantic forest fairy diorama.
First Place: Disco Peeps starring John Peep-Volta
Second Place: Enchanted Forest
Peep Art will be on display from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today (April 9) at Ray’s Food Place during the Second Saturday Art Walk.
A craze since the beginning
The marshmallowy goodness of Peeps is a spring tradition, right alongside chocolate bunnies, decorated eggs and pretty new dresses.
Peeps were born in the early 1950s as yellow sugar-covered marshmallow chicks, Peeps bunnies soon followed. In the last 15 years the selection exploded into a palette of colors: bright pink, lavender, spring green, sky blue and chocolate brown.
More than 700 million Peeps are sold each spring, according to Just Born, the company that produces the gooey treat.
A love-hate relationship with Peeps has entered popular culture. Peeps abuse immediately followed.
•create Jabba the Peep (microwave a Peep chick on wax paper and watch it grow to startling proportions);
•bite the ears off of Peep rabbits;
•Peep movie renactments, especially movies that involve dismemberment (war, horror, etc. at www.youtube.com).
One of the most popular activities is to subject Peeps to mad science.
Emery University research students learned that Peeps do not dissolve in acetone, hot water, diluted sulfuric acid, or sodium hydroxide www.peepresearch.org/solubility.html).
Peeps have found their way into home decor, via Martha Stewart’s website (http://www.marthastewart.com/article/peep-wreath-centerpiece).
The official Peeps website, www.marshmallowpeeps.com, includes interactive games and activities for children, including creating their own Peep character.