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.


Blogger Kitty said...

lol, I used to have a teacher who LOVED Peeps. Everytime at Easter, the students would give her a box Peeps XD THAT KID IS SOO CUTE!!!

12:02 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

you know what's a REALLY fun way to eat Peeps?? Bit each one of their heads off.. *D And show it to your mom (or sister) and watch them shriek! lol, that's what I like to do

12:05 PM  
Blogger SpringY (ugh) said...

Marshmallows ARE kind of disgusting. BLEH. Wouldn't it be embarrassing to be that kid and wear the chick outfit for peeps? Then when he's older everyone would make fun of him.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I'd like to eat anything indestructable... but they'd be good material for making something bulletproof!

12:46 PM  
Anonymous invisible turtle said...

I, personally, think they've gone too far, trying to take over other holidays. There are now jack-o-lanterns, trees, hearts, ghosts, black cats, and gingerbread men, to name a few.
However, I live for marshmellows (and gummy worms). I enjoy seeing how long they will SUFFER. (Answer the question, or the BUNNY GETS IT!)

1:04 PM  
Blogger TadMack said...

Dude, I'm with ya -- no eggs, no Peeps. And none of those nasty Cadbury Creme things, either. *shudders delicately*

But, Happy Spring anyway, right?

1:06 PM  
Anonymous invisible turtle said...

... Hey, bullet proof is a good idea! They already make necklaces... but the peeps in them are fake. Why doesn't anyone want to wear stale marshmellows around their neck?

1:06 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

10 ways to kill a peep XD

1:07 PM  
Anonymous ss chick said...

well, since harry is a guy, he wouldn't be a chick. hahahaha, i crack myself up. but, i dunno. maybe a bunny. ya know, i could just tape some black cloth to it for a cloak and like, draw glasses and a scar on it with a sharpie. hehe, im brilliant. well, yes, hmmm...

i dont like peeps either. there to sweet. ok, i can eat like one or two before i get sick from the sweet, but that one or two doesnt count.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ananka, I Google you and I got something about a writer's festival and there was a Kirsten Miller and thought it was you but then it said dolphin show commentator and from South Africa, so ha ha.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ewww! I hate Peeps, but no matter how many times I tell people that, I get peeps. But NOW I acually WANT peeps. LOL, I'm probly not gonna get any this year.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a fellow blogger... that is sooooo wicked! I like the way the thooth picks go twords each other. Go read my blog at

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

I've never tasted Peeps. But in Australia we have this really strange chocolate that's similar, and seems only to appear on Easter. It's semi-melted marshmallow mixed with copious amounts of egg yolk encased in milk chocolate... in the shape of a small bunny.

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

13th comment wooooo;)
Well, Ananka, you can give all your eggs and marshmallows and Peeps to me!:) Mmmmmmm....s'mores! And I liked the "Peep Show". I think this might be the funniest post on Ananka's Diary I ever read.

3:10 AM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Hey Kitty! I emailed that to everyone I know! Did you notice how only the sugary coating of the peep burns, but the marshmallow won't? Uck.

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find that the only good Peeps are chick Peeps, and all the rest are holiday impersonators. Also, I've blown one up in my microwave before:).
Invisible Turtle: I don't know. In fact, my dad'll only eat stale Peeps.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Jin Ai said...

another thing you can do is squish them until they get mushy and then have a contest to see who can make them stick to the ceiling the longest by throwing them...haha. I'm not a very big fan of marshmallows either, unless they've been cooked over a fire. And then I only eat the outside; the mushiness sickens me!
Of course, Lucky Charms don't count...who ever heard of crunchy marshmallows?

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Lara said...

huh....i've never heard of those, or eaten any. Then again, i dont celebrate Easter.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous sad girl said...

if you stick a toothpick in 2 of them like swords and then stick them in a microwave for 30 sec. and watch! (sometimes 45 sec)

6:08 PM  

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