Hello Bakery Buddies! I’m back! Please forgive me, for it has been a couple of weeks since my last blog entry. I was out of town (in Ohio) at a writers conference and then visiting with family. Any Ohio peeps in the house? Shout out!
I know that I’m several days late and a peep short, Easterly speaking, but I couldn’t let the season pass me by without discussing this phenomenon.
Are we pro peep? Con peep? Meh peep?
See, here’s my thing: I find the little guys ridiculously cute and fascinating, but I could never quite get in the peep boat and row with it. The only marshmallow I’ve really ever done in my life has had Hershey’s chocolate and graham crackers wrapped around it or been bobbing for dear life inside a mug of cocoa.
I like it that way.
But peeps? And wait…as I’m writing this, I can’t help but wonder if I should be capitalizing the “P” in peeps. Because it’s not just a thing anymore…not just a mere noun. Oh no. Now it is an Enterprise. A proper noun. A way of life. Okay, so maybe it’s not a way of life, but I do think I just answered my own question.
Henceforth, we shall capitalize the “P” in Peep!
Sounds okay with you peeps?
As I was saying, Peeps have never figured prominently in my Easter equation in the past. I always traded them to my brother and sister for Reese’s peanut butter cups. It was an all out bidding war. Whoever gave up the most peanut butter cups won the coveted four pack. Later, as I began buying them for my kids (or the Easter Bunny started bringing them *wink* *wink*), they’d be left open in the pack to harden like so much concrete.
But in the last few years, have you noticed that Peeps have become Big Business? They are a cottage industry – no, so much more than that. It started with colors that veered from the traditional pink, blue, yellow and purple. Target began doing them in signature red. That was just to get their little webbed feet wet. Now, there are a variety of flavors, like creamsicle, strawberry cream, chocolate dipped, lemonade and vanilla. There are Peep lollipops and Peep gingerbread men. There are stars, hearts, and shouldn’t there be green clover?
Dunkin’ Donuts has Peep donuts!
What I’m trying to say is, just like everything else in life, these kids have it SO much better than we do. They have NO idea how good. I keep telling my boys that in MY DAY we had four colors. That was it. And we made do.
Peeps have gotten so much Peepier.
And now…I’m suffering from FOMOOP, or Fear Of Missing Out On Peeps.
So I tried one. One of the chocolate dipped ones. Because I can get onboard with anything dipped in chocolate.
Now don’t go there.
You know what happened? I ate the chocolate part and tossed the rest of the little cuties. Poor neglected things.
And if you want to be entertained, Peep-wise, I have an excellent blogger friend named Vikki Reich who does an annual feature on her blog called Peep Week. You need to check this out, because it’s fantastic. The link will take you to Day 7, but the links to all previous days are listed there. Day 7 is the big video Kahuna as they say. You don’t want to miss it. There’s also a Peep Gallery! And did you know that The Mall Of America has a Peep Store? I found that out from Vikki too.
So what it all comes down to is this: Maybe I’ve just been wrapped too tightly and been hard on the little guys?
And maybe if I’d wrapped them more tightly, they wouldn’t have gone hard on me.
What say you? Are you a Peep peep? Or are you not yet with the Peep flow? And if you are, what flavors have you tried, embraced and called your favorites?