Peeptologie: On the Cultural Phenomenon of The Eggsistence of Peeps – Easter Macaroons

“Peeps are marshmallow candies, sold in the United States and Canada, that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals. There are also different shapes used for various holidays. Peeps are used primarily to fill Easter baskets, though recent ad campaigns tout the candy as “Peeps – Always in Season”. They are made from marshmallow, corn syrup, gelatin, and carnauba wax.”

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peeps Retrieved April 23, 2011.

How many times have you been told not to play with your food?  The question is: Are Peeps food?  Sure my desk has been littered in the past weeks with empty Peeps boxes.  ME who doesn’t eat junk, suddenly found myself being assailed by the squishy little darling rabbits in all their fluorescent and sugarie, marshmallowie, cutesy innocence.  They have expressions on their cloned faces that range from furtive to inscrutable.  Do Peeps have consciousness? Just look one in the face before you bite its head off.

Blue Bunnies Expressions

The Just Born Company, the makers of many sugary and familiar candies, makes Peeps. (50 years.) Yum. Have you had your Peeps today? It’s the time of year when I remember as a kid, I was overindulging in jellybeans, chocolate rabbits and Peeps.  Once again I am under the spell of the Peeps. They have reached a cult like status.  There are Peep off eating contests.  The St. Paul Pioneer Press started the Peeps diorama annual contest. Other newspapers have followed with this tradition on Easter.  Quel Peeps! Or What’s Peeping, Dawg?

http://www.peepresearch.org/index.html Peeps Research is a must see for anyone with a sense of humor and an appreciation for the absurd. Does carnauba wax make Peeps indestructible?

Peeps Official Website : http://www.marshmallowpeeps.com/Retrieved April 23, 2011.  The company’s recipe for Peeps Macaroons is below. I made cup cakes.

Chickadee Peeps

Recipe for: SWEET PEEPS® MACAROONS

Ingredients

                                        

12 PEEPS® Milk or Dark Chocolate Dipped Chicks

3 cups sweetened flaked coconut

¾ cup sugar

3 large egg whites

¼ tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. almond extract

Kitchen Tools Needed:

2 cookie sheets

Measuring cup

Measuring spoons

Parchment paper

Large bowl

Stirring spoon

Spatula

Wire rack

Directions

                                        

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, stir coconut, sugar, egg whites, salt, vanilla and almond extract until well combined.

Refrigerate one half hour.

Drop batter by rounded tablespoons (approx 1 inch apart) so they are about 2 inches in diameter.

Bake at 325° F for 25 minutes or until slightly golden.

Cool 1 – 3 minutes on cookie trays. Remove with a spatula and transfer to wire rack.

Top each with a PEEPS® Milk or Dark Chocolate Dipped Chick and let cool completely.

Makes:

12 Sweet PEEPS® Macaroons

Warning:

Pans removed from oven will be extremely hot. Please use heat resistant oven mitts. Parental supervision is advised.

Keep on Peeps!

Peeps Cup Cakes

About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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