10 Ingenious Ways to Enjoy Marshmallow Peeps this Easter

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10 Ingenious Ways to Enjoy Marshmallow Peeps this Easter

Ethan Calabrese

Where my Peeps at? With these recipes, you don't need to worry about any half opened packages going bad or stale.

There are tons of creative ways to use up the colorful and cute Easter treats from brownies, to s'mores, and even boozy shooters for the adults.

Eating Peeps is only 100 percent acceptable this time of year, so make sure you try out these recipes to make the most of them! Looking for more Easter desserts? Try our insanely adorable Easter cakes.

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Peeps S'mores Brownies

On Easter, you aren't allowed to use regular marshmallows.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Peepsie Treats

Peeps + Rice Krispies = match made in heaven.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Peeps Jell-O Shots

The perfect way to use up leftover Peeps.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Peeps-Infused Vodka

It looks a science experiment gone wrong, but it tastes so right. Just stick Peeps in a large mason jar or pitcher, fill with vodka, and let it sit for 2 to 3 hours for pastel-tinted, marshmallow-flavored booze.

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Easter Push Pop PEEPS

Whatever, cake pops.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Peeps S'mores

There's no such thing as too many s'mores. I mean, they're called “some more” for a reason, right? It's a great way to use up all kinds of Easter candy.

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Peeps-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

You won't be able to wait to tear into these oddly shaped (but insanely delicious) sweets.

Get the recipe on Delish.

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Peeps Popcorn

It's Cookies & Cream Popcorn taken to the next level. (And you're going to crave it all year long.)

Get the recipe on Delish.

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Peeps S'mores Skillet

Individual s'mores isn't thinking big enough.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Rocky Road Easter Pie

If you only make one pie this Easter, make it this one.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Ghost S'mores Dip

A scary easy dip.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Layered Peeps Crispy Rice Cereal Treats

All Easter desserts should be spring colors. Just saying.

Get the recipe from Yellow Bliss Road.

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Chocolate-Dipped Peeps

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Peeps Cake Batter Candy

A little Peeps, a little cake, a little fudge, a little candy—what's not to love?

Get the recipe from Cookies and Cups.

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Peeps S'mores Trifle

You gotta make sure you take a bite with all the layers.

Get the recipe from The Scrap Shoppe.

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Easter Peeps Milkshake

Add toasted Peeps to ice cream and never look back.

Get the recipe from Shared Appetite.

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Peeps Candy Bars

Peeps are good…Peeps + cake mix + M&M's are better.

Get the recipe from The Domestic Rebel.

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Peeps Bunny Bark

Peppermint bark, who?

Get the recipe from Love From The Oven.

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Swimming Peeps Jello Cups

Beach season is a GO.

Get the recipe from The First Year.

Source: https://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/easter/g3312/peeps-hacks/

The sticky, sugary history of Peeps

10 Ingenious Ways to Enjoy Marshmallow Peeps this Easter
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Easter season is upon us, and if you're a majority of Americans who celebrate the holiday, you’ll probably purchase some candy for the occasion. And that stash will ly include the neon-sugar-coated hallmark of the season: Peeps.

But while their blobby shapes and bright colors are easily recognizable, their backstory might not be so familiar — or as straightforward as you’d think. Read on to find out more about these squishy harbingers of spring.

Mmm, sugar-coated marshmallows with eyes

How the sugar-coated sausage gets made. DON EMMERT / AFP

In their traditional form, Peeps are shaped baby chickens and made of a soft marshmallow rolled in colored sugar, with eyes made of edible wax.

They are typically sold in packs of five conjoined marshmallows. One serving of Peeps (five pieces) contains 140 calories, no fat, and 34 grams of sugar, which makes sense since their two main ingredients are sugar and corn syrup.

Peeps also contain gelatin, which makes them unsuitable for vegans.

Peeps are manufactured by the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based Just Born candy company, which was founded in 1910 by a Russian immigrant named Sam Born and also manufactures such trick-or-treating offenses as Mike & Ikes and Hot Tamales.

According to Just Born's company history, Born is to thank for several confectionary feats we now take for granted, including producing chocolate sprinkles and that type of chocolate sauce that hardens into a crunchy shell when it hits ice cream; he also invented a machine to put sticks into lollipops, without which our national lollipop game would be sadly deficient.

In 1953, Just Born bought the Rodda candy company, which was based in nearby Lancaster and produced jelly beans as well as a line of handmade, chick-shaped marshmallows.

Born's son Bob Born figured out how to mechanize the marshmallow creation process, which shortened the manufacturing time from nearly 27 hours to six minutes.

(Bob also ditched the wings that used to be piped onto each Peep, which further streamlined the process.)

Not just for Easter anymore

Ghost Peeps for Halloween Julie Clopper/Shutterstock

Much that other tooth-achingly sweet seasonal treat candy corn, Peeps have expanded beyond their original limited availability to become a year-round sweet.

They come in different colors (blue, pink, lavender), flavors (cotton candy, gingerbread, “lemon delight,” chocolate-covered, candy cane), and shapes — Peeps bunnies were introduced in the 1980s, and now the line includes hearts, pumpkins, Minions, and more.

But the original yellow chicks (whose flavor is simply “sugar”) are still the most popular, and the candy is still most commonly associated with Easter. The website WalletHub estimates that 1.5 billion Peeps are eaten every Easter.

Still, Peeps are rather divisive. While they have their die-hard fans, many others devote an astonishing amount of energy to railing against them. Take, for instance, the 2012 Guardian article “Sorry, but Peeps are disgusting,” or the groups dedicated to Peep hate. Angela Hill of the Oakland Tribune finds them unsettling:

I dis them intensely. And they know it, which merely bolsters their resolve. I can see it in their beady little food-colored eyes — their defiance, their sheer pluck. You can't get just one Peep, you know, and that's no accident. They come in packs. One might even say, battalions.

And then there's this vivid description of consuming a Peep, courtesy of the Dallas Observer: “It's eating a tablespoon of sugar lovingly dusted atop a mouthful of your gramma's cellulite.”

Useful as food and fun

A scene from the inaugural Peeps eating world championship. The Washington Post / Contributor

Peeps are as versatile as their flavor is one-note. If you’re a Peep purist, you can just eat them straight from the package — either fresh or stale and slightly crunchy, as some people prefer.

(Matthew Pye, Just Born's VP of trade relations and corporate affairs, told the Huffington Post that 70 to 75 percent of people prefer “fresh” Peeps, which still leaves a sizable portion of Peep eaters who opt to consume them on the crunchier side of the sell-by date.

) If you're of legal drinking age, you could pair them with wine or beer.

If you want to get creative, Peeps-centric recipes abound, from the relatively innocuous (Peeps Krispies treats) to the elaborate (a Peeps sunflower cake) to the straight-up revolting (“Peepza” — literally just Peeps on a pizza — and “Peepshi,” a Willy Wonka fever dream wherein faux sushi is constructed from Peeps, Nerds, Fruit by the Foot, etc.). Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi suggests skewering them to roast over a fire or flattening them and drying them in the oven to make “Peep chips.”

But if you'd rather not eat them at all, you can still experiment with Peeps in the name of science. One time-honored tradition is to put them in the microwave to see what happens. (Spoiler alert: They get big. , really big.) This practice has also led to the exotic sport known as Peep jousting:

In 1999, Emory University researchers Gary Falcon and James Zimring performed perhaps the most exhaustive Peeps testing in human history, exploring the candies' durability in the face of a variety of substances. According to the Emory Report:

To test Peep solubility, they began with simple tap water, then moved on to boiling water, then to acetone, sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide, but were left dumbfounded by Peeps' apparent invulnerability to each.

Then they tried Phenol, a protein-dissolving solvent lethal to humans in amounts as small as a single gram. Peeps proved mortal to such a substance — well, almost. One hour after plunging an unfortunate Peep into its grisly demise, all that remained in the beaker was a pair of brown carnauba wax eyes floating in a purple Phenol soup.

If you're more of a right-brained soul, you might consider using the confections to create an artistic masterpiece. In 2006, the Washington Post launched an annual “Peep Show” diorama contest, asking entrants to create a 3D scene in which all the characters are Peeps.

The contest sometimes drew several hundred participants, whose submissions ranged from a Peep van Gogh to a Peepified scene from the movie Up.(You can see past winners of the diorama contest here.) The competition was such a cult favorite that when in 2017 the Post decided to discontinue it, the fine folks at Washington City Paper took it upon themselves to keep the tradition going.

(You can see the winners of 2018’s contest online, including an ode to this year’s Best Picture winner titled “The Shape of Sugar.”)

The March on Washington, rendered in Peeps. Joseph Victor Stefanchik/The Washington Post via Getty Images

But the Post wasn't even the first newspaper to hold a Peeps contest — that honor goes to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, whose staff writer Richard Chin dreamed up the competition in 2004. And the New Yorker argues that the tradition of sugar-based dioramas goes back much further, to the 17th century:

By the early Renaissance, inventive European court confectioners were crafting elaborate sculptures for special meals, often designed to echo or compliment the themes of the musical or theatrical entertainments that would accompany a banquet.

These could also be allegorical in nature, depicting religious scenes or commemorating military victories.

At the wedding of Maria de Medici to Henri IV, in Florence, in 1600, the groom was not in attendance, but he was represented by an impressive sugar sculpture depicting him on horseback.

In a less, uh, artful contest, in 2016 Maryland’s National Harbor hosted the first World Peeps Eating Championship. The winner, Matt Stonie of San Jose, took home $3,500 for consuming an impressive (or disturbing) 200 Peeps in five minutes.

Sugar and strife

Things have soured a bit for the sugary candy lately. In recent years, Peep-maker Just Born has been mired in a sticky legal battle with its union workforce over the company’s longtime pension plan. This fascinating Washington Post article goes into it in depth (and is worth reading in full if you’ve made it this far into an article about Peeps), but I’ll explain it briefly here.

Just Born has what’s called a multiemployer pension program, which allows employees enrolled in the program to move among participating companies and carry their benefits with them.

In 2016, citing rising labor costs, Just Born tried to bar all new employees from joining the pension plan, funneling them to the 401(k) program instead while sidestepping a $60 million fee required by federal law to make the move.

The union workers went on strike (adopting the utterly perfect chant “No justice, no Peeps!”); the strike came to a messy end four weeks later after several workers crossed the picket line and the rest eventually went back to work for fear of losing their jobs.

Then the tangled legal bit began. Per the Post:

The pension, which is administered by a group of labor officials and corporate executives from the 200 participating companies, has sued the company, alleging it improperly tried to stop enrolling new employees in the pension without paying the withdrawal fee. The company has sued the union, demanding “monetary damages” and alleging the strike was illegal.

The outcome of the case could have big ramifications for companies with multiemployer pension programs and the nearly 10 million American workers those programs cover. If Just Born manages to get that $60 million fee, other companies could follow in its footsteps, putting the benefits payouts for millions of American works in doubt.

Again, the Post article is worth reading in full — but rest assured that despite the company’s legal troubles, you don’t need to start stockpiling Peeps just yet.

Where do Peeps fall in the Easter candy hierarchy?

The website Ranker maintains a fluctuating list of the top Easter candies, which confusingly includes both “chocolate-covered marshmallow Peeps” and “bunny Peeps” as separate items. However, that list also considers the unholy monstrosities known as Jordan almonds and thus must be discounted entirely.

A Food & Wine ranking from 2014 put Peeps in the top spot above all other drugstore Easter candy, though at least one survey has Reese’s mini eggs at No. 1 and Peeps all the way down in fifth place.

But only one Easter candy has the distinction of featuring in the premiere of the controversial Roseanne revival, whose first episode sees main character (and noted Trump supporter) Roseanne Conner chowing down on some Peeps for breakfast. Which, regardless of your politics, seems a risky move from a nutritional and dental health perspective.

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Source: https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/4/11/15209084/peeps-easter

I Love My Job: The Peeps CEO on the Right Way to Eat the Marshmallow Candy

10 Ingenious Ways to Enjoy Marshmallow Peeps this Easter
I Love My Job

Real-life Willy Wonka, Ross Born, and his family have been making Peeps for 65 years. He settles the Peeps-eating debate just in time for Easter weekend.

Just Born board chairman Ross Shaffer (L) and Just Born CEO Ross Born (R) with the Peepsmobile.

Just Born Quality Confections is the Bethlehem company behind everyone’s favorite Easter accessory — Peeps. The company produces around 5.

5 million Peeps every day or about 2 billion every year, and the country’s obsession with the sweet marshmallow candy seems grow stronger with time.

This year, fans have launched Peeps-flavored beer, and that’s on top of ongoing Peepshows and diorama contests.

But what’s even more fascinating is how three generations of the Born and Shaffer families have managed to maintain the pristine image of all their iconic brands, including Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.

Ross Born, Just Born’s CEO, leads the company alongside his cousin David Shaffer, chairman of the Just Born board.

I spoke with Born this week and asked a number of questions , why are Peeps associated with Easter and where does the name even come from? But most of all, what’s the right way to eat a Peep? Born settles the debate once and for all.

I grew up in… the Lehigh Valley, in Allentown. Allentown had flourishing retail downtown and industry when I grew up there in the 60s.

There were tens of thousands of people working in the textile and steel industries in the region. But by 1971, when it was time for me to go to school state, things started to change.

Many of the people who worked at Bethlehem Steel, Ingersoll Rand and Mack Truck are now gone.

I started working with the family business when… I was 25. I was just law school, about two weeks. I had intended on practicing law.

I was very interested in tax and estate work, and I was planning on moving to Chicago with my wife, where she was from. But, our business was going to be sold, unless my cousin and I wanted to continue in it.

We decided to come in. I thought I’d give it three years, and here I am 40 years later.

My earliest memory of the business is… when my dad would come in on the weekends and sometimes take me in to see all the wonderful candy when I was a kid. We made our own chocolate here, so the place smelled of chocolate, and it was really beautiful chocolate.

And when I say we made chocolate, we didn’t just produce products that had chocolate. We actually brought in cocoa bean, roasted the bean and ground the bean.

We made our own chocolate liquor and cocoa butter. We blended the chocolate liqueurs to make the right kind of chocolate swerve. The application added the right amount of sugar. Everything was very artistic.

We put things together that tasted really great.

Ross Born. Courtesy photo.

I eat candy… on most days. But a little bit. Everything in moderation. We don’t advocate people eating large quantities of our product.

PEEPS is our most widely known candy brand because… aside from the fact we’ve been making them for a long time — we started with Peeps in 1953 — our product has what we have dubbed “peepsonality.

” That’s “personality” with a “peep,” and I mean that. When you look at our product and see how they’re produced and decorated, they have peepsonality. The marshmallow has a nice shape to it. The bunnies are flat, and the chicks are 3D.

And the eyes, so important.

And people admit that they play with our Peeps. If you think about it, people don’t really admit that they play with their food. I’m talking about adults here. They to talk about how they eat the peep, how they cure it.

Do they it firm? Do they it soft? Do they put it in the refrigerator or the freezer? Do they put it in the microwave? Do they eat the head before the tail? Do they decorate things with it? How they make these dioramas? There are these contests.

It is, to my wit, beyond my wildest imagination. If you told me forty years ago when I started in this business that this is what Peeps would become, I would’ve said, “Oh, I think you’re on something.”

Irv Shaffer, Jack Shaffer, and Sam Born circa 1950. Courtesy photo.

The name “Peeps” comes from… the company we acquired in 1953 that was producing marshmallow shapes in Lancaster — the Rodda Candy Company.

My father (Bob Born), grandfather (Sam Born) and grandfather’s two brothers-in-law (Irv and Jack Shaffer) bought the company because it was famous in the region for its jellybeans.

They were located in Milton Hershey’s first factory building, the American Caramel Company, where they were also making a chick-shaped product by hand. They called them Peeps. I don’t have any photographs of what they looked but we know the name came from them.

The more fascinating deal with Peeps as a brand, though, is that it wasn’t a brand back then. It was only a chick in three colors — yellow, pink, and white. It wasn’t until 1997 when we came up with a brand strategy to name all of our marshmallow shapes — the bunnies, trees, pumpkins — Peeps.

When our marketing guy came up with the idea, we said, “Peeps is our chick for Easter. You mean to tell me you want a Peeps pumpkin, a Peeps tree, a Peeps bunny? That doesn’t make sense at all!” But we went with it and 20 years later, everybody thinks they’ve known Peeps forever.

Branding is so important for everyone, certainly for our business.

Around Easter time, our business… is busy. But we’re busy all the time. We also produce Mike And Ikes and Hot Tamales. This is a big season for us. We’re going into spring/summer and also Back-to-School and Halloween.

We’re even gearing up for Peeps Christmas items. We’re actually running a little low on our inventory because we have a lot of demand for Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales right now, so that’s really exciting.

This is also an exciting time because everyday this week we have to wear Peeps colors to work.

The most extreme Peeps obsession I’ve seen… are these exhibits created in Carroll County, Maryland. The community there spends a better part of a year constructing the most unbelievable sculptures and scenes made Peeps.

Families work on them and they are truly incredible. We had, in our lobby, the Big Bird from Sesame Street. It stood about seven or eight feet tall.

We ended up donating it to our local, public television station, but I will tell you, last year, there were close to 200 hundred of these unbelievable sculptures.

The Peeps shapes are trademarked because… they’re part of our intellectual property, and we’ve spent a lot of time developing the market. We’re very vigilant. We don’t just have the trademark and sit back and say this is great. We have a lot of folks that copy or use the shapes. When we find out, we don’t don’t send them a cease and desist letter, though.

And I know how to write those. I’m a lawyer. But instead, we reach out to them. We tell them how much we appreciate the fact that they enjoy what we do. We frequently send them some candy. And many of these folks end up as customers because they weren’t previously aware that we make things t-shirts. And they end up just getting them from us instead of making their own.

The right way to eat a peep is… whatever way moves you. Eat them however you , as long as you enjoy them. People ask me what is my favorite candy and I say, “My favorite is your favorite.” If you it and we make it, that is fantastic.

Sam Born’s original candy store in Brooklyn, NY.

My grandfather, an immigrant from Russia, got into the chocolate and confections business because… he was a student in the former, former Soviet Union, in the old Russia. He was actually a rabbinical student. He left his home in the very early 1900s, as many Jews in that area were doing, and he made his way to Paris.

There were no jobs for rabbinical students, but he got a job in a candy store and that was the beginning of his interest in candy. He was a very smart young man, and he learned as a clerk in the candy store how to make candy, how to make chocolates — specifically, French chocolates.

When he came to this country, he had no money, but he did understand how to make candy so he set up a little candy operation in Brooklyn, New York.

My father and grandfather taught me that… relationships are everything. And we believe here at Just Born in building relationships and sustaining those proven relationships with all of our stakeholders.

Our manufacturing plants have changed over the years with… continued investments in our people. The training, and getting good people and having them be motivated and feel that they make a difference and that they’re appreciated. I wouldn’t say we’re perfect, but we really work hard at that.

We certainly are working hard on automation, too. We haven’t permanently laid off people here as a result of any automation. We just find other opportunities for the people that may have been working on a particular line or a particular system that is now more automated. The people that were doing manual work are now operating computers. If we don’t do that, we’re business.

The Goldenberg’s Peanut Chew factory is in Northeast Philly because… that company has been around for a long, long time. We bought it in 2003. The family had been running it for four generations since 1890.

Peanut Chew UPC code. Photo via Reddit.

The UPC code on the back of the Peanut Chew is the Philadelphia skyline because… we had a clever package designer on our staff who came up with that idea.

Peanut Chew remains a regional brand because… we had to learn the hard way what the brand really was. Two years after buying the company, we did a national launch of the peanut chew.

We created modern packaging that removed the family name and started selling it all over the country. But it didn’t work. We didn’t understand the power of the family name. That’s what people recognized and enjoyed.

They wanted the old-style packaging. So we went back to the company’s roots.

We’ve been doing a lot of work with Wawa, and they’ve been opening stores in Florida. We’ve been doing well down there with them outside of this region. And because of Wawa, we’re now also a sponsor of the Eagles.

We’ve chosen to remain a privately held corporation because… the Born and Shaffer families are very proud of the fact that we’ve been around for 95 years. We’re proud of what we’ve had here and created.

As two families that were blended for purposes of the business, we want to maintain our independence and focus on the things we believe are the right things for our business, rather than have somebody else decide for us.

A challenge our businesses is constantly up against is… I typically don’t use the word challenge. I use the word opportunity. We take challenges and convert them into opportunities.

There’s a lot of consolidation of producers of products. Recently, Nestle brands were purchased by Ferrero. Now about 50 to 60 brands have been acquired by what is now the No.

3 confectionary company in the world, Ferrero.

Hershey’s is acquiring confectionary brands and snack businesses. Mars as well.

The big are getting bigger, and it’s a concern because as you get larger you have more influence over retailers, the customers, the distributors. Then you have e-commerce putting a lot of pressure on traditional retailers.

There’s a lot of movement. Things are changing quickly. Our responsibility is to keep up, be ahead, and continue to anticipate the changes.

Courtesy photo.

We recently created an independent board of directors in order to… maintain the family business structure.

But you’re probably wondering, what does an outside board have to do with the family? At the moment, there are no family members looking to assume the leadership of our company in near term.

The third generation, that’s my cousin and I, as much as we love this business, think it’s only right and fair for the company to get new leadership over time. So we need to look at non-family members. The family has to rely on a board of directors that’ going to oversee the business.

And there’s a lot more accountability with an outside board. It’s very easy in a family business to just think, “well, it’s family.” But that’s not enough. One of the marks of our success is that the profits we make as a business go back into the business. Our families don’t use the business as a personal piggy bank.

David Shaffer and Ross born on the 60th Peeps Anniversary. Courtesy photo.

Leading this company with my cousin is… a great decision. My cousin and I are very close. We’re of the same generation and age. Different backgrounds. He has a background in finance. Our fathers told us, get along and you’ll be good. That’s exactly what we’ve done. We’ve never had words with one another, and next month it’ll be 40 years.

If I weren’t in this business I’d be… practicing law. I really enjoy the law. I keep my license up. I try to keep my hand in it.

A new product we have coming up… is something we’re launching exclusively at Wal-Mart. It’s a Mike and Ike mega mix. It’s ten flavors in a box, and it’s sour. Our food tech folks did a great job with it.

Photo via flickr.

The most innovative thing we’ve done recently is… what we’ve done with Peeps, with the ones that have flavors inside and a chocolate fudge base.

In my free time I to… make my family a priority. My wife and I have four grandchildren.

My day-to-day schedule typically involves… waking up at 4 a.m. and being very busy. I work out every morning to keep my energy up. I view the CEO as the heart and soul of our business. People look at me from both the inside and outside as the leader of the business.

We have many leaders here, and that’s great, but my name is on the door. And my cousin’s, he’s the chairman of the board. All eyes are on me. I have to be on all the time. My role is to be a relationship builder. I have to act in ways that keep with the values and philosophy of our family.

In 10 years I hope Just Born will… continue to grow and prosper, and continue to put more smiles on more people’s faces.

Source: https://www.phillymag.com/business/2018/03/30/peeps-easter-candy-just-born/

No Easter Bunny visits and community egg hunts? How to celebrate Easter with your kids during the coronavirus shutdown

10 Ingenious Ways to Enjoy Marshmallow Peeps this Easter

Easter is going to be very different this year.

People won't be going to their usual Holy Week church services, food blessings and Easter services.

They won't be gathering at restaurants for Easter brunches, or even at family members' houses for dinner.

And for kids, there won't be community Easter egg hunts or visits with the Easter Bunny.

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We don't have to bypass Easter though. Here's how to incorporate the Bunny and the egg hunts and make the holiday special for your kids, even if it is different.

Can't visit the Easter Bunny?

Sitting on his lap at the mall, seeing him while doing crafts at the Boerner Botanical Gardens or getting a photo of him along with baby farm animals at the Elegant Farmer. None of those are happening.

First of all, let's not panic. The Easter Bunny isn't Santa. The kids will be fine (arguably even better) if they can't sit on the Easter Bunny's lap this year. Do these Easter Bunny-related activities instead.

E.B. (left) and his dad, the Easter Bunny, come to terms in “Hop,” a blend of live action and animation. (Photo: Rhythm & Hues)

Play Easter Bunny dress-up: Bite the bullet and dress up as the Easter Bunny yourself.

Even better, spread out the embarrassment and have an Easter Bunny dress-up contest. Have everyone look through their clothes, dress-up stash and makeup to dress as the craziest-looking Easter Bunny possible. Share the photos on your own social media channels.

This is also a good way to interact with family members you can't share Easter with in person. Give everyone a time limit to get costumes together, then turn on the video chat so everyone can have an Easter Bunny fashion show.

Create Easter Bunny magic: If the Easter Bunny typically visits your house secretly and is gone without a trace on Easter morning when the egg hunt begins, help him out by adding some magic for your kids to discover.

Use powdered sugar, flour or baby powder to make bunny prints on the floor from your front door, or even on the sidewalk outside. Add some glitter to the footprints; he is magical after all.

Watch a movie that the Easter Bunny stars in. There actually are a couple of them.

  • “Hop”is perhaps the most popular from recent years, about E.B., the Easter Bunny's teenage son.
  • There's also “Rise of the Guardians,” which covers lots of favorite fantastical characters, including the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost.
  • Rudolph and Frosty are probably part of your Christmas repertoire, but there's a claymation Easter show too: “Here comes Peter Cottontail.”
  • Speaking of holiday TV specials, don't forget Charlie Brown. He's not technically the Easter Bunny, but Snoopy does a pretty good job in “It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.”

Can't go for a community egg hunt?

There's Egg Day at the zoo. There's Discovery World's annual Easter egg hunt. There are countless egg hunts in county and community parks and subdivisions and neighborhoods throughout southeast Wisconsin.

Kids will have to search for Easter eggs in their own yards and homes this year instead of parks and and kid-friendly venues. (Photo: noblige, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

That's not a thing this year. That's OK. Here are some egg hunt ideas that work with social distancing.

Host a virtual egg hunt: If you usually do your community egg hunt with friends or neighbors, include them virtually this year. Have a grownup from each household hide eggs in the backyard or around the house. Then have every family sign on to a video chat, and take everyone on a tour to see if they can spot the eggs.

Change up the regular hunt: If you don't want everyone to get dizzy from the video egg hunt tours, do it in treasure hunt form instead. Give clues to your friends, and have them guess the locations of the hidden eggs.

Take turns hiding the eggs: The kids probably do their own egg hunt on Easter morning already. Have they always claimed they would do a better job hiding the eggs than the Easter Bunny? This year, let them try. First, time them to see how long it takes them to find the eggs. Then let them hide them, and see how long it takes you.

Can't go to Grandma's house to get tons of candy?

Everyone knows that grandparents spoil their grandkids with candy, especially during the holidays. If social distancing requirements are keeping you from the traditional Easter get-togethers this year, definitely do what you can to keep in touch with the grandparents, whether that be video chats, virtual Easter dinner or even simple phone calls.

The PeepCock sculpture was the Peeples Choice Award Winner in the 2019 International Peeps art exhibition at the Racine Art Museum. It was created by Marja and Sydney Stehling. (Photo: Jon Bolton)

You're responsible for the candy fun this year though. Here are some creative ideas.

Make candy art: Got marshmallow Peeps on hand? Instead of just eating them, get creative with them. The Racine Art Museum usually has an art show dedicated to the medium each year. You can't go, but you can be inspired. Have everyone make an artwork Peeps.

Grill your candy: Or, take advantage of all that out-of-the-ordinary free time on Easter, and roast those marshmallow Peeps in your backyard fire pit, or on the grill. You could even make them into s'mores with graham crackers and melted chocolate eggs.

Work for your candy: Make a homemade papier mache pinata, fill it with chocolate eggs, jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps. Then take it out to the backyard and break it open!

Just eat lots of candy: At some grocery stores this year, it may actually be easier to find candy than meat. Make the best of that, and, just for one year, have a candy buffet instead of ham for Easter dinner. Hey, it's a holiday and it's a pandemic. I think we all deserve a candy meal this year.

Contact Amy Schwabe at (262) 875-9488 or amy.schwabe@jrn.com. Follow her on at @WisFamilyJS, Instagram at @wisfamilyjs or at WisconsinFamily.

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