And until I read this article about them in Salon.com, I had no idea that they were not available year-round. Although they make a Halloween version, most of their sales take place during the Easter season.
Made in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the peeps are produced by the Just Born company, which was founded in 1921 by Russian immigrant Sam Born. Peeps were introduced in 1953 and have become a staple of Easter baskets ever since.
Here are some other fascinating facts about peeps:
- The albino peep is the rarest, but also one of the most popular peeps.
- The company can produce 2 million peeps per day.
- Annual peep consumption is 600 million per year.
- Peeps were recently introduced to Canada – they’ve just begun their march to world domination.
- Peeps are the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
- Peeps have inspired a crazy following, not all of it rated “G”.
Even the Washington Post has gotten in on the mania. For the past few years they have sponsored a contest encouraging people to get creative and photograph tableaux involving peeps. You’ve got to see it to believe it.
I’ve already bought mine, but here are some sneak peaks at peeps to tide you over until you get yours.