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Peeps Contest a Right of Spring

Chilean miners peeps diorama

Photo courtesy Washington Post

For the past five years, the Washington Post has organized a “Peep Show” in which people create dioramas depicting different scenes using marshmallow Peeps as the inspiration.

Although the Post‘s contest is not unique, it is my favorite because the entries blend politics, global events, cultural touchstones, news, society, and silliness. It’s a mirror of the city.

This year the big winner was a scene depicting the Peeps version of the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners. It’s an amazing piece of Peep art and I dare anyone to look at the photos of each of the entries without cracking a smile. You just can’t.

It’s amazing how something so childish (in a good way) can bring out so much creativity, imagination, and insight.

It might seem ridiculous but these Peeps creations reflect back at us the world in which we live – the art we appreciate, the daily hassles of modern life, the movies we watch, our scandals, and our celebrations.

So how would you sum up your year through the eyes of a Peep? You’ve got a little less than one year to create your own entry into next year’s contest.

For more Peeps fun, check out the official Peeps website. They have great recipes you can try that feature – of course – Peeps.

And you can read up on Peeps history via KidCulture’s article, Without a Peep.

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Without a Peep

Peeps are one of those foods I would rather see – and use to decorate – than actually eat. They’re just colored, molded marshmallows, but there’s something so festive about them.

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.

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