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The Peep Debate. Stale or Fresh

Updated on April 9, 2011


Went to the store today to pick up some Easter-themed M&Ms and the selection of Peeps caught my eye. Personally I am not a fan of these colorful, sticky, gooey and sugary treats, but some of my relatives are nuts about them.


Peeps are one of the most popular Easter candies out there. They are available in an array of Spring-like colors. You can go with the traditional yellow or delight in their other offerings of white, pink, violet and blue. The yellow baby chick design is the original. Now you can get bunnies and egg-shaped peeps to fill your Easter baskets.


There seems to be a debate in my family as to what is the best way to eat a Peep. Some feel that the soft marshmallow candy with a crust should be consumed right out of the package in its purest, fresh form. While other is the family think that the staler the Peep, the better. The people in that camp delight in the hard and chewy consistency that develops over the two to three week period that it takes to properly stale a peep.


I have sat and listened to both sides of the great Peep debate; stale or fresh which is the better choice. The funny part of this is both sides think they are right. There are boxes of Peeps in my home in various stages of the staling process. With Easter two weeks away, additional boxes will need to be purchased and opened to achieve the correct level of staleness for our holiday guests. Of course there will be a selection available for those that prefer the fresh variety of Peeps. Seeing I am not a peep connoisseur, I remain neutral; fresh or stale it does not matter to me. They are cute, colorful creatures that are part of my Easter celebration. They are more like decorations than a candy to me.


I prefer a milk chocolate solid Easter bunny as the centerpiece of my basket. It should be surrounded by chocolate covered pretzels and jelly beans. I leave the Peeps to the people who love them best. Stale or fresh, it is their debate not mine. If you want to debate which is better milk chocolate or dark chocolate or whether an Easter bunny should be hollow or solid, then I'm your girl! Happy Easter to all who celebrate and enjoy your Peeps!


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    • MAlvesSchemetow profile image

      MAlvesSchemetow 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks Mystery Planet. Enjoy your Peeps.

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      MysteryPlanet 6 years ago

      I like my peeps, and marshmallows in general, to be a little on the stale side. well, I dont call it stale but others do.