We’re not really sure why Sunday is referred to as “Easter.” It’d be so much more accurate to refer to it as “The Day Everyone Eats Far Too Many
We kid. After all, that name probably applies to most days for many people. The colorful marshmallow sweets have been around for decades, and according to Just Born Inc., the private company that makes them, they're more popular than ever.
But the yellow chicks are still the best-selling Peeps, followed by the white ones, then the pink, the lavender, the blue, green and orange. Each chick has 28 calories but no fat.
Just Born was founded in 1923 by a Russian emigrant. The business is still family-owned and has roughly 600 employees.
But not much else is the same. Instead of taking 27 hours to make one Peep (as it did in 1953), the enormous Bethlehem factory can now hatch one in six minutes. More than 4.2 million Peeps roll out of the facility each day.
The candies aren’t just in grocery stores either. Just Born has three retail stores – near its Bethlehem headquarters and also in Maryland and the
The company won't divulge financial details, but according to spokeswoman Ellie Deardorff: "Business is terrific. We had to speed up Peeps production to accommodate the increased orders."
How does it maintain its longevity, especially among the younger set? Well,
The more than 60 Peeps-related contests – including ones where the marshmallows are manipulated into sprawling dioramas – keep interest alive.
And even in an increasingly health-conscious culture, Peeps (especially the sugar-free variety) seem to have their place.
"I can't say it's a health product – they're not exactly part of the vegetable pyramid," Deardorff said. "But in moderation, eating Peeps is no worse than any other treat."