Peeps Took 27 Hours To Make

Peeps Took 27 Hours To Make, Peeps dioramas. Peeps fondue. Peeps holding toothpicks and jousting to the death in a microwave. They're not just chicks in your Easter basket.

We interrupt this section of the newspaper's focus on healthy living for a taste of the cult-like obsession with the little sugar-covered marshmallow treats. Peeps, love them or hate them, will not be ignored. Fresh or stale? Chicks or bunnies? Yellow or white? The debate rages on.

While there are now Peeps for Christmas, Valentine's Day and Halloween, the little marshmallow favorites are forever associated with this time of year, peeping from under the grass in Easter baskets.

Here are some fun facts to wow family and friends as they bite the heads off the marshmallow chicks and bunnies for breakfast:

* Enough Peeps are made every year to circle the earth.

* Stack 8,000 on top of each other, and the resulting Peeps Tower would be as tall as Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) in Chicago.

* In 1953, it took 27 hours to make one Peep. Now it takes only six minutes.

* In the late '50s, the Peeps' wings were "clipped" to give them a sleeker look.

* A remodeled VW Bug, called the Peepster, travels the country sharing the joy and sugar rush of Peeps.

* Yellow is the best-selling color in both chicks and bunnies.

* Peeps come in seven colors: Yellow and white were the first two made, followed by pink, lavender, blue, green and orange.

* The eyes are made of carnauba wax.

* Peeps are not just a treat by themselves; they are an ingredient for Peeps versions of classics like s'mores and lemon meringue pie.

* For those who must know, here is the nutritional information: Five chicks is one serving, containing 140 calories, no fat, 36 grams carbohydrates, 34 grams sugar, 15 milligrams sodium and 1 gram protein. For the bunnies, four are one serving, containing 110 calories, no fat, 28 grams carbohydrates, 26 grams sugar, 10 milligrams sodium and 1 gram protein.