They're as closely associated with Easter as the Easter Bunny himself, but there's a lot you may not know about the tiny marshmallow-molded, sugar-coated creatures called Peeps. Here's a quick rundown of eight things you probably don't know about Peeps.
Millions a day
In 1953, it took 27 hours to create one Peeps marshmallow chick. Today, thanks to advances in technology, it takes six minutes. Just Born, the company that makes Peeps, produces enough of the marshmallow critters in one year to circle the Earth twice. The business makes 4.2 million Peeps a day in its Bethlehem, Pa., factory.
A retro revamp
In the late 1950s, Peeps' wings were "clipped" to give them a sleek, modern look.
Low in calories
Each Peeps chick has 28 calories and bunnies have 27.5 calories. Both have 0 grams of fat.
Peeps have become gourmet favorites used in fondues, crème brûlée and as cappuccino toppings.
Peeps have made celebrity appearances on many programs, including "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," "CBS Sunday Morning," "The Early Show," "Martha Stewart," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "South Park," "Jeopardy" and "The Daily Show." The company also promotes Peeps with its three Peepster cars which travel around the country and appear at special events.
Celebrity Peep lovers
Some celebrity Peeps fans include Justin Bieber, Miranda Cosgrove, Joe Jonas, and Dylan Lauren.
There are currently 60 different active national Peeps contests listed on the Peeps website.
Not just Peeps
Just Born also invented "jimmies," also known as ice cream sprinkles. The topping got its name from the employee who created them, Just Born said. [How Peeps Evolved From an Easter Candy to a Cult Classic]