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Tell the truth about Easter peeps.

The pink ones taste metallic and bitter.

How many of you can or cannot tell the difference?

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  1. Hmmm I don't agree at all. I've eaten more than my share of Peeps and I wouldn't describe any of them as metallic or bitter. Waxy and sickeningly sweet, yes, but that's their appeal.

    1. I detect no difference in the taste based on color.

      I do, however, think that 1 package = 1 serving. And I avoid the blue ones only because they turn my lips a funny color after eating said serving.

      Gosh I love Peeps.

      1. Peeps are one of two disgusting Easter foods, the other being Cadbury eggs. But they do have one redeeming value (Peeps, not Cadbury eggs, which have zero redeeming value), leftovers can be used to make S'Mores. :)

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        1. re: DuffyH

          That's a cool idea! Neon s'mores...I'm in.

        2. I agree that the pink ones are bitter. But red M&Ms also taste bitter to me. I figure that there's something in red dye that's bitter. My personal faves are the chocolate Peeps--not the ones dunked in chocolate, the ones with a bit of cocoa mixed into the marshmallow. I slit the cellophane and let the package sit on the counter for a few days...now them's good eatin!

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          1. re: Erika L

            yes, red food coloring has a really funky flavor -- it's the reason I refuse to eat red velvet cake and red frosting.

            1. re: Erika L

              +1 on letting them get just a little chewy!! I had one pkg shipped over from home, and it's resting in it's non-intact packaging, just waiting to be enjoyed. It's nice to know I am not alone.

              1. re: Erika L

                Peeps are best when stale! We have Easter at my aunt's every year. She buys the peeps about a month in advance to get stale.

                1. re: dmjordan

                  Y'all are some sick puppies. But I don't judge! :)

              2. My confession: I've never had a peep.

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                1. re: The Oracle

                  And I'd never heard of peeps until this thread

                  1. re: Harters

                    they're Easter candy -- marshmallow formed into bunnies and chickens, then rolled in caster sugar that's been dyed eye-popping colors.

                    Like a Cadbury egg, they're a guilty pleasure.

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      I cannot abide Cadbury's Creme Eggs - the inner goo just turns my stomach. Herself loves them and I insist she eats them in private. That said, we agree that Cadbury's mini-eggs are one of life's superfoods that can do you no harm however many you eat.

                      1. re: Harters

                        I eat ONE Cadbury Creme Egg every year -- I don't know why, but I crave the dumb thing....and when I've eaten my one egg, I'm done until next year. (they're only sold in the run-up to Easter in the US)

                        1. re: sunshine842

                          Yep. It's takes about a year to think "that wasn't so bad. The chocolate and creme filling were a delightful combination"...and about 10 seconds to realize you were wrong.

                            1. re: Hobbert

                              Nope, I thoroughly enjoy that one egg. I have no regrets whatsoever.

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                I do love the commercials, but didn't see any this year. That bunny cracks me up.

                    2. It would be like trying to tell the difference between a sabayon and a zabaglione. ;-)

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                      1. re: grampart

                        Once you've had that $5 bottle of wine you can't tell the difference between anything. ;')

                        1. re: Chatsworth

                          Maybe then I'd be able to eat a Peep! :)

                      2. I do not discriminate against any peep regardless of color. Dark chocolate covered peeps are my favorite.
                        I am still undecided about toasted peeps. I'll try a few for lunch on Easter Sunday. They do not make good smores.

                        1. Omg, I hate those things. If one food were to survive nuclear holocaust unharmed, it would be Peeps. They are sooo nasty ( Cadbury eggs too, yuck).

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                            1. re: MsMaryMc

                              Perfect! I can just see Yoko biting the head off one!

                          1. I love all peeps. Especially the chicks. And I prefer mine frozen. They have the same chewiness of stale, without actually being stale.

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                            1. re: ohmyyum

                              Do you eat the chicks head first? I do that with gummy bears, following the Randy Newman method. :)

                            2. I cannot tell the differecen.

                              1. It is a biologic difference. There are many, perhaps a majority who have a Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism
                                Bitter-Tasting Ability; and those who don't.

                                1. stale easter peeps are the best! but not sure about the christmas, valentines and halloween versions. just doesn't seem right somehow.
                                  interesting story on peeps


                                  1. We use Peeps as our Easter invitations. We let them go stale on the counter (open and let sit out for 4 days) flatten with a roller, then use a food writing pen to provide date/time/message, stick in an envelope and mail it!

                                    Works great!

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                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      ICE may think that's a terrorist act.

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        oh that's hilarious!

                                        My husband got home from the States today and brought me two packages of Peeps for Easter.


                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                          and brought me two packages of Peeps for Easter.

                                          what a good man!

                                          1. re: HillJ

                                            My husband buys them and punches holes in the cellophane and puts them away for me until they're nicely aged.

                                            Yes, I got a good one, too.

                                      2. Truth: I have roasted them like regular marshmallows. The sugar gets super-hot, yo. I don't recommend it.

                                        Truth: I wish they sold them without the sugar coating. I know it makes them all sparkly and stuff, but there is nothing wrong with a plain (colored) marshmallow.

                                        Truth: I want to find the chocolate ones. I hope they are not sugar coated. I think they will be. :o(

                                        1. Eating any peep other than yellow is sacrilege:(

                                          1. They all taste like chemicals!

                                            As a joke one year I hid a pink rabbit in a co-workers gym bag. It kept finding its way around to other people who then started taking it on vacations and taking pictures of it at tourist sites. It had lost all of it's pink sugar so it was naked white but it travelled around the world no problem. After seeing that, I will not ever be eating another one.

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                                            1. re: TSAW

                                              I hope someone had the foresight to pose it atop a fruitcake. :)