In case you think Easter is the only holiday being celebrated today, ask yourself whether Easter has its own website? I think not.
Marsmallow Peeps has a website. Yes. Those strange little confections
with the gooey center and the odd crusty exterior that seems to
have been rolled in pastel sand have a place where you can see
what they've been doing lately.
Easter have a registered trademark? Ha!! Marshmallow Peeps does. In a
day and age when a URL address means that you have a measure of
importance somehow, somewhere, the Peeps have made their mark in
cyberspace. Easter not so much.
Marshmallow Peeps recipes, a fan club, and clear indications from the number of
cute buttons to click that you can enjoy Peeps on Valentine's Day, Halloween and
Christmas too, as well as that other holiday celebrated at the same
time, Easter. Who knew? I'm surprised that St. Patrick's Day, Fourth of
July, and Sweetest Day haven't been included.
A visit to the website revealed a whole world of Peeps you may not know
exists. Peeps e-cards, Peeps icons, Peeps recipes. My personal favorite is
Peeps fondue. Just the thought of dipping those triple sugary
confections in chocolate should please any pancreas wasting away on salads and lean meats.
There is also a Peeps fan club. I joined. Yes, really. I may be their
oldest member. I also signed up to get email alerts about any new Peeps
recipes. Peeps and potatoes. Creamed Peeps and onions. There is a special area called Sneak
Peeps. But they didn't have anything sneaky to peep at and suggested
coming back another time.
You're probably familiar with all the Peeps pastel colors usually found
peeping out of the grass in an Easter basket. Yellow, pink, blue,
green, and purple come to mind.
At the website you'll notice that visitors are encouraged to
suggest other colors which might strike their fancy. I lean
towards burnt sienna, avocado green, and harvest gold which I noticed
hadn't been suggested yet. Gun metal gray is nice, too Might as well
jump in with both feet.
But hereI am going on and on about Marshmallow Peeps when you could be
hunting them down yourselves, crawling around on all fours looking for
all the secret places where they've been hidden. Remember how much fun
it can be to find one, maybe two if you're lucky, several months from
now, hardened to petrified perfection?
And today, when the lamb or ham is served at your holiday table,
assuming Marshmallow Peeps Day is a holiday that you celebrate,
remember that Easter wouldn't be Easter without them.