Thursday, March 3, 2016

Just Born - Cherry Flavored Marshmallow Peeps - Mar. 3, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Just Born Candy Company
(Just Born, Inc.)
Peeps - Cherry
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42 g.) in total package
Calories: 160 calories for 3 Cherry Peeps
Cost: $0.50 for 1 package (sale)
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #3 of Chocolate, Cherry and Raspberry Week.

It was pre-Easter candy season, and the cherry trees were in blossom outside. My thoughts turned to chocolate bunnies, eggs, and...marshmallow Peeps.

The Just Born Candy Company (Bethlehem, PA), a family owned business, has been cranking out iconic Easter marshmallow confections for many years. The company was founded in 1923.

Just Born has diversified far beyond the original yellow chick-shaped Peep to bunnies, and other animals and items. They were available in an array of bright colors and flavors, and the line-up included some with chocolate.

I picked up today's Cherry Peeps in a bargain bin at a local grocery store some time ago; and I recently re-discovered them in my chocolate vault.

They're likely a few years old, but they have a long shelf life, and didn't seem stale at all. I don't really want to know how they keep so forever-young, but they seemed fresh and fluffy, and the chocolate base was good.

And though I shall be shunned by my dark chocolate brethren, here's to you Peeps! If you grew up in the U.S. decades ago, hunting for Easter eggs in day-glo colored baskets with lined with green plastic "grass" and filled with colorful plastic eggs, and foil-wrapped candy, you may still have fond residual memories of Peeps, even if you now prefer more "natural" treats.

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