They may be sold all year round, but this candy catches your eye the most at Easter time. Yes, we’re talking about Marshmallow Peeps.

They’re marshmallow. They’re bright. They come in various shapes and sizes. Is that all you know about Peeps? Well, there’s much more to find out—check out these fun facts about your favorite bunny and chick-shaped sugary confections!

  • Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 11.55.33 AMJust Born Quality Confections is the maker of all authentic Peeps. Founded in the early 1900s and still located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the factory makes more than 1 billion Peeps a year.
  • The first Peeps were squeezed one at a time out of a pastry tube and the eyes were painted on by hand. Now, machines create 3,500 Peeps’ eyes per minute!
  • In 1952, it took 27 hours to create one Peep Marshmallow Chick. Today, thanks to advances in technology, it takes six minutes.
  • In the late 1950’s, Peeps wings were “clipped” to give them a sleek, modern look.
  • Americans will eat more than 600 million Marshmallow Peeps chicks and bunnies this Easter.
  • Yellow is America’s best selling color of Peeps chicks and bunnies.
  • During Easter, Peeps outsell jellybeans.
  • Each Peep packs 32 calories and 0 grams of fat.
  • Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 12.03.47 PMForget about fresh. Many Peeps fans prefer to eat theirs stale, frozen, roasted or microwaved.
  • If you had 8,000 Peeps bunnies and you stood them in a vertical line, you could reach the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago.
  • The annual Peep Off takes place in Sacramento, California—it’s a 30-minute Peep eating contest (don’t worry, you get a five minute rest period), with the record at 102 by Dennis Gross in 2003.

Not Peep’d out yet? Pick some up, along with your other Easter treats, at your local Sparkle Market!

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