Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Ways I Am Not A Grown-Up, The Seventeenth In A Potentially Infinite Series


Peeps!

Need I say more?

On the off chance that I do need to say more, let me allow the ever-eloquent Elayne Boosler to speak on my behalf in this video recorded back in the olden days when Peeps were only available at Easter time and only in pink & yellow. Though Ms. Boosler and I part ways on the "properly aged" vs. fresh-from-the-package Peeps question, we share the same conflicted passion for Peeps.






Regarding the year-round availability of Peeps: though I do dearly love Peeps and have been known to eat myself into a Peeps-induced coma from time to time, I mostly do not consume the off-season versions (except for a slip now and then, which I generally regret--see: Christmas tree peeps incident). Apparently, Peeps Fever and Spring Fever coincide for reasons no doubt related to interplanetary alignments and hormonal fluctuations.

One last Peeps-related note: while positioning the Peeps for today's photo shoot, I noticed something I'd never noticed before--the "best by" date on the end of the Peeps boxes. I'm not sure whether I was more heartened or disturbed to discover that every box of Peeps I purchased had a "best by" date at least a year away and one of them was "best by" December 2014

Finally, I came to the conclusion* that it didn't really matter what I thought about the ridiculously long shelf life of Peeps, since none of them will be on my shelf 'til the end of this week, let alone the end of next year. 

*Said conclusion may or may not have been reached under the influence of 3/4 of a package of blue Peeps bunnies. Heh.

15 comments:

  1. Chocolate covered Peeps! Yes, I love Peeps, too. And, yes, at times I've eaten enough to make me want to puke.

    Peep sisters!!

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    1. Ah, yes, Judy, we Peep sisters must stick together to protect the Peeps from their many detractors! :)

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  2. 1-I love Elaine Boosler!
    2-"Any holiday based on candy is my holiday!"
    3-I don't like Peeps. Does that force me out of the club? I've seen people use them to make s'mores and I think that's brilliant! I'm just not a big marshmallow fan, unless you combine them with chocolate and graham crackers.

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    1. Of course you're not out of the club, Jewels! Loving Boosler is almost like loving Peeps--especially when she's wearing that dress with all those crazy Peeps-like colors. I saw this special when it was brand-new back in the olden times and parts of it have always stuck with me. Not just the Peeps but the thing about the "Live Nude Girls!" sign where she says something like: "What's the alternative? Dead Nude Girls?"

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    2. PS--The contradictory part of my Peeps love is that I really can't stand marshmallows either with the exception of maybe a toasted one once a year around a campfire. Because that's like legally mandated, I think.

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  3. "The day after Easter...ten cents a box." I laughed so hard at that line. Any holiday based on candy, can't be all bad! Thanks for the laughs, MM.

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    1. You're welcome, Mark. Elayne's always been one of my favorites and not just because we share Peeps love.

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  4. I absolutely love the fact that you have a Christmas Tree Peeps Incident.

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    1. Thanks, Jane. That's just how exciting my life is... :)

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  5. Little Sister3/11/13, 12:58 AM

    As we have never agreed about which once-Easter-time-only candy is better, black jelly beans or Peeps, I must admit you won't find any Peeps at my house. As a result of this post you will however find one hysterical paint-neglecting artist with blackened teeth and a bag of black jelly beans sitting in front of youtube watching Elaine Boosler and Paula Poundstone trying to determine the risks involved in clicking on the video link to yet another remember-the-eighties comedienne.

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    1. Oh, I loved Poundstone, too, but I really loved Boosler to the point of having several quotes from her specials saved in my quote notebooks alongside insightful commentary on human nature from the literary world's best and brightest.

      And black jelly beans are a once every seven or eight years thing for me--I normally don't even think of their existence and then I can be swept away by a powerful craving for them.

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  6. PEEPS!!! I just had to write something for a certain publication where the question was "What do you look forward to most about the Spring?" Hint: my answer starts with a "P" and ends in "eeps." We are one.

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  7. The sad truth is that here in Oz . . . they are no Peeps! So, no, I've never had one. I do like Elaine though and her attitude to holidays that embrace candy. . .
    Though we don't call it candy here either; we eat it all the same though.
    Except Peeps.
    I establish that, didn't I?

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    1. Ever since you posted this comment, I've been working out how to send you some Peeps. I even bought a whole bunch of extra ones, but then I started thinking Peeps can't be sent in warmer temperatures because they would surely melt and given the seasonal reversal between here and there, it's always too hot either here or there so...I just had to eat all your Peeps. Sorry.

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