How about that: The origin of Peeps revealed

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How About That: The Origin of Peeps

(EyeOpener) -- It's almost Easter and that means Peeps are poppin' up all over the place, but did you know that those little marshmallow bird-shaped lumps are over 60 years old?

Back in 1910, Sam Born immigrated to the U.S. from Russia. He'd been making candy for a while and actually invented some cutting edge confectionery technology, including a way to produce chocolate sprinkles, and a machine that inserted sticks into lollipops.

He got a store up and running in 1923 in Brooklyn, and marketed the freshness of his treats with a sign that said, "Just Born."

The name stuck and with continued success, the company moved to an empty printing factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

And here's where things start to get Peepy.

Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953, primarily for their jelly beans. During a tour of the Rodda factory, the family observed workers hand squeezing out melted marshmallows through pastry tubes making little chick shapes. The thing is, it took forever to cool the little birdies and the whole process from start to finish was 27 hours.

So the Born family continued their candy innovation and not only automated Peeps production, but found a way to cool the treats lightning fast.

By 1954, what took 27 hours was cut down to about six minutes per Peep.

Nowadays, Just Born makes about 5.5 million of these little guys each day in all kinds of shapes, colors, flavors, and sizes. How about that?

Here's some fun things to do with Peeps:

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How about that: The origin of Peeps revealed

RICE KRISPIE NESTS

Nestle a Peep on top of a Rice Krispie Treat (homemade or not). Cut the square into a circle to create a nest-like shape.

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TUXEDO PEEPS

Just like chocolate covered strawberries, you can dress up Peeps too!

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PEEP S'MORES

Peep are marshmallows, after all, so why not enjoy them as you would any other? Substituting ordinary marshmallows with Peeps will add some color to a tasty s'more.

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HOT CHOCOLATE

Peeps can make a colorful addition to your hot chocolate, and is a great trick for when you're out of ordinary marshmallows.

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PEEP SUSHI

If the kids aren't into seafood, this is the perfect way to get them to enjoy "sushi."

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PEEP MARTINI

Rather than adding a lemon wedge to your cocktail, you can add a Peep for a colorful, festive drink.

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PEEP FRUIT KEBABS

Liven up fruit with those extra Peeps! By placing fruit and Peeps on skewers, the kids are sure to enjoy some healthy fruit along with a fun treat.

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PEEP CAKE

Just like Funfetti, Peeps can be tossed into cake batter for a colorful and tasty cake. Just add chopped up Peeps into your cake mix before baking.

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WINE CORK

For the sweetest makeshift wine cork, stuff a Peep into the top of an opened wine bottle. This odd but effective trick is helpful if you've misplaced your wine cork.

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PEEP WREATH

It may not seem seasonal, but displaying colorful Peeps for your neighbors to see will brighten everyone's day!

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CHOCOLATE DIPPED PEEPS

Most things are better dipped in chocolate, and Peeps are no exception. Melt some chocolate, stick a Peep on a stick and you'll have a cute dessert.

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PEEP CUPCAKES

Peeps can replace sprinkles in the most delightful way. The colorful marshmallow sits perfectly on top of a frosted cupcake.

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PEEPSICLES

Peeps are just as tasty frozen too. You can keep them in the freezer for a week and enjoy them after Easter.

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PEEP PUDDING CUPS

A colorful Peep will look and tasty lovely atop a cup of delicious pudding. If you use the rabbit Peeps, they will look like they've popped up to say hello!

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PEEP TRUFFLES

Make those truffles pop with the addition of a little Peep.

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