Peeps candy and other snack food addictions

America's snack food addiction
America's snack food addiction

The Peeps are here! The Peeps are here! Love 'em or hate 'em, those neon, sugar-coated marshmallow candy chicks that are synonymous with springtime landed in Easter baskets and showed up at holiday celebrations this weekend. And many peep-lovers blew both their financial and caloric budgets all in the name of a good "Peep fix."

Wanting to get to the bottom of this cult-like food craze, WalletPop decided to find out just why people will go out of their way to buy a box or two of marshmallow Peeps and discover exactly how much we're willing to spend on those cavity-inducing chickies.