Wednesday, March 28

Peeps show

Momma has loved Peeps since her grandfather brought her a box of traditional yellow Peeps and a 64-count box of Crayola Crayons as a child in the '60s.

Momma contacts Just Born every year beseeching them to make a vegetarian version since she won't eat items containing gelatin. In the meantime, she looks at the Peeps contest in the Washington Post every year.

So what are Momma's favorite Easter candies?


Peeps are produced by Just Born, a candy manufacturer founded in Bethlehem, Pa., by Russian immigrant Sam Born. Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company i
n 1953 and replaced the time-consuming process of hand-forming the chicks with mass production.

In 1953, it took 27 hours to create a Marshmallow Peep. Today it takes six minutes. The yellow chicks were the original but the company has since introduced other colors and shapes.

Jelly beans

Turkish Delight, a Middle Eastern candy made of soft jelly, covered in confectioner's powder, was an early precursor of the jelly bean. However, it is generally thought that jelly beans first surfaced in 1861 when Boston confectioner William Schrafft urged people to send his jelly beans to soldiers during the American Civil War.

It wasn't until July 5, 1905 that jelly beans was mentioned in the Chicago Daily News. The advertisement publicized bulk jelly beans sold by volume for nine cents per pound, according to The Century in Food: America's Fads and Favorites. Most historians think that jelly beans became associated with Easter in the 1930s.

Cadbury Creme Eggs

A Cadbury Creme Egg is an egg-shaped candy which consists of a thick milk chocolate shell, housing a white and yellow fondant filling which mimics the white and yolk of a real egg. While filled eggs were first manufactured by the Cadbury Brothers in 1923, the Creme Egg in its current form was not introduced until 1963. Initially sold as "Fry's Creme Eggs," they were rebranded as "Cadbury Creme Eggs" in 1971.

When Grandmomma was in London in 2003, she had her photo taken in front of a Cadbury Egg vending machine!

Chocolate bunny

Momma's not too picky about her milk chocolate bunny, but it must be solid not hollow.

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