By Jeff Deminski

I just read that the Marshmallow Peep turns 60 years old this year. That's means Peeps are older than Bill and I. Which means Bill Doyle, whose disgust for Peeps rivals that of his disgust for celery, has had Peeps as a lifelong nemesis.

To that end, I've modified the following Peep Fun Facts as a gift to Doyle.

  • In 1953, it took 27 hours to create one Marshmallow Peep. Today, it takes six minutes. That means once Doyle has done his 8 Minutes Abs, there will already be a Peep waiting for him.
  • 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. And the eyes have been retrofitted to follow Doyle wherever he goes.
  • Americans will eat more than 600 million Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies this Easter. Doyle will eat 17, but lie and say he ate none.
  • Popular ways to eat Peeps: stale, microwaved, frozen, roasted, or served as toppings on a pizza. Or placed on top of celery, then in front of Doyle.
  • Yellow Peeps are the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue, then white. Secretly, Doyle has made a wall mural out of these colorful creatures.
  • During Easter, Peeps outsell jelly beans. Doyle once got in a bar fight denying this fact.