In honor of Easter being just around the corner...the next couple of posts will be dedicated to just that! I will be the first to admit, Easter is not my favorite holiday, nor is spring my favorite season (um, that honor goes to Fall). But I do love the goodies that go along with this holiday: peeps and jelly beans! So I did a little research on these two sweets and I thought I would share them with you!
Jellybeans are likely descended from the Middle Eastern confection known as Turkish Delight, a jelly-like confection coated with confectioners sugar. The method making the sugar shell coating was developed in 17th century France, and is known as 'panning'.
The first advertisement for jelly beans was supposedly published in the Chicago Daily News on July 5, 1905.
Jelly beans became associated with Easter in the U.S. during the 1930's.
On October 15, 1999, the world’s largest jar of jelly beans was unveiled. It weighed 6,050 pounds
April 22nd is National Jelly Bean Day
Each year, U.S. manufacturers produce more than 16 billion jelly beans for Easter -- that's enough to completely fill a plastic Easter egg 89 feet high and 60 feet wide (about the height of a nine-story office building)
Just on a personal note, my favorite are the red, black and pink jelly beans(the spiced ones, of course). What's your favorite??
Mr Moose's family hails from Bethlehem, PA. Why is that so important...well the manufactures of the famous marshmallow peeps are located there! Just Born also manufactures Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales and Peanut Chews. On an interesting side note, Just Born was also the inventor of those famous chocolate "jimmies"! The were named after the employee that created them! (all peep/just born information was obtained from here)Now back to the topics at hand....
Americans buy more than 700 million MARSHMALLOW PEEPS during the Easter holiday, which makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy!
In 1953, it took 27 hours to create one PEEPS® Marshmallow Chick. Today, thanks to advances in technology, it takes six minutes.
Just Born produces enough PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies in one year to circle the earth twice.
In the late 1950's PEEPS® wings were "clipped" to give them a sleek, modern look.
Yellow is America's best selling color of PEEPS® chicks and bunnies.
Yellow and white PEEPS® chicks and bunnies came first, followed by pink, lavender, blue, green and orange (making their debut for Easter 2009).
PEEPS® branded products have made celebrity appearances with the likes of Diane Sawyer, Emeril Lagasse, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno and Reba McEntire.
If you had 8,000 PEEPS® bunnies, and you stood them in a straight vertical line, you could reach the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago.
Each PEEPS® chick has 28 calories and 0 grams of fat.
PEEPS® have become gourmet favorites as fondues, crème brule ingredients and cappuccino toppings!
Be sure to check out THIS homemade marshmallow peep recipe....I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to give it a try...but alas, I have no time...If anyone tackles this...I need to know about it! PLEASE!