Preparing the Peeps

Like other holidays with historical religious meaning, Easter has been significantly skewed by both custom and commercialization.  Over time, the risen savior has been superseded by bunnies and eggs (reportedly symbols of fertility).

Preparing the PeepsNotwithstanding, Easter egg hunts and chocolate candies of all variations are delightful traditions — as long as the true focus of Easter is retained.

One such staple of Easter tradition in our household is peeps — those mouth-watering creations of colored marshmallow and sugar.  There is often debate as to the optimum timing in the consumption of these delectable treats: fresh or aged.  I prefer my peeps to be aged in order to maximize my noshing enjoyment.

As most peep connoisseurs know, there are two methods of aging peeps.  The preferred, yet painfully slow method is to leave them packaged in a dark place.  Using this approach, aging takes between 6 to 12 months.  The other technique is to remove them from their package so that they may “air age.”  Though this takes only days, great caution must be exercised to protect them from environmental elements.

Either way, care must be taken to keep them from becoming stale.  There is, after all, a fine line between properly aged peeps and stale peeps.

Seeking instant gratification, some of our peeps were consumed “fresh” while others are being air aged; I seriously doubt if any will make it beyond a few days.

Regardless of your holiday focus or traditions, I hope that you had a wonderful Easter!

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