VERB: peep, peeped, peep·ing, peeps
To utter short, soft, high-pitched sounds, like those of a baby bird; cheep.
To speak in a hesitant, thin, high-pitched voice.
A short, soft, high-pitched sound or utterance, like that of a baby bird.
A slight sound or utterance: I don't want to hear a peep out of you.
Peeps is also short for "people".
But, at Easter, "peeps" take on a whole new meaning ...Peeps are marshmallow candies, sold in the United States and Canada--usually around Easter, that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals.
Peeps are produced by Just Born, a candy manufacturer founded in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, by Russian immigrant Sam Born. The yellow chicks were the original form of the candy — hence their name — but then the company introduced other colors and, eventually, the myriad shapes in which they are now produced. Different shapes are used for various holidays. Peeps are used primarily to fill Easter baskets, though recent advertising campaigns market the candy as "Peeps - Always in Season", as Peeps has since expanded to include Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day. They are made from marshmallow, corn syrup, gelatin, and carnauba wax. (http://www.marshmallowpeeps.com/).
I've discovered that people are doing a lot of creative activities with peeps. An annual "Peep Off" competition to see who can eat the most in 30 minutes is held in Maryland on the first Saturday after Easter, when Peeps are greatly discounted. Several newspapers hold annual contests in which readers submit photos of dioramas featuring Peeps. Similar contests are put on by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Seattle Times. These contests frequently correspond with Easter.
After seeing examples of Peeps cakes on the Internet, I decided to get creative myself and make our "grands" a Peeps cake and Peeps cupcakes for part of their Easter present. I used one of my favorite butter cake and icing recipes, which I want to share with you today. I hope these recipes and photos inspire you to purchase some Peeps and create your own special dessert for Easter.
Here are the recipes ...
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
3/4 teaspoon Almond Flavoring (optional)
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk