Peeps are good to eat on Easter . . . at least, they are if there aren't any chocolate eggs around. And that's the thing these days. There are ALWAYS chocolate eggs around.
According to a new survey, Peeps have PLUMMETED in popularity over the past few years in the face of better Easter candy options. Which is fine, because I will take all the Peeps. They just have to be left out in the open for a week to get stale. Fresh Peeps are an abomination.
When it comes to the candy we're looking forward to this year, 54% of us say Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Eggs . . . 48% chocolate bunnies . . . 48% jelly beans . . . 45% Hershey's chocolate eggs . . . and 34% Peeps.
Usually, Peeps is right up around 45%, so that's a major drop.
Peeps tried to spin it by saying, quote, "Peeps continues to be the number one non-chocolate brand at Easter." And that's not even true, since people preferred jelly beans.
If you haven't ever tried to microwave Peeps, here's what happens. (Also, I'm not sure if I'm sharing this because I love science experiments or because I love this guy's accent.)
Also, since Easter is on Sunday, here are a couple stats for you about Easter baskets . . .
1. Nearly 90% of Easter baskets will contain candy or chocolate.
2. 52% of us prefer our chocolate eggs to be filled with cream or caramel . . . 32% like their chocolate eggs to be solid . . . and 16% like it hollow.
3. 81% of parents admit to STEALING candy from their kids' Easter baskets.
The survey also found that 91% of parents plan to talk to their kids about balance when it comes to eating Easter candy. So here are three tips to help you with that . . .
1. Buy small. Meaning the candy AND the Easter basket itself. If the basket is small, it won't take as much candy to fill . . . and fun-size candy can make a HUGE difference in how much sugar your kid eats at one time.
2. Fill it with stuff other than candy. Like stickers, pencils, Legos, crayons, and other art supplies.
3. Set some expectations. According to a dietician, one easy way to limit your kid's candy intake is to include a note from the Easter Bunny, telling them how much they can eat each day. That way YOU don't come out looking like the bad guy.