WaPo “Peeps Show” gives Peeps a purpose

Easter has plenty of redeeming qualities—beautiful weather, a break that makes other schools envy our Jesuit heritage, and, of course, loads upon tooth-rotting loads of candy. But every year, there’s always one major damper on the sugary celebration, and that damper is animal-shaped, neon-colored, and tastes like a pile of squishy, grainy cardboard: Marshmallow Peeps.

But not everybody thinks that Peeps should be banned from our Easter Baskets. The Washington Post, for instance, seems to think that this oddly tasteless “treat” does  indeed have its place in this world, but that place is not in the mouths of disappointed children who really just wanted a Cadbury egg.

It’s as the central figures in timely, sometimes politically-conscious, and always creepily nightmarish Peep dioramas, which are given awful Peep portmanteau monikers and entered into WaPo‘s annual “Peep Show” contest.

This year’s winner, “Chilean CoPeepapo Mine Rescue” (like I said, terrible portmanteaus), depicts a surprisingly intricate, two-level design, and includes some pretty specific details of the rescue—like one marshmallow miner meeting his newborn Peep offspring for the first time.

But as poignant as that diorama is—about as poignant as a scene made out of hot pink googly-eyed bunnies can be—we have to give some love for the contest’s 27th-highest-ranking diorama, “Apple’s iPeep Release in Georgetown.” Because really, we’d all have been a lot happier about that ridiculous line down Wisconsin if it had been made of marshmallow.

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