You're not going to like every Peeps flavor. We're here to save you some calories as you pick your Easter treats.

You're not going to like every Peeps flavor. We're here to save you some calories as you pick your Easter treats.

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Peeps are polarizing. Tell anyone you've got a sleeve of sugar-coated Peeps in your Easter basket and they'll either beg for a bunny-sized bite or run in the other direction.

Editor Sara Burgos (second from right) winces as others 'ooh' and 'eww' at the taste of 18 flavors of Peeps.

Editor Sara Burgos (second from right) winces as others 'ooh' and 'eww' at the taste of 18 flavors of Peeps.

Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

Love them or hate them, though, these marshmallow treats are nearly as necessary as pastels on Easter. And Peeps are so much more than bland puffs of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin. They come in cotton candy flavor and sour watermelon, cased in chocolate and dipped in raspberry goo. At the grocery store, there are entire sections devoted to these colorful chicks.

So a team of nearly a dozen tasters from The Dallas Morning News -- none classically trained at culinary school, we should add -- gorged on 18 flavors of Peeps in 2016.

Editor's note: Though this story was written in 2016, some of these flavors can still be found at grocery stores in 2017.

Six of the tasters claimed to enjoy Peeps, including one 40-year-old adult who "loves Peeps forever" and regularly purchases them for her childless household.

Yet even that superfan found impeepsters among the 18 flavors. First, the bad news:

But here's some good: Even our Peeps haters found sugary chickadees that were, at their worst, tolerable; at their best, Peeps-atively delicious.

Before you go stocking your Easter basket, here's a peek at the best and worst Peeps on the market:

1. THE WINNER: Milk chocolate dipped marshmallow chicks

The favorite Peeps isn't even a real Peep: It was the only one coated in chocolate. You might call this cheating. Blame the chocolate. Or just go buy some and thank us later.

The favorite Peeps isn't even a real Peep: It was the only one coated in chocolate. You might call this cheating. Blame the chocolate. Or just go buy some and thank us later.

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2. Blue raspberry

'Effervescent' was a word used to describe these. They were sour and sweet, a punch of flavor.

'Effervescent' was a word used to describe these. They were sour and sweet, a punch of flavor.

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3. Orange Delight

Fans of orange sherbet ice cream will like these. Anyone who remembers taking orange-flavored Dramamine as a kid will not.

Fans of orange sherbet ice cream will like these. Anyone who remembers taking orange-flavored Dramamine as a kid will not.

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4. Party cake

It's a 'party in my mouth!' said taster Amanda Wilkins. The Party Cake Peeps -- one of the more inventive flavors in our test -- taste like cheap kids' birthday cake. The good kind.

It's a 'party in my mouth!' said taster Amanda Wilkins. The Party Cake Peeps -- one of the more inventive flavors in our test -- taste like cheap kids' birthday cake. The good kind.

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5. Orange creme

Our tasters give two thumbs up to both orange-flavored Peeps. The Orange Delight Peeps had a more concentrated orange flavor while the orange creme were more subtle.

Our tasters give two thumbs up to both orange-flavored Peeps. The Orange Delight Peeps had a more concentrated orange flavor while the orange creme were more subtle.

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6. Vanilla Delight

Vanilla flavored Peeps? Yes, pleeps. In a sea of super-sweet treats, the Vanilla Delight was a subtle surprise. 'The vanilla tasted like real vanilla,' said taster Shannon Sutlief.

Vanilla flavored Peeps? Yes, pleeps. In a sea of super-sweet treats, the Vanilla Delight was a subtle surprise. 'The vanilla tasted like real vanilla,' said taster Shannon Sutlief.

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7. Sour watermelon

Few agreed on whether sour watermelon was delicious or just plain weird. So we'll do that thing where we offer a half-hearted compliment: They're so unique.

Few agreed on whether sour watermelon was delicious or just plain weird. So we'll do that thing where we offer a half-hearted compliment: They're so unique.

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8. Lemon Delight

The Peeps that fall into the 'delight' category have a special fudge coating on the bottom. They tend to have more accentuated flavor than the others. A Peeps superfan noted this is a 'not delightful' perk, however; it messes with the original. The Lemon Delight Peeps had refreshing zip but were largely forgettable.

The Peeps that fall into the 'delight' category have a special fudge coating on the bottom. They tend to have more accentuated flavor than the others. A Peeps superfan noted this is a 'not delightful' perk, however; it messes with the original. The Lemon Delight Peeps had refreshing zip but were largely forgettable.

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9. Regular ol' Peeps

Hey, there they are! We also sampled original Peeps alongside 17 wacky flavors. The result was anticlimactic: Our scores placed regular ol' Peeps exactly in the middle of the pack.

Hey, there they are! We also sampled original Peeps alongside 17 wacky flavors. The result was anticlimactic: Our scores placed regular ol' Peeps exactly in the middle of the pack.

Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

10. Strawberry creme

Here's one of the most telling comments on the strawberry creme Peeps: 'These are OK.' So.

Here's one of the most telling comments on the strawberry creme Peeps: 'These are OK.' So.

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11. Strawberry Delight

Strawberry, we're just not that into you. Some tasters complained of a slightly medicinal taste to this Peep. To others, it smelled like kids' lip gloss.

Strawberry, we're just not that into you. Some tasters complained of a slightly medicinal taste to this Peep. To others, it smelled like kids' lip gloss.

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12. Raspberry Delight

So maybe food shouldn't be purple. One taster loved the Raspberry Delight Peeps; everyone else made sad faces.

So maybe food shouldn't be purple. One taster loved the Raspberry Delight Peeps; everyone else made sad faces.

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13. Mystery #1

A little explanation here: Peeps has several Mystery Flavors, where tasters are expected to guess the flavor and share it on social media. Our tip is to close your eyes when you're tasting these, because looks really are deceiving. After tasting a table full of colored candy, the white ones seem like they're plain. And they certainly are not. We guessed hot chocolate for Mystery Peeps #1 and were close: chocolate milk.

A little explanation here: Peeps has several Mystery Flavors, where tasters are expected to guess the flavor and share it on social media. Our tip is to close your eyes when you're tasting these, because looks really are deceiving. After tasting a table full of colored candy, the white ones seem like they're plain. And they certainly are not. We guessed hot chocolate for Mystery Peeps #1 and were close: chocolate milk.

Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

14. Cotton candy

Passions flared with the cotton candy flavor. Does it taste like cotton candy? Absolutely. But do tasters LIKE cotton candy? That was the problem. Those who were ballpark cotton candy fans gave high marks to the Peeps with the same flavor. Anyone who didn't like cotton candy gave it a thumbs down.

Passions flared with the cotton candy flavor. Does it taste like cotton candy? Absolutely. But do tasters LIKE cotton candy? That was the problem. Those who were ballpark cotton candy fans gave high marks to the Peeps with the same flavor. Anyone who didn't like cotton candy gave it a thumbs down.

Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

15. Lime Delight

Key lime pie fans will love this one. Everyone else won't.

Key lime pie fans will love this one. Everyone else won't.

Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

16. Mystery #2

Mystery #2 was tougher to figure out. Our guess? Some kind of popcorn. Good news! This mystery Peep's flavor is buttered popcorn. Bad news: We didn't love it.

Mystery #2 was tougher to figure out. Our guess? Some kind of popcorn. Good news! This mystery Peep's flavor is buttered popcorn. Bad news: We didn't love it.

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17. Blueberry Delight

It's safe to say our team got the least amount of delight from the Blueberry Delight Peeps.

It's safe to say our team got the least amount of delight from the Blueberry Delight Peeps.

Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

THE LOSER: Sugar-free Peeps

What's in Peeps if not sugar? That's a scary question we know the answer to -- maltitol, isomalt, sorbitol -- and it makes us long for real ingredients instead of sugar substitutes. If you need to avoid sugar, avoid Peeps altogether. Don't try its sad stand in.

What's in Peeps if not sugar? That's a scary question we know the answer to -- maltitol, isomalt, sorbitol -- and it makes us long for real ingredients instead of sugar substitutes. If you need to avoid sugar, avoid Peeps altogether. Don't try its sad stand in.

Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

The fine print: Many of the 18 flavors sampled here, but not all, are new this year. A spokeswoman for Peeps sent some of the Peeps to The Dallas Morning News for free; others were purchased at local grocery stores in Dallas. Thanks to Marilyn Bishkin, Sara Burgos, Norma Cavazos, Brentney Hamilton, Hunter Hauk, Ann Pinson, Britton Peele, Tiney Ricciardi, Shannon Sutlief, Mandi Thomas and Amanda Wilkins for risking headaches and sugar highs for this important work.

Happy Peepster, Dallas!

Happy Peepster, Dallas!

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