Peep this: 18 flavors of marshmallow chicks, ranked from 'ooh' to 'eww'
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.
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
2. Blue raspberry
3. Orange Delight
4. Party cake
5. Orange creme
6. Vanilla Delight
7. Sour watermelon
8. Lemon Delight
9. Regular ol' Peeps
10. Strawberry creme
11. Strawberry Delight
12. Raspberry Delight
13. Mystery #1
14. Cotton candy
15. Lime Delight
16. Mystery #2
17. Blueberry Delight
THE LOSER: Sugar-free Peeps
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.