Tracy HolmesComment

In 1953, a Pennsylvania-based candy man named Sam Born was making a name for himself making edible marshmallow chicks. Aptly named 'Peeps' and aptly coloured yellow, the original chicks were extruded by hand through a pastry tube. Today, the same factory that manufactured the first few Peeps now pumps 'em out by the millions. Every day. Other colours were introduced (Pink, Lavender, Blue, Green, and Orange, in that order), as well as other shapes (bunnies, eggs, Minions...?), but even after more than six decades, the yellow chicks are still the most popular. Yellow bunnies rank as the second favourite (though I have never seen a yellow bunny, nor have I heard a bunny 'peep').


I'm not a big fan of the candy, but I do endorse their colour palette.

Stacked up in a colour coop, these CMY chicks-in-a-row make a Hue Matrix good enough to eat.


And as 'eye candy,' what's more yummy than this yummy Bunny Rainbow Party Pack?


According to the list of ingredients, it's Yellow #5 (a.k.a. Tartrazine) that gives the most popular Peeps their Hue. Turning BTC Colour Cards into Easter cards, here are my picks to match these rows of rabbits (including Yellow #004):


These little treats aren't just for eating. Peeps have also become an art medium. Several well-known and respected institutions host annual contests and exhibitions every Easter, with dioramas, sculptures, and pop art popping up like Spring tulips. The Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI has hosted a Peeps show for the past seven years, attracting more than 3,000 visitors in its 3-week run. The 100+ entries (some mixed media, some pure sugar) are curated, but visitors can pick their faves and a coveted PEEPle's Choice Award is presented at the end of the show.

To learn more about the 'RAM 7th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition,' go here.


To learn about another current and colourful exhibition at RAM, go here.