The Great Peeps Wars

Happy day after Christmas! Did anyone get Peeps in their stocking this year? You know the ones–the sticky yellow marshmallow chicks covered in so much sugar that they crunch? Usually they come six to a pack. When I was a kid, I loved them. Now I just see them as a major trip to the dentist.

Anyhow, a few years ago, Mom discovered “Peeps wars.” She found them hilarious, and of course, being Mom, she wanted all her friends to know about them.

First, this is how Peeps wars happen: you buy a package of Peeps, then separate them into pairs. Put each pair on a paper plate; the Peeps should face each other, and have a distance of at least one to one-and-a-half inches between them. Next, you “arm” each Peep with a toothpick. Put them in the microwave for a minute or so. The “war” ends when one Peep successfully stabs the other. At this point, laugh your head off, and either eat them (ick) or toss them.

Mom thought that this was so funny that she wanted her friends to have the opportunity to play “Peeps wars,” too. So she packaged up the Peeps two by two with two toothpicks enclosed in a ziplock bag, and passed them out to her friends. Some of them must have thought she was off her rocker–until they actually staged and completed the Peeps wars.

Fads come and go, but her friends still talk about the time they had warring Peeps in their microwaves. Try it and see for yourself–it’s what the Crankee Yankee and I call “savage amusement.”

May the Force be with you.

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