Metatalktail Hour: Peepshow April 8, 2023 2:23 AM   Subscribe

Greetings, peeps 🐥, and happy various religious holidays for some of you, happy maybe-finally-Spring for some Northern hemisphere dwellers, and happy weekend to all! Is now a good time to talk marshmallows? Love? Hate? Love/Hate but with certain exceptions? Special Peep tricks?

Anyway, it is peak Peep diorama season in many places, which even non-marshmallow lovers might enjoy! WAPO last year; Peddler's Village (PA), this year (I didn't really understand the first place winner. "Jeopeepardy" won second place, and my fave, “Monica’s A-PEEPment” won fourth.) Also, RIP to Bob Born.

But even if you don't have any particular feels about extruded or belt-fed, aerated, sweet, really sweet foamy stuff, you can tell us about what's happening with you, what's on your mind — but no politics, please!
posted by taz (staff) to MetaFilter-Related at 2:23 AM (41 comments total)

...I'm not clear what's confusing about "Home Peep-ot", especially since the Peeps are all wearing Home Depot-style orange aprons?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:18 AM on April 8

I got that it was home depot, but I didn't understand "where peepers get more peeped."
posted by taz (staff) at 3:33 AM on April 8

We've been recovering from Wednesday's freezing rain in Quebec which left something like 4 million people, about half the province, without power. Our power came back last night after almost exactly 54 hours without and there are still thousands of outages affecting I don't know how many people. Most of those outages are in Montreal now. Most are smallish but some individual outages are affecting a thousand people or more. Ours was affecting over 4000 customers which is why we got fixed relatively quickly.

We were pretty lucky, we cooked on the barbecue and bundled up with the cats. My wife has some non-life threatening but chronic and annoying health issues that being cold for three days really didn't help but we're warm now. And I discovered that if you've got a huge ass cast iron skillet and a bunch of cheese you don't want to go bad you can, in fact, make cacio e pepe on the barbecue! Not that I'm super keen to attempt the feat again any time soon but it was nice to be able to have a bit of comfort food in the extreme discomfort.
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand at 3:58 AM on April 8 [3 favorites]

I didn't understand "where peepers get more peeped."

Ah gotcha - Home Depot's slogan is "Where do-ers get more done".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:44 AM on April 8 [1 favorite]

They don't make their own version of Peeps, but I looove Dandies Marshmallows, mini version only. I do not like marshmallows as is in general because of texture issues, but the Dandies minis don't have that same issue for me. But I can't have them in the house or else they don't last 48 hours. (I will eat them so fast.)

Shepherd and I are going to see the D&D movie this afternoon because I married a gaming nerd and I love to support my gaming nerd.
posted by Kitteh at 6:00 AM on April 8

I am not a marshmallow fan, either raw or roasted on a fire. I'm delighted that people love them so much, but I'll pass when offered.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:32 AM on April 8

I'm going to spend Easter Sunday de-winterizing my camper and doing some Spring maintenance on it so that it's ready for another summer of camping. And I have a date night with my wife tonight to see the D&D movie.

I'm not much of a marshmallow fan, so I'll pass on the Peeps. Generally the only way I eat marshmallow is in a Smore made over a campfire, preferably with the marshmallow being dunked in Baileys Irish Creme before it's smushed in the Smore.
posted by COD at 6:39 AM on April 8 [2 favorites]

I have discovered the only good Peep, after decades of disappointment: Hot Tamales Fierce Cinnamon Peeps! Finally, a Peep that tastes like something other than sandy cardboard! If only there were a way to experience the same flavor, without actually having to eat a Peep...
posted by mittens at 7:28 AM on April 8 [1 favorite]

My one and only Peep experience was in Ohio about 20 years ago. I was visiting a friend at their office, and they had Peeps on the reception desk, nobody else was eating them (should have been a warning) and I asked if I could have one. "Knock yourself out" my friend said.

It was like eating a mouthful of sugary shaving foam covered in grit which dissolved to leave a horrible coating on my teeth and tongue and I had to chew gum for the rest of the afternoon to get rid of it.

I am glad when people try to kill Peeps by putting them in the microwave. They deserve it.
posted by essexjan at 8:36 AM on April 8 [5 favorites]

Peeps: Styrofoam you can eat!
Twizzlers: plastic you can eat!
Adderall: ratchets up my anxiety!
Metafilter colon Pithy humorous phrase!
posted by scratch at 9:29 AM on April 8 [6 favorites]

Peeps on a stick; toasted on an open fire.
posted by mightshould at 9:41 AM on April 8 [2 favorites]

Oh, the peepmanity!
posted by mochapickle at 10:13 AM on April 8 [3 favorites]

peeps are barely edible but cadbury creme eggs are worse

( • . •)
/ >🔪

long live the cadbury mini egg
posted by the primroses were over at 10:22 AM on April 8 [4 favorites]

A friend sent me this peeps version of The Scream; I don't know if it's appropriate or ironic that the name of the original painting's artist is "Munch"...
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:45 AM on April 8 [3 favorites]

I find peeps to be pretty disgusting, and I'm generally not a marshmallow fan. I will eat a smore when camping. (gotta try that Baileys trick!) wanna up your smores game? stick a small peanut butter cup inside the marshmallow before you toast it. (be sure to remove wrapper first!)
posted by supermedusa at 10:52 AM on April 8 [1 favorite]

I've been gifted some Dr. Pepper Peeps and since Dr. Pepper is the best soda ever made*, you know this is going to be great.

Plus tonight is Fire and Wine at Foxy Loxy, so we'll be enjoying marshmallow and s'mores, along with bottles of wine in this damp and chilly evening!
posted by Brandon Blatcher (staff) at 12:11 PM on April 8 [1 favorite]

I've been trying my hand at making pysanky and let me tell you, the next time you see these, you ought to be WAY more impressed than you have been. First you have to draw your design on the egg, and not only is an egg an oval, that most dastardly of shapes, but it is three-dimensionally oval! Then you have to draw over your pencil lines with molten wax that is intent on pouring all over the fucking place just when you least expect it. Then you have to plug up your hole with wax so you don't get dye inside your egg, but trust me, you will get dye inside your egg, and you will never get all of it out, it will just keep dribbling out for the rest of all time so you may as well throw that one away. Et cetera. Much respect to the Ukrainian grandmothers, I don't know how they do it.
posted by HotToddy at 12:23 PM on April 8 [7 favorites]

nothing to do with marshmallows but this is on an Easter theme -- the triple bill currently showing at my neighbourhood cinema:

Life of Brian
Last Temptation of Christ
Return of the Living Dead

Somebody's expressing themselves.
posted by philip-random at 1:15 PM on April 8 [11 favorites]

Crowd: Yes! We're all individuals!
Brian: You're all different!
Crowd: Yes, we are all different!
Man in crowd: I'm not...
Crowd: Shhh!
posted by clavdivs at 1:36 PM on April 8 [4 favorites]

One of my favorite bits in a movie full of excellent bits. That and Palin's boring prophet never fail to make me laugh.
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:56 PM on April 8

First you have to draw your design on the egg, and not only is an egg an oval, that most dastardly of shapes, but it is three-dimensionally oval!

An item on my someday list is an EggBot.
posted by zamboni at 2:08 PM on April 8

Palin's boring prophet

we need more of these nowadays, I think.
posted by philip-random at 5:31 PM on April 8

"There shall in that time be rumors of satellites going astray, erm, and there shall be a great confusion as to what orbits really are. And nobody will really know where lieth those little tweets with the sort of timeline that has a usefulness. At this time a friend shall lose his friend's Tesla, and the young shall not know where lieth the holes bored by their fathers that their fathers traversed only just the night before, about eight o'clock..."
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:11 PM on April 8 [1 favorite]

Generally the only way I eat marshmallow is in a Smore made over a campfire, preferably with the marshmallow being dunked in Baileys Irish Creme before it's smushed in the Smore.

I am not a marshmallow fan either, outside of Smore’s (although one of Boy theBRKP’s preferred desserts is a small cup of cheap bagged marshmallows drowned in Hershey’s chocolate syrup) but I’m all in for one dunked in Bailey’s.

Spouse and I watched the 1974 version of Murder on the Orient Express tonight. While I agree that Albert Finney makes a much better Poirot, I still like the 2017 version just a little bit more. The 1974 version plays more like a comedy and it is great fun. The 2017 is a tragedy and I honestly liked the emphasis on how much the murder drove a desire for revenge that ended up poisoning good people.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 6:49 PM on April 8

HotToddy I tried pysanky once. On top of everything you described, you actually need to plan the design in layers and envision the negative space (in 3D) where the wax will go for each coating, otherwise it is an utter disaster.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 6:54 PM on April 8

HotToddy I tried pysanky once. On top of everything you described, you actually need to plan the design in layers and envision the negative space (in 3D) where the wax will go for each coating, otherwise it is an utter disaster.

Right? And not only that but you have to understand color theory so you can plan your color layering! And it's so incredibly labor intensive, the farther along you get with it the higher the stakes and you're like please, please god don't let me drop it. My nerves were totally shot.
posted by HotToddy at 7:37 PM on April 8 [1 favorite]

Killjoy I have never eaten a peep, whupped sugar and whatever else with a big dose of yellow dye. Nope. My neighbor brought over a big bag of oranges, they are the best oranges ever. They are not blood oranges, but they are very red orange, and so sweet! Maybe they are cara caras. Happy day tomorrow, and in fact, every tomorrow which comes your way.
posted by Oyéah at 9:29 PM on April 8 [2 favorites]

I've never had peeps either. I used to like roasted marshmallows, but nowaydays knowing that there is gelatin in them turns me off. Which is a shame, because it's such a nice campfire activity. I have yet to find a decent replacement.
posted by Too-Ticky at 12:28 AM on April 9

Oh hey, what do you know! I found vegan marshmallows and they're not even expensive or hard to get. A bag of these will definitely be brought to summer camp.
posted by Too-Ticky at 4:13 AM on April 9 [3 favorites]

Too-Ticky, we do s'mores every summer with some vegetarian friends, and I can vouch that vegan marshmallows are actually pretty darn tasty. They don't toast exactly like the gelatin kind, but they're a fine substitute.

Mr. eirias used to have a work friend who made marshmallows for fun, and he'd get a few every time she came to town. I can take or leave marshmallows normally, but those were really darn good.

One of the odd surprises for us when we visited New Zealand a few years ago was the prevalence of marshmallow filling in candy. This is a pretty marginal part of the chocolate candy market in the USA.

Can't stand Peeps -- but love the dioramas. The "This Is Fine" one from 2022 made me 😻.
posted by eirias at 5:54 AM on April 9 [2 favorites]

Okay, it's not strictly peep-related, because I've gone off peeps due to the weirdly flavored air that seems to be trapped inside them. But it is marshmallow-related.

I have discovered the secret. Frozen marshmallows, people. Frozen marshmallows. Seriously. We had a bag of, I dunno, maybe it was some Trader Joe's thing of chocolate covered marshmallows that were decidedly not up to par and chucked them in the freezer as one does with candy that might get better when you eat it frozen. It was.

This led us, of course, to wondering if regular-ass marshmallows would taste good frozen. At hand we only had tiny hot chocolate ones and those are... okay. Not quite good enough when frozen. Full size marshmallows when frozen, though?

Please try this.
posted by majick at 7:18 AM on April 9 [3 favorites]

Frozen and stale is the best ways to enjoy marshmallows, Peeps or otherwise.
posted by seanmpuckett at 8:16 AM on April 9 [2 favorites]

I've taken psyanky class three times, I hear ya.

The more flavored/weird Peeps are generally better--the fruity ones. I dip them in wine.
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:34 AM on April 9 [1 favorite]

Decorated eggs?

You people are trouble; I just bought Life of Brian to watch this evening.

I grew up in the Midwest, where marshmallows are famously added to gelatine and labeled salad. For yesterday's Seder, I made kosher wine gelatine shots. It was great fun.

I grew up Catholic but have been adopted by Jewish friends. Oma liked the OJ jello (unflavored gelatine with orange juice is really tasty and dessert-like). We had lively discussion and a fantastic meal. Chag Pesach Sameach, Blessed Easter, & Blessed Ramadan! It's rare that the 3 holidays sync up, and I have been enjoying telling people Happy Holidays as I shopped.
posted by theora55 at 10:57 AM on April 9 [3 favorites]

Golly jeepers, where′d you get those peepers?
Peepshow, creepshow, where did you get those eyes?
posted by zengargoyle at 12:35 AM on April 10

. . . . I kinda like Peeps
posted by cabbage raccoon at 2:41 AM on April 10 [1 favorite]

Fruity peeps, dipped in wine is the penultimate sign.
posted by Oyéah at 11:31 AM on April 10

My neighbourhood artisan ice cream guy opened Easter weekend and one of his flavours was creme egg ice cream and you should all be jealous.
posted by Capt. Renault at 1:02 PM on April 11

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