One Charitable Candy Lover Will Win an Exclusive Tour of the Peeps Factory

The eyes are printed onto marshmallow Peeps at the factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The eyes are printed onto marshmallow Peeps at the factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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Peeps: You either love them or hate them. If you fall into the former camp, you might be able to sate your sweet tooth while serving a good cause. For a limited time, donors who make a $5 contribution to the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV) will receive a chance to win a trip for four people to the Peeps factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In addition to an exclusive tour, the winner will receive $250 to spend at the Peeps and Company Store. Airfare and accommodations will also be covered.

The contest is appropriately called the Peeps Helping Peeps Sweepstakes. The donations will go toward funding school scholarships, mental health services, and other educational programs for local students. For each $5 donation, you’ll receive a chance to win a rare look at how the Easter candy gets made. Like Willy Wonka's fictional candy factory, the Peeps factory has never before welcomed visitors.

“Although we’ve had many requests and lots of fans show up at our doors over the years, the Peeps factory has never been open to the public,” Matt Pye, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Just Born Quality Confections, which makes Peeps and other candies, said in a statement. “We couldn’t think of a better reason to open our doors for the first time ever than by teaming up with our local United Way to help give back to the community that Peeps calls home.”

Few people have ever seen Peeps being made, but it’s undoubtedly a sight to behold. The factory churns out an average of 5.5 million Peeps per day; in a year, that's enough marshmallow chicks (and bunnies) to circle the Earth twice.

To enter the sweepstakes, visit the UWGLV’s website and make a donation before April 8, 2019. You can also text “peepsunited” to 40403 to make a donation.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]