12 Weird Peeps Flavors to Try All Year Long

The start of spring signals the beginning of Peeps season. Celebrate the warmer weather with some of the festive candy brand’s wackier flavors.

1. Peeps Delights

Blueberry Delight Peeps
Peeps & Company

These special Peeps come in a variety of flavors including vanilla, orange sherbet, strawberry, coconut, and sugar cookie. They’re partially dipped in dark, milk, or white chocolate. Some also include fillings, like chocolate caramel swirl. You can pick up a pack on Amazon, buy them from the Peeps online store, or pick them up from Target.

2. Fruit Punch Peeps

Fruit Punch Peeps
Peeps & Company

If you’re ready for summer already, you can get a 10-pack of bright red, fruit punch-flavored Peeps. The flavor can be found on the Peeps store or on Amazon.

3. Pumpkin Spice Peeps

Pumpkin spice latte Peeps
Peeps & Company

Are you craving the flavor of a pumpkin spice latte off-season? These PSL Peeps first debuted in 2015, but sadly, they're now nearly impossible to find, even on Amazon. We're praying they'll come back someday, though.

4. Cotton Candy Peeps

Cotton Candy Peeps
Peeps & Company

Another relatively new flavor on the Peeps scene is the ambitious cotton candy. Perfect for carnival lovers with a sweet tooth, these light pink Peeps come with little flecks of blue sugar. You can pick up a pack from the Peeps store, on Amazon, or at Target.

5. Sour Watermelon Peeps

Sour Watermelon Peeps
Peeps & Company

Here is another tart flavor of Peep that is a little more controversial. Most people will either love or hate these boldly flavored birds. They have green sugar outsides and pink marshmallow insides to imitate a real watermelon. You can find them at Walmart, Target, Amazon, or the Peeps store.

6. Bubble Gum Peeps

Bubble Gum Peeps
Peeps & Company

If you hate that you can’t (or at least, shouldn’t) swallow bubble gum, then maybe these Peeps are for you. Get the light pink marshmallows at Walmart.

7. Party Cake Peeps

Party Cake Peeps
Peeps & Company

Got a party coming up? Pick up a 10-pack of these festive Peeps. They even come with colorful sprinkles for added fun. Get them at Target, the Peeps store, or on Amazon.

8. Red Velvet Peeps

Red Velvet Peeps
Peeps & Company

Red velvet isn’t just for cupcakes and waffles. The decadent flavor was part of a Christmas-themed series, which also included hot cocoa, candy cane, and sugar cookie. Since it’s past the season, you can’t get them in stores, but keep an eye out on Amazon in case the delicious flavor ever returns.

9. Pancakes and Syrup Peeps

Pancakes & Syrup Peeps
Peeps & Company

These Pancakes & Syrup Peeps are a perfect excuse to eat sweets for breakfast. You can snag some from the Peeps store or on Amazon.

10. Caramel Apple Peeps

Caramel Apple Peeps
Peeps & Company

If you’re not crazy about spring or winter flavors, Peeps has also created some autumn options. The caramel apple—apple flavored Peeps that are dipped in caramel fudge—came out in 2015, at the same time as the candy corn and pumpkin spice flavors. And like them, the limited-time flavor it was gone too soon. But if you really get a hankering for caramel apple Peeps, you can still snag a box on eBay … if you're willing to pay $334.

11. Sweet Lemonade Peeps

Sweet Lemonade Peeps
Peeps & Company

Another limited-time flavor we're hoping will return, Peeps released these summery lemonade-flavored marshmallows in 2013. Part of the proceeds for each package sold went to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

12. Mystery Peeps

Mystery Peeps
Peeps & Company

Feeling indecisive? Let the Peep pick the flavor for you. Each Easter season, Peeps releases a selection of plain white chicks, challenging customers to guess the flavor. While we have yet to hear about the 2019 release, last year, there were three different boxes to choose from, all sold at Walmart. Fans were encouraged to try all three and then send guesses to @PeepsBrand on social media with the hashtag #mysterypeeps. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for the 2019 flavors, and if you missed out on previous mystery-flavor releases, you can still get some of those Peeps on Bonanza and eBay.

A version of this story first ran in 2016. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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6 Tasty Facts About Scrapple

Kate Hopkins, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Kate Hopkins, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Love it or hate it, scrapple is a way of life—especially if you grew up in Pennsylvania or another Mid-Atlantic state like New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, or Virginia. And this (typically) pork-filled pudding isn’t going anywhere. While its popularity in America dates back more than 150 years, the dish itself is believed to have originated in pre-Roman times. In celebration of National Scrapple Day, here’s everything you ever—or never—wanted to know about the dish.

1. Scrapple is typically made of pig parts. Lots and lots of pig parts.

Though every scrapple manufacturer has its own particular recipe, it all boils down to the same basic process—literally: boiling up a bunch of pig scraps (yes, the parts you don’t want to know are in there) to create a stock which is then mixed with cornmeal, flour, and a handful of spices to create a slurry. Once the consistency is right, chopped pig parts are added in and the mixture is turned into a loaf and baked.

As the dish has gained popularity, chefs have put their own unique spins on it, adding in different meats and spices to play with the flavor. New York City’s Ivan Ramen even cooked it up waffle-style.

2. People were eating scrapple long before it made its way to America.

People often think that the word scrapple derives from scraps, and it’s easy to understand why. But it’s actually an Americanized derivation of panhaskröppel, a German word meaning "slice of rabbit." Much like its modern-day counterpart, skröppel—which dates back to pre-Roman times—was a dish that was designed to make use of every part of its protein (in this case, a rabbit). It was brought to America in the 17th and 18th centuries by German colonists who settled in the Philadelphia area.

In 1863, the first mass-produced version of scrapple arrived via Habbersett, which is still making the product today. They haven’t tweaked the recipe much in the past 150-plus years, though they do offer a beef version as well.

3. If your scrapple is gray, you're a-ok.

A dull gray isn’t normally the most appetizing color you’d want in a meat product, but that’s the color a proper piece of scrapple should be. (It is typically pork bits, after all.)

4. Scrapple can be topped with all kinds of goodies.

Though there’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy a delicious piece of scrapple at any time of day, it’s considered a breakfast meat. As such, it’s often served with (or over) eggs but can be topped with all sorts of condiments; while some people stick with ketchup or jelly, others go wild with applesauce, mustard, maple syrup, and honey to make the most of the sweet-and-salty flavor combo. There’s also nothing wrong with being a scrapple purist and eating it as is.

5. Dogfish Head made a scrapple beer.

The master brewers at Delaware’s Dogfish Head have never been afraid to get experimental with their flavors. In 2014, they created a Beer for Breakfast Stout that was brewed with Rapa pork scrapple. A representative for the scrapple brand called the collaboration a "unique proposition." Indeed.

6. Delaware holds an annual scrapple festival each October.

Speaking of Delaware: It’s also home to the country’s oldest—and largest—annual scrapple festival. Originating in 1992, the Apple Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville, Delaware is a yearly celebration of all things pig parts, which includes events like a ladies skillet toss and a scrapple chunkin’ contest. More than 25,000 attendees make the trek annually.

What's the Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes?

Julia_Sudnitskaya/iStock via Getty Images
Julia_Sudnitskaya/iStock via Getty Images

This Thanksgiving, families across the country will enjoy a traditional meal of turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes ... or are they yams? Discussions on the proper name for the orange starchy stuff on your table can get more heated than arguments about topping them with marshmallows. But there's an easy way to tell the difference between sweet potatoes and yams: If you picked up the tuber from a typical American grocery store, it's probably a sweet potato.

So what's a sweet potato?

Sweet potato and yam aren't just different names for the same thing: The two produce items belong to their own separate botanical categories. Sweet potatoes are members of the morning glory family. Regular potatoes like russets, meanwhile, are considered part of the nightshade family, which means that sweet potatoes aren't actually potatoes at all.

Almost all of the foods most Americans think of as yams are really sweet potatoes. The root vegetable typically has brown or reddish skin with a starchy inside that's orange (though it can also be white or purple). It's sold in most supermarkets in the country and used to make sweet potato fries, sweet potato pie, and the sweet potato casserole you have at Thanksgiving.

Then what's a yam?

Yams.
Yams.
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Yams are a different beast altogether. They are more closely related to lilies and grasses and mostly grow in tropical environments. The skin is more rough and bark-like than what you'd see on a sweet potato, and the inside is usually white or yellowish—not orange.

They're a common ingredient in parts of Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Because the inside of a yam is less moist than the inside of a sweet potato, they require more fat to make them soft and creamy. They're also less sweet than their orange-hued counterparts. In many regions in the U.S., yams aren't sold outside of international grocery stores.

Where did the mix-up come from?

Also sweet potatoes.
Also sweet potatoes.
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So if yams and sweet potatoes are two totally different vegetables that don't look or taste that similar, why are their names used interchangeably in the U.S.? You can blame the food industry. For years, "firm" sweet potatoes, which have brown skin and whitish flesh, were the only sweet potatoes grown in the U.S. In the early 20th century, "soft" sweet potatoes, which have reddish skin and deep-orange flesh, entered the scene. Farmers needed a way to distinguish the two varieties, so soft sweet potatoes became yams.

Nearly a century later, the misnomer shows no signs of disappearing. Many American supermarkets still call their orange-fleshed sweet potatoes yams and their white-fleshed ones sweet potatoes, even though both items are sweet potatoes. But this isn't a strict rule, and stores often swap the names and make things even more confusing for shoppers. So the next time you're shopping for a recipe that calls for sweet potatoes, learn to identify them by sight rather than the name on the label.

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