Celebrate 60 sweet years of Peeps with annual
Daily Record/Sunday News diorama contest

Last year’s winning Peeps diorama had a THON theme (submitted photo).

It wouldn’t be springtime without those addictive marshmallow Peeps.

The sugary sweets hit the market 60 years ago — in 1953. Just Born Inc., the candy company that produces Peeps, quickly cornered the market for marshmallow treats.

About six years ago, the York Daily Record/Sunday News started asking readers to use their creativity to turn the candy into art. Through the years, we’ve received dozens of photos of Peeps projects that have covered sports, religion, politics, pop culture and just about everything in between.

The tradition continues this spring.


From Feb. 25 through March 10, residents of York and Adams counties can submit their contest entries at smartmagpa.com. The public will vote for their favorite entries online March 11 to 17.

If there are enough submissions, the contest will be voted on in two categories: those 18 and older will compete against other adults and those younger than 18 will compete in a children’s category. The top three vote-getters in each category will win prize packs provided by Just Born’s Peeps and Company. The Daily Record/Sunday News reserves the right to return to one category depending on submission rate.

Photos of winners and other submissions will run in the March 31 edition of the York Sunday News.

Complete rules are available on the submission form online. Entries must be submitted using the online form to be eligible for the contest.

Peeps history

1953: Peeps hit the market

1958: Pumpkin-shaped treats hit stores

1960: Christmas shapes hit stores

1980: Peeps bunnies hit stores

1999: Peeps first national TV commercial airs

2007: Sugar-free Peeps chicks hit stores; York Daily Record/Sunday News introduces Peeps diorama contest

2009: Peeps company store opens in National Harbor, Md.

2010: Chocolate-covered Peeps hit stores

Source: www.marshmallowpeeps.com

About Just Born

It’s a family-owned candy manufacturer that has been in business for more than eight decades. Its products
include Peeps Marshmallow Candies, Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales and Peanut Chews. The company employs more than 500 associates in Bethlehem and Philadelphia. It markets its candy in more than 35 countries.

Source: www.justborn.com

Erin McCracken

I'm a FlipSide reporter covering all things entertainment in southcentral Pennsylvania. Contact me at emccracken@ydr.com or leave a comment.

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