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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3 Delicious Mac and Cheese Dishes You Need to Try

A mac and cheese burger
A mac and cheese burger
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Is there a more comforting comfort food than macaroni and cheese? If you love mac and cheese—and wish you could include it in every meal—these recipes are for you. Chef Frank Proto, Director of Culinary Operations at the Institute of Culinary Education, has cooked up three creative recipes that use macaroni and cheese as their main ingredient. For a cheesier cookout, try Chef Frank’s fried mac and cheese burger buns; for more upscale dinners, try the mac and cheese stuffed peppers; and for a perfect party appetizer, we recommend the bacon-wrapped mac and cheese. These recipes transform the classic comfort food in surprising ways—and they’re perfect for revitalizing leftover mac and cheese.

Chef Frank's Classic Mac & Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Box Elbow Pasta
4 ounces (8 tablespoons) butter
3-4 tablespoons flour
4-5 cups milk
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 pound American cheese
1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook elbow pasta to desired doneness.
  2. Heat butter in a sauce pot over medium heat.  Add the flour until you get a wet sand consistency. 
  3. Cook over low for 3-4 minutes stirring frequently. 
  4. Add the milk and the garlic and let come to a simmer. 
  5. Lower the heart and let cook for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Add the both cheeses and whisk until combined.
  7. Add the cooked pasta and coat well. 

Mac & Cheese Burger Buns Recipe

Ingredients:

Macaroni and Cheese
2 Eggs
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Bread Crumbs
Burger Patty
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Condiments (ketchup or mustard)
Vegetable Oil

Instructions:

  1. Refrigerate mac & cheese for two hours.
  2. Use a ramekin or a cup to cut out burger bun shape.
  3. Add flour, egg (beaten), and breadcrumbs to separate bowls.
  4. Dip mac and cheese buns in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs consecutively, covering on both sides.
  5. Turn stove on medium high heat and add oil to pan.
  6. Fry mac and cheese buns until golden brown on both sides (about 30 seconds to a minute).
  7. In a separate pan on medium high heat, grill burger patty until it reaches desired doneness.
  8. Build your burger: Add burger patty, lettuce, tomatoes, and your favorite condiments to your mac and cheese burger patties, then dig in!

Bacon-Wrapped Mac and Cheese Recipe

Bacon wrapped macaroni and cheese.

Ingredients:

Macaroni and Cheese
Bacon
Bread Crumbs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a pan with oil, cook bacon until cooked through but not yet crisp.
  3. Grab a muffin or cupcake tin. Line tin with bacon, using one piece per cup.
  4. Pour mac & cheese into tin.
  5. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top.
  6. Bake bacon-wrapped mac & cheese in oven for 10-15 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
  7. Let bacon-wrapped mac & cheese cool before removing from tin.
  8. Carefully remove each piece of bacon-wrapped mac & cheese from tin, using a knife to separate any stuck edges.

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Macaroni and cheese stuffed peppers.

Ingredients:

Macaroni and Cheese
Cooked chorizo
3 Bell Peppers
Bread Crumbs
Shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Add cooked chorizo to macaroni and cheese, stirring in with sauce.
  3. Cut tops off of bell peppers and remove seeds.
  4. If bell peppers cannot stand upright on their own, slice bottom to level.
  5. Pour macaroni and cheese into bell peppers.
  6. Top with bread crumbs and shredded cheese.
  7. Place on baking sheet and bake in oven for 10-15 minutes until peppers are soft.
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Cheese Made from Celebrities' Microbes Is On View at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum

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London's Victoria & Albert Museum is home to such artifacts as ancient Chinese ceramics, notebooks belonging to Leonardo da Vinci, and Alexander McQueen's evening dresses—all objects you might expect to see in a world-famous museum. However, the cultural significance of the selection of cheeses now on display at the museum is less obvious. The edible items, part of a new exhibition called FOOD: Bigger than the Plate, were cultured from human bacteria swabbed from celebrities.

Though most diners may prefer not to think about it, bacteria is an essential ingredient in many popular foods. Beer, bread, chocolate, and cheese all depend on microbes for their signature flavors. Scientists took this ick factor one step further by sourcing bacteria from the human body to make cheese for the new exhibit.

Smell researcher Sissel Tolaas and biologist/artist Christina Agapakis first conceived their human bacteria cheese project, titled Selfmade, in 2013. When a chef and team of scientists recreated it for the Victoria & Albert Museum, they found famous figures to donate their germs. Blur bassist Alex James, chef Heston Blumenthal, rapper Professor Green, Madness frontman Suggs, and The Great British Baking Show contestant Ruby Tandoh all signed up for the project.

A display of the human-microbe cheese at Victoria & Albert museum
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Once the celebrities' noses, armpits, and belly buttons were swabbed, their microbiome samples were used to separate milk into curds and whey. The curds were then pressed into a variety of cheeses: James's swab was used to make Cheshire cheese; Blumenthal's, comté; Professor Green's, mozzarella; Suggs's, cheddar; Tandoh's, stilton.

The cheeses are being sequenced in the lab to determine if they're safe for human consumption. But even if they don't contain any harmful bacteria, they won't be served on anyone's cheese plates. Instead. they're being kept in a refrigerated display at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Museum-goers can catch the cheeses and the rest of the items spotlighted in FOOD: Bigger Than the Plate from now through October 20, 2019.

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