I Suffered Through 8 of the Weirdest Marshmallow Peeps Flavors So You Don't Have To

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I am somebody who has eaten Peeps so infrequently that I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever had them at all. For 70 years, the classic yellow chicks have been synonymous with Easter (I never grew up eating Easter candy – let’s just say I’m the type of person Kanye doesn’t like very much), and I don’t see the original Peeps going anywhere any time soon. But you’ve tasted the classic Peeps. You’ve had them dipped in dark chocolate and you’ve had them dipped in milk chocolate. What you haven’t tasted, probably, are the freak show Peeps flavors.


These days, you can stuff your Easter basket with flavors like Dr. Pepper, Kettle Corn, and Cotton Candy. Are these a good idea? That’s a great question. I found out for you.


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Hot Tamales

$1.36 from Walmart

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Aroma-wise, this is a dead ringer for a real Hot Tamale. Everything else-wise, it doesn’t compare. The consistency is obviously way worse as a marshmallow than as a chewy candy, and the cinnamon could be kicked up significantly. This is barely anything.


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Kettle Corn

$7 from Walmart

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It smells exactly like kettle corn. I will give them that. I’m not sure what it does taste like, but big surprise, I’m not into it. This isn't far off from the buttered popcorn Jelly Belly beans. Peeps are a far greater adversary than I’d ever expected.

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Gummies

$1.99 from Target

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I love gummies. They are and always have been my favorite type of candy. Peeps managed to find a way to ruin them. These taste like pure frosting, and when it comes to chewing through frosting-flavored gummies, the experience is just a little too weird to handle. It almost tastes like a Peep that’s gone horribly stale. I’d avoid these if I were you.

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Party Cake

$2.49 from Target

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I just don’t know who this is even for. If you like Peeps and you like old birthday cake, congratulations, they made Peeps that taste like old birthday cake. Gone is the yellow marshmallow you might be picturing. Instead, you’ll find rainbow speckles on a shade of a white I could only describe as “dirty wall.” Huge pass.

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Fruit Punch

$1.36 from Walmart

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For a few moments, I thought nothing was wrong. Then, it came for me; suddenly, quietly, without warning. A tropical burst in the worst way. A fruit punch-soaked nightmare from which I couldn’t escape. I couldn’t have thrown this into the trash faster, even with all those lopsided Peep eyes staring back up at me.

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Cotton Candy

$7.75 from Amazon

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I would start by apologizing about the photo above, but it is not I who owes you an apology. It is the Peeps corporation, and the scoundrels that invented this product. This is a bag to read very carefully; I only sort of skimmed it before I opened the bag to take photos, and wow, everything was much different than I anticipated. 


First of all, this is actual cotton candy, not Peeps that are flavored like cotton candy. Second, this is stuffed with tiny little cereal-style marshmallows. The textural difference surprised me so much that I actually dropped the bag for a minute. Upon dropping the bag, I noticed my fingers were completely encrusted with the cotton candy, the way a kid smears Elmer’s glue on their hands. I honestly thought it would start crawling up my arm like Venom.


I had to walk off my traumatic experience before I came back to taste it. It was bad. A bomb of artificial sugar like you couldn’t believe. I’m not typically one for cotton candy, but it’s another story when it comes out of a bag and has tiny, crunchy, surprise morsels. This is just… no. I’m sorry. It's a no.