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For All My Peeps.

I bought a new vacuum cleaner. 

It was one of my first highly domesticated purchases and I was proud of the fact that I found a vacuum that looked pretty nifty, with it's bright blue handles and 12 lb body weight and "eco-friendly bag-less canister!" 

Standing in line at Target with my cool new vacuum purchase, I was about seven people back from the register on a Thursday night.  I was flanked on both sides by "impulse buys," including batteries, hand sanitizer, one dollar dvds featuring "Sharks of the Deep Blue Depths," and Easter candy that was 75% off.

The line was not moving very quickly.  It's almost 8 o'clock at night.  Man, I have a headache.  The noises of Target dulled down to a cloudy whisper and wrapped around my head like a bandage.For all my peeps.

Balancing my purse on the edge of the shopping cart, where my super-cool vacuum cleaner rests, I fish out my meter case, unzip it, and covertly prick my fingertip. 

The countdown.  The result?  53 mg/dl.

Tricky little sucker, that low.  Snuck up on me out of nowhere, but in retrospect, it was 8 o'clock at night and I hadn't eaten dinner yet.  Anyone's body would be hollering for attention by this point.  Mine wanted sugar.  Fast.

The batteries weren't going to do much for me.  I shifted my attention to the discounted Easter treats, honing in on the creepiest candy of all time:  marshmallow peeps. 

There's something altogether odd about little candies in the shapes of sweet farm animals, like chicks and bunnies.  (Bunny farms exist, right?)  I'm more comfortable with M&M's or Twizzlers, because they don't look like anything I'd want to cuddle with.  However, time was of the essence and I needed some fast sugar.

I reached out a grabbed a box of NEW! green peeps.  I popped a peep into my mouth and my teeth shuddered at the presence of such concentrated sugar.  You don't even have to chew these things - they just melt in your mouth and peep their way down into your bloodstream.  Trying to look like a grown-up, I wiped my mouth with the back of my wrist and unsettled the nest of sugar granules that had made my lips their home. 

A few minutes passed.  I popped a few more peeps, bringing my peep total to three.  After a few more minutes, I tested to reveal a much friendlier blood sugar of 98 mg/dl.  On the climb. 

The line progressed.  I paid for my vacuum and the tattered package of peeps that looked as though a wild lion had ripped them open.  (I am robbed of my ability to properly open food packages when I'm low.  Boxes of crackers are ripped open from the bottom, juice bottles are missing half their labels, and glucose tab containers never recover their original caps.  I'm a diabetic in the wild.)

Driving home, with the vacuum in the trunk and the peeps respectfully strapped in on the front seat (yes, the guilt I had for consuming their brethren was a bit much), I thought about the peeps.  I hadn't eaten peeps in almost ten years.  I had forgotten how they tasted. 

At a stoplight before the highway on-ramp, I reached over to the passenger's seat and ferreted around with my fingers until they clasped the box o' peeps.  Snaking one more through the cellophane wrapper, I popped him into my mouth and actually tasted it.  And it tasted good. 

Big blood sugar-ups to my peeps. 

We raise blood sugars!

(Sidenote:  Peeps are now available in sugar-free style!)

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How were you cleaning your floor previously? LOL! Our daughter, now 20, has grown out of peeps. I would get them for her at Easter and still have the unopened packages at Christmas! Yea, she's 20 and I still make her an Easter Basket. I like the candy too. Maybe the baskets are more for me?!

Beware the sugar-free version of anything; especially those that feature a sweetener than ends in "tol" such as maltitol or sorbitol. They will wreck havoc on your digestive system.

My sister just gave me a pack of the Sugar Free peeps but I have yet to open them. They have always sort of grossed me out but my family will buy anything that is "sugar free" for me to check out. It is quite cool of them. I will let you know what they are like.

I prefer to roast Peeps until they are no more. because they have to be one of the most disgusting things on Earth.

My mom and brother love those things. One year at college (pre-diabetes), I received a giant one in my monthly care package box. We put it in the mircowave to watch it grow... it was hilarious. And delicious. Nothing like a giant, melted marshmallow Peep! Now, they even have stuffed animal Peeps so you don't have to feel guilty. :)

Sugar free peeps, yuck! I can't even stand the regular ones. I'll stick with the chocolate Easter Bunnies, thanks! BTW, you're right that its wierd how we fashion much of our easter candy (including Peeps and chocolate) to look like animals!

The Easter Bunny brought a basket full of peeps to Jeff. He loves those things. I do not. They're painfully sugary.

I love how you referred to hip hop....or is it rap? Word to my peeps.

Disclaimer: Marshmallow peeps are NOT creepy! Only 3 carbs per peep also.
By the way, our nutritionist told us to stay away from the sugar free stuff. The stuff that they put in to replace the sugar is worse than the sugar.
Ditto to Nick's comment about anything "tol" those sugar alcohols can do nasty things....

Word up to all the peeps!

And yes to all of you who said that sugar-free anything can have a creative and violent effect on your digestive system. (Read: It makes you poop something fierce.) But it doesn't detract from the fact that little kids with diabetes can have peeps in their Easter Baskets. They at least look legit. Granted, they may taste like diseased vanilla, but still...

Once a year, I love peeps. My favorite way to enjoy them (and has been my favorite since I was about 7) is to put them on a hamburger bun with peanut butter, and enjoy a peanut butter and peep sandwich!

I still pack one in my lunch box (yes, I have a Curious George lunch box! I work in an elementary school after all!) around Easter time--my colleagurs love to see the bun off, and the look of the peep swimming in the peanut butter bun. :-)

The carb count is still enormous on sugar free candy.

It's not as "free" as you think.

Yes, packaging is a big consideration when treating a low - I can never gett the straw in the hole of the Juicy Juice Box, so they are not an option, as are various other items that require cognitive skill/manual dexterity to get out of the packaging.

I love stale Peeps - like after they've sat out about a week - really nice and chewy. Once year a friend's husband had gotten a food dehydrater to prepare stuff for camping trips. We decided to put the Peeps in the dehydrater and thought they'd be perfectly "cured" in one day. Well, after one day they had swollen to twice their size, and after one more day were just lille piles of "peep dust" and sugar. So much for being clever and resourceful......

Wow, I just made a scene laughing at this post! Did the cashier give you a funny look when he/she scanned the tattered peep carton?

P.S. I think the texture of Peeps is horrible, but I did catch an episode of "Unwrapped" on the food network explaining how they make them. Pretty sweet!

P.S.S. Congrats on the new vacuum. It was a big day for me too :)

I love sugar i wont lie, but i dont like peeps haha isnt that weird? i think i hate marshmellow or something i dunno.

My Bad, 8 grams carb per peep....

Great post Kerri!

I love the little caption when you mouse over the Peeps pic at the bottom lol.

Never really eaten Peeps however last Easter we stuck toothpicks in several and microwaved them to watch the Peep Sword Fight - very funny. Even funnier is this website about peeps in the library"
http://www.millikin.edu/staley/peeps/

You know it is necessity when Peeps look good. Personally, they creep me out and the taste... uggh.

Har har re the digestive issues... I remember the warnings we got/would give at camp regarding not eating an entire roll of Velamints (sugar free mints sold at the trading post...) We did not heed those warnings the first time they were given. Bad news.

Regarding Peeps - people either love them or hate them, huh? There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of in between.

Sugar free peeps?? But peeps are all sugar...what the heck are they making them of?

HA!

Kerri,

See the "Peep Show" at the Washington Post.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/070402/GAL-07Apr02-69859/index.html

Colleen

Kerri, that post was a joy to read, i have never heard of peeps, (along with a bunch of other festive Easter candy) but i'm really glad you enjoyed them!! I have those moments where I get the awesome chance to have candy and get sooo excited about it!!! :) (like snickers bars!) haha

how high did your blood sugars end up going?

Talk to you soon,
-Mollie

Peeps, schmeeps, did you get a Dyson?

If the sugar free peeps do not "blow-up" in a microwave oven then they are not peeps in my humble opinion! :-)

Uggh Kerri, I can't believe you like those things! :D Loved this post though, I've B.T.D.T. with the ripped-up package of food going through the checkout line. And ya kinda made my heart twinge with sympathy for the cute Peeply McPeepersons there.

I too enjoyed reading this post! A smile on my face!

:-)


Thanks for the smile, can just picture you trying to rip open the packaging. Thought you might find this fun, it's about the 10 Plagues of Egypt:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/17025280@N00/sets/72157600038845249/

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