Peeps & Ham! HAPPY EASTER!

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  • Competitive eater Matt Stonie just broke the world record for Peep eating. Stonie managed to eat 255 Peeps in five minutes. Yikes. (Mashable)  
  • Speaking of Peeps … Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow Peeps during Easter. This makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. (Elite Daily)      
  • Sugar overload … Easter is the second biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year. Halloween is first. (Elite Daily)      
  • Making a ham this Easter? There’s a hotline for that. Yep, Kentucky Legends Ham has a hotline open on Easter Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Just call 1-866-343-5058 to get answers on everything from emergency problems, like how to avoid burning or overcooking your ham, to what to serve as a side dish. (Good Housekeeping


Did you know?  

1. The tallest Easter egg chocolate was made in Italy in 2011. It stood at 10.39 meters and weighed an astounding 7,200 kg. 

2. In the US, only 12 of the 50 states recognize Good Friday as a holiday. 

3. The art of painting eggs is called pysanka, which originated in Ukraine. It involves using wax and dyes to color the egg. 

4. The term Easter gets its name from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes the hare and the egg. 

5. The exchange or giving of Easter eggs actually dates back to before Easter and the giving of eggs is actually considered a symbol of rebirth in many cultures. 

6. There used to be a tradition churches observed that resembled the game of “hot potato.” Here, the priest would toss a hard boiled egg to one of the choir boys. The boys would toss the egg amongst themselves and when the clock struck 12, whomever had the egg was the winner and got to keep the egg. 

7. Peep peep… did you know Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow Peeps during Easter? This makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. 

8. Americans consume more than 16 million jelly beans during this holiday. That is enough jelly beans to circle the globe not once, not twice, but three times. 

9. Are you an ears, arms or tail person? Seventy-six percent of people eat the ears on the chocolate bunny first, 5 percent go for the feet and 4 percent for the tail. 

10. During the holiday, more than 90 million chocolate bunnies, 91.4 billion eggs and 700 million Peeps are produced each year in the United States alone. 

11. Next to Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year. Good thing they are almost six months apart, perfect for your yearly dentist check-ups!


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