It is spring and the season is almost upon us. Peeps season.
You know, Peeps – those ultra soft and sweet marshmallow chicks made of 100% sugar? Guaranteed tooth decay in a box, squishy, gooey, yummy, sweet, and fun? Not just for Easter baskets any more. Made for jousting.
What, you ask, is a jousting Peep? Well, I’m glad you asked that. We were introduced to jousting Peeps many years ago by a young lad who demonstrated the marvels of microwaves and imagination. The online Urban Dictionary defines Peep Jousting as follows:
“A game involving the classic Easter candy, Marshmallow Peeps. Each Peep has a toothpick sticking out of the front of it, like a lance. Two Peeps, so armed, are placed in a microwave facing each other. As they are heated, they expand, until one Peep’s toothpick makes contact with the other, causing the unfortunate bugger to pop.”
So to play, you need boxes of Peeps, preferably a small stable of them, a different color for each contestant, a friend (contestant) or three, a supply of wooden toothpicks, a plate, and a microwave. You must arm each Peep jouster with a lance (toothpick) sticking out of its front and place them a couple of inches apart on a plate, facing each other. Then, into the microwave, 15-30 seconds on the clock, gather close to the window, and hit start. VOILA!! Jousting Peeps! Sadly, each Peep is good for only one Joust, then, boom! But no waste – you get to eat the looser and the winner.
OK, there’s not really a winner, other than the person who popped them in the microwave in the first place because every player eats their Peep whether it was the poker, the pokee, or just exploded in a frenzy of happy cries and applause, but I can tell you it’s most entertaining to watch. Those little marshmallow chicks blow up like Goodyear blimps on a hot summer day. Each Peep grows bigger and bigger, so do your eyes the first time you witness this phenom. And as they grow larger, they grow closer and closer together, enlarging to engage with their opponent, their jousting lances (okay, toothpicks) often crossing as they attempt to pierce the other. The one who pierces the other (read: pops the other’s Peep) first wins the contest. Eat the evidence and start over.
The point? None, really. It’s just a good, clean, all-American microwave pastime. And a bunch of sugared up players.
How sweet it is!