The Land of PEEPS: When is Enough, Enough?

Peeps

Last weekend I went to CVS to pick up a prescription. As I wove my way back to the pharmacy, I walked through AN ENTIRE AISLE of PEEPS.

Back in the good old days (1960’s and 1970’s) shopping was much simpler than it is today. There was one kind of bread (Wonder white), one kind of spaghetti (the long kind), one kind of eggs (the kind the egg man delivered). There was one brand of tampons (Tampax) and two kinds of sanitary napkins (maxi and mini).

And there was one kind of PEEPS: yellow chicks.

Back then, shopping for a week took little more than twenty minutes. Today said shopping takes a good hour because, with nearly every item we buy, we suffer from analysis paralysis. Try to send your husband to the grocery store instead? Plan on at least one phone call per item on the list. You may as well do it yourself.

When did this happen? And when is enough, enough?

Take PEEPS for example.

They’re not just for Easter anymore. Now you can buy them for Valentines Day, Easter, “Summer,” Halloween and Christmas.

PEEPS chocolate mousse bear

You can get them in original, chocolate covered, chocolate-dipped and “special” flavors.

PEEPS SweetLemonade_Img

They come in a rainbow of colors

PEEPS Rainbow of colros

And you can get them shaped like a chick, bunny, pumpkin, ghost, cat, bear, heart or a gingerbread man.

PEEPS ghosts1

You can get them traditional or sugar-free.

PEEPS sugar free chics

You can even prepare them (at least) 49 different ways.

PEEPS Chantilly Cream Filled Oranges
PEEPS Chantilly Cream Filled Oranges
PEEPS Lemon Curd Cake
PEEPS Lemon Curd Cake
PEEPS Bunny Dip Recipe
PEEPS Bunny Dip Recipe

 

You can even test your PEEPS IQ (Click HERE).

You get the picture. The question is, when is enough, enough? When does too much of a good thing become a bad thing? Does anyone besides me miss the good old days?

9 comments on… “The Land of PEEPS: When is Enough, Enough?”

  1. You’re not alone! I feel that way with mascara. The other day I left the store without any because I couldn’t make a quick choice. It was crazy all the options. I often miss the simple life I grew up with.


  2. Melissa Lewicki


    Do you remember the book Future Shock? Toffler (was that his name???) predicted this proliferation of choices.

  3. I get sweaty in the greeting card isle! I’ve had to develop a strategy…glitter butterfly’s, fish (for guys). Grab. Go. Get out.


  4. BARBARA DUNN


    IMAGINE A 4 YEAR OLD CHILD WALKING INTO CVS AND SEEING A LONG AISLE OF MULTICOLORED PEEPS !! THIS IS PURE MAGIC TO THE LITTLE PEOPLE. NONE OF US LIKE CHANGE THAT BOMBARDS US NOWDAYS, BUT CLOSE YOUR EYES AND BE 4 AGAIN AND
    FEEL THE MAGIC. I LOVE THE REMEMBERING OF EASTER MORN AND ESPECIALLY THE PEEPS !!


  5. Pamela


    Too funny! I feel that way about the greeting card isle. I break out in a sweat seeing the enormous choices! I usually grab the first one that has glitter (a minimum requirement for a decent card)!

  6. I miss the good old days. And I despise peeps, but the idea of adding them to another sweet treat? I’m puking just thinking about it. Cupcakes with peeps on top of the frosting? Really? Enough is enough. The cupcake alone was sweet enough, but then we added frosting. Now we’re putting spun sugar coated with granulated sugar on top of the sugar frosting? No. Stop already.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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