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12 Weird Peeps Flavors to Try This Easter

The start of spring signals the beginning of Peeps season. Celebrate the warmer weather with some of the festive candy brand’s wackier flavors. 

1. “DELIGHT” FLAVORS

These special Peeps come in a variety of flavors including blueberry, lemon, raspberry, strawberry, and vanilla. They’re all partially dipped in crème fudge (except for lemon, which gets lemon fudge). There are also two new delight flavors: orange and lime. You can pick up a pack at Target or on Amazon

2. FRUIT PUNCH

If you’re ready for summer already, you can get a 10-pack of bright red, fruit punch-flavored Peeps. The brand-new flavor can be found at Kroger stores or online.

3. BLUE RASPBERRY 

You might question how the often sour blue raspberry flavor would complement the super-sweetness of marshmallow, but Peeps pulls it off. The bright blue birds can be found at Walmart or online.

4. COTTON CANDY

Another new flavor is the ambitious cotton candy. Perfect for carnival lovers with a sweet tooth, these light pink Peeps come with little flecks of blue sugar. You can pick up a pack at Walgreens or online.

5. SOUR WATERMELON

Here is another tart flavor of Peep that is a little more controversial. Most people will either love or hate these boldly flavored birds. They have green sugar outsides and pink marshmallow insides to imitate a real watermelon. You can find them at most stores or on Amazon

6. BUBBLE GUM 

If you hate that you can’t (or at least, shouldn’t) swallow bubble gum, then maybe these Peeps are for you. The light pink marshmallows are sold exclusively at Walgreens, but you can also find them online

7. PARTY CAKE 

Got a party coming up? Pick up a 10-pack of these festive light-blue Peeps. They even come with colorful sprinkles for added fun. 

8. RED VELVET 

Red velvet isn’t just for cupcakes and waffles. The decadent flavor was part of a Christmas-themed series, which also included hot cocoa, candy cane, and sugar cookie. Since it’s past the season, you can’t get them in stores, but luckily Amazon has got you covered.

9. SUGAR PLUM 

Here’s another relic from winter: Sugar plum delight Peeps. They are a lovely shade of purple and come partially dipped in white fudge. You can snag some out-of-season goodness right here

10. CARAMEL APPLE

If you’re not crazy about winter flavors, there are also autumn options. The caramel apple is a great place to start—with apple flavored Peeps that are dipped in caramel fudge. For more fall flavors, also check out candy corn and pumpkin spice

11. SWEET LEMONADE 

Kick back and enjoy a nice tart pack of lemonade-flavored Peeps—the sweet-sour candy is white with little yellow crystals. Purchasing a pack will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand.

12. MYSTERY FLAVOR 

Feeling indecisive? Let the Peep pick the flavor for you. This year, there are three different boxes to choose from, all sold at Walmart. Try all three and then send your guesses to Peeps Brand with the hashtag #mysterypeeps.

BONUS: PEEP MILK 

Now you can enjoy the sweet taste of Peeps in milk form. The sugary drink was unveiled last year with an enthusiastic response, so this year the creator (Prairie Farms Dairy) is giving it a national rollout. You can enjoy flavors like strawberry crème, egg nog, and orange crème. 

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What is Duck Sauce?
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We know that our favorite Chinese takeout is not really authentically Chinese, but more of an Americanized series of menu options very loosely derived from overseas inspiration. (Chinese citizens probably wouldn’t recognize chop suey or orange-glazed chicken, and fortune cookies are of Japanese origin.) It would also be unusual for "real" Chinese meals to be accompanied by a generous amount of sauce packets.

Here in the U.S., these condiments are a staple of Chinese takeout. But one in particular—“duck sauce”—doesn’t really offer a lot of information about itself. What exactly is it that we’re pouring over our egg rolls?

Smithsonian.com conducted a sauce-related investigation and made an interesting discovery, particularly if you’re not prone to sampling Chinese takeout when traveling cross-country. On the East Coast, duck sauce is similar to sweet-and-sour sauce, only fruitier; in New England, it’s brown, chunky, and served on tables; and on the West Coast, it’s almost unheard of.

While the name can describe different sauces, associating it with duck probably stems from the fact that the popular Chinese dish Peking duck is typically served with a soybean-based sauce. When dishes began to be imported to the States, the Americanization of the food involved creating a sweeter alternative using apricots that was dubbed duck sauce. (In New England, using applesauce and molasses was more common.)

But why isn’t it easily found on the West Coast? Many sauce companies are based in New York and were in operation after Chinese food had already gained a foothold in California. Attempts to expand didn’t go well, and so Chinese food aficionados will experience slightly different tastes depending on their geography. But regardless of where they are, or whether they're using the condiment as a dipping sauce for their egg rolls or a dressing for their duck, diners can rest assured that no ducks were harmed in the making of their duck sauce.

Have you got a Big Question you'd like us to answer? If so, let us know by emailing us at bigquestions@mentalfloss.com.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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