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Purple Peeper-eater: our experiments with a package of purple Peeps Bunnies

April 8th, 2005 · 7 Comments


Since I like to try what I read on blogs (it’s documented!), I took some suggestions and cooked up a few experiments in the kitchen with the kids. I figured a 99 cent package of purple Easter Peeps Bunnies was a small price to pay for science…

Floating Peeps:
Both Michaela and Elisabeth wanted to see whether Peeps would float or sink.
And float they did.


Losing color and eyeball


Zapped Peeps

Abigail wanted to try the microwave, but didn’t want to zap any longer after the marshmellow inside started appearing…


Baked Peeps

Nice and crunchy after a few minutes at 350 degrees F.


Boiled Peeps


I was amazed to see the entire Peep disappear as it was boiled, transparent in a pot of water.

Fried Peeps



The Acid Test

Vinegar seemed to have little effect on a Peep.


The Taste Test

The girls each wanted to eat one so I let them have one purple Peep a piece.
I tried to try one myself but couldn’t get beyond the first bite…


Tags: homeschool

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ed Hager // Apr 8, 2005 at 4:40 pm

    One more to try… Peep S’mores.

  • 2 Morrie // Apr 9, 2005 at 3:13 am

    I hope you both sang The Purple People Eater song to the girls! That would have been fun to watch.

  • 3 Ronni Bennett // Apr 9, 2005 at 4:28 am

    This is too funny. How did you even think up this project…

    I buy Peeps at Easter time, open the packages and let them dry in the cupboard for a few weeks to get hard. One or two make a terrific late-night snack,

  • 4 Joel // Apr 9, 2005 at 6:13 pm

    Very funny–er, fascinating work you’re doing there. Had you heard about similar research being conducted at Peepresearch.org?

  • 5 david // Apr 11, 2005 at 6:33 pm

    I can see a grant in your future. Surely there’s a need for more Peeps research!!!

  • 6 Daisy Pignetti // Apr 13, 2005 at 10:41 am

    Fantastic! As someone researching research methodologies, I’m glad to see you documented everything so thoroughly while out in the purple peep field. 🙂

  • 7 Rayne // Apr 15, 2005 at 12:27 pm

    Heh. What a coincidence, we have a pack of purple bunny Peeps waiting our attention even now…actually, we’re going to use them for “peep jousting” in the microwave. Think you can Google that. Chick Peeps don’t work for jousting, but bunny Peeps are perfect! Enjoy!

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