Peeps Are Not Tasty Treats, They Are Giant Marshmallow Blobs Of Disgust

Peeps Are Not Tasty Treats, They Are Giant Marshmallow Blobs Of Disgust

They're just glorified marshmallows
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With Easter having just passed and all of the egg hunts and candy on kids minds, it’s hard to miss everything that commercializes Easter, including Peeps. Peeps are typically associated with Easter because of their bright colors, fluffy texture and shape. They're usually marshmallow chicks or bunnies covered in spring-themed sugar coatings. Although, if you were to ask me, they’re still an annual tragedy.

Maybe this is because I’m not really a huge fan of marshmallows. I liked them when I was younger, but I was never a fan of eating raw marshmallows simply for the “sugar rush," or the sweet-chewy, somewhat fluffy texture and deliciousness that came from eating them. To me, marshmallows were either for toasting (or in my case, burning) over campfires, blowing up in the microwave or even for some people, shooting at other people.

All in all, it could be the fact that my third grade teacher used peeps to keep a lamp together. (I know what you’re thinking, “ew." My thoughts exactly.) So really when I see Peeps, I still picture her tearing one apart to squish it onto part of a lamp. And even over time, watching that current Peep harden and disintegrate over a metal lamp disgusts me. It’s made me more than somewhat question what exactly goes into them to make them last a long time, why we would eat them, and how they even are a thing people eat.

But think about it: in essence, they're glorified marshmallows. They’re literally covered in colored sugar and made with corn syrup, gelatin and too much sugar. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy and/or eat my fair share of Easter candy around the season. Though, I tend to opt for something usually consisting of chocolate or less of a fluffy texture. Even then, this glorified marshmallow is made into the shapes of a bunny or traditionally a chick. And about a quarter of the time some of these chicks end up massacred into almost blob-chicks with barely recognizable faces.

So really what I’m trying to say is that: marshmallows are gross. I’m not entirely sure why I think this. Maybe I ate too many raw marshmallows when I was younger. But now, I’m not a fan of marshmallows in general, unless it’s burned to a crisp and smushed between chocolate and graham crackers. And hey, maybe this is just me, so I do apologize to those of you who enjoy eating the rainbow-colored blobs of chewy fluff. Go enjoy your sugar-coated, white, chewy almost shape of a chick or bunny.

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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The Pros and Cons Of Taking Summer Classes

As summer is approaching everyone is prepared to not have class, but summer classes aren't as bad as you may think.

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Over my three years in college, I have taken at least one class each summer. I have done this because I feel summer classes really help me succeed more throughout the school year and lessen my stress throughout the whole year. A lot of people take summer classes so don't feel embarrassed if you have to take classes over the summer. Summer class will really help you out in the long run.

The biggest pro about summer classes is that the class sizes are typically a lot smaller. This can help a lot because it really gives you a lot more time to connect with the professors. One of the things I usually do is that I take the classes that I know will be more difficult over the summer. It gives you more time to focus specifically on just that one class, and you won't be having to stress as much about time management with other classes that you are taking.

This being said a con of taking summer classes is not being able to have an entire free schedule over the summer. This can sometimes impact if you are able to also work at a summer job, or it can impact not being able to go back home over the summer. If this is something that you worry about you can always look into taking a class online so you will be able to take the class anywhere. The only negative aspect of taking online classes though is that you have to be extremely good at time management, otherwise you may not do so well in the class.

Overall summer classes are great for some people, and not so great for others. I feel like they really do help me though, and if you are on the edge about taking one, I would say try it out and see how you like it.

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