Quantcast

Marshmallow Meltdown: Virus Prompts Pause for Peeps Holiday Treats

(Associated Press) — Peeps treats are going on hiatus for several months — another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Just Born Quality Confections said it won’t be producing the popular marshmallow sweets for Halloween, Christmas or Valentine’s Day as the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based company prepares for next Easter, PennLive.com reports.

Production of the holiday-shaped candies was suspended in the spring as the coronavirus spread across the state.

Limited production resumed in mid-May with protocols in place to protect employees, Just Born said.

“This situation resulted in us having to make the difficult decision to forego production of our seasonal candies for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day in order to focus on meeting the expected overwhelming demand for Peeps for next Easter season, as well as our everyday candies,” the company said.

For confectioners, Easter is one of their biggest and busiest times of the year as children — and adults — use the holiday as an excuse to indulge in candy eggs and chocolate bunnies.

Just Born, which has been in business since 1923, said its other seasonal confections are expected to return to store shelves by Halloween 2021.

TRENDING NOW

Trump’s Cash Plea Could Complicate GOP Fundraising Efforts

(Associated Press) "Trump needs you," one fundraising email implored. "President Trump's Legacy is in your hands," another pleaded.

US Infrastructure Gets C- from Engineers as Roads Deteriorate

(Associated Press) America's infrastructure has scored near-failing grades for its deteriorating roads, public transit and storm water systems due to years of...

Your Credit Report May Be WRONG; Here’s What to Do About It

(Bev O'Shea, NerdWallet) Consumers filed complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in record numbers in 2020, according to a report released...

Dems Tighten Income Limits for COVID-19 Relief

(Associated Press) President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed Wednesday to tighten the upper income limits at which people could qualify for stimulus...

Six ‘Hurtful’ Dr. Seuss Books to Cease Being Published

(Headline USA) Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran...