Monday, 8 March 2010

New Travel Companion



Last year, National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog had an entertaining photography competition called "Peeps In Places".

If you're American, you might well be able to guess what this is about.

If not, you might be mystified, as I was then.

Turns out that peeps are a kind of US marshmallow... in Easter shapes like chicks and bunnies. I was disappointed - we can't buy them here, so I couldn't enter the contest.

Oh well. Life moves on, and I didn't think about it much more... until just last week, when a friend mentioned that her husband had brought her some peeps from a recent trip across the pond.

I thought for a moment. I wondered briefly if I was about to make the strangest request of my life. And then I asked if I could borrow one.

"Will I want it back when you've finished with it?" she asked.

I confessed that I didn't know - and explained about the competition.

I tweeted a couple of folks at Intelligent Travel to check that the contest was on again this year, and here it is: Peeps In Places 2010

So without further ado: please meet Androcles II*, my newest travel companion.

Androcles II

He'll be coming with us on as many trips as he can - my friend says she'd prefer that he be well travelled than that she gets to eat him, and her daughter can hardly believe that the peep is going on holiday! We're definitely taking him to the Faroes, and I'm hoping he'll last long enough to come to Greenland, too.

I'll be sure to blog about his travels with us - and please wish me luck in the competition.


* My husband has a toy rabbit called Androcles. So this is our second one. I'll try not to confuse you by shortening it to Andy!

28 comments:

lakeviewer said...

I'm looking forward to see Peeps around the globe!

Elle said...

What a fun contest! I think, as candies go, Peeps are just awful. I totally support your utilizing one as a traveling companion. If you wrap him in plastic, he might last longer. Then again, if you leave him out where the air can get to him, he'll be like a little piece of green concrete in no time. :-)

mel said...

i've never heard of this contest! i'm going to check it out for sure, but may have to get someone to ship me a box if i feel like entering!

L.C.T. said...

Hehe cute. I've never heard of them either. Your comment the other day made me think! Have just blogged the thoughts...

Toni said...

Possibly one of the most random but funny posts I've read in a while Rach. Good to know that I'm not the only one with a travelling companion!
Fingers crossed for the competition!

Cynthia at A Shimmy In My Spirit said...

So cute. I've been eating peeps since I was a kid. Never thought to photograph them. Love photo props that you can eat.

Keep On Dancing

Kel said...

What a fun idea for a contest! I cannot wait to see your little peep travel the world. (Is it ok to be jealous of a marshmallow?)

Stephanie V said...

The perfect travel companion. Small, quiet and very green. I don't think he should be allowed in the water, though. Could be disastrous. Look forward to his - and your - travels.

rockinloubylou said...

Totally jealous of the lucky peep. Good luck with the competition!

Chef E said...

Love it Rachel! I entered a peep challenge last year, duckie peep legions protecting a bowl of farro!

Cannot wait to see where you travel to! They are not really very tasty, so you are not missing much...

Writing Without Periods! said...

Peeps!!! I love peeps. They are my downfall around Easter. Glad they get to travel :-)
Mary

Sarah Wolfman-Robichaud said...

Yay for peeps! Better that it travel than be consumed. Even as children without any concept of nutritional values, natural vs. chemical ingredients, etc., I think all American kiddos figured out pretty quickly that peeps were the type of food meant for playing with rather than eating. :)

A Scattering said...

I suspect if you let it sit out for a day or two it will probably mummify into quite a resilient little critter, but don't quote me on that. Better to travel with than eat - they have a very chemical taste that's hard to get off your tongue. Happy travels!

Tabor said...

My former boss used to squirrel these away in her desk drawer and then eat them after they got dry and chewy!! go figure.

carma said...

Oh, I bet you'll have lots of fun with this -- and so much more portable than 32 oz. jar of cheeseballs :D

carma said...

GAH! computer was blinking after I left comment - hoping it went through...

JoeyRes said...

I'm bewildered by people who enjoy eating Peeps. I think you have a much better plan!

Chad Zahara said...

Hehehe good idea!

Aidan Donnelley Rowley said...

I love this post! And I LOVE Peeps. I think I need to go buy some now!

erin - heart in ireland said...

i love this! the competition made me laugh when i saw it last year :) i'm not a fan of peeps, but i got them every year in my easter basket!

can't wait to see your travels!

ps. the new boy might work for a certain candy company...

italianmamachef said...

I am glad you get to participate in the contest and I will be following his travels along with yours. I love peeps. Last year I dipped a bunch in dark chocolate and they were heavenly. Now the Peep people make them and sell them at a ridiculous price. I'll just keep making mine.

Holly said...

That's funny...I never heard of that. I think Peeps are cute...but taste yucky!

Mrs Gloves said...

Love this! I can't wait to see where you guys go.

Steph @ A Grande Life

The Good Cook said...

I love peeps. Perhaps if you need more this US citizen could send you a whole package! I must admit, my favorite are the yellow chicks - but this makes no sense because they all taste the same.

My youngest likes to put one in the microwave - marshmallow in a microwave - they puff up BIG!

magically ordinary said...

Sounds great! But, be careful when Peeps age they get either very hard or the sugar gets very icky! Make sure he is travelling in a plastic bag!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love peeps! They're so cute!

Dave King said...

Sounds fascinating. Keep a tight rein on Peeps, though...

bellsknits said...

oh boy that's too funny! What an adventurer!!

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