Inventor of Marshmallow Peeps Dies at 98

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Ira “Bob” Born, the inventor of Marshmallow Peeps, has died at 98. He also invented the machine that makes the famous Easter candies. They mustn’t have been very easy to make by hand.

They came out in 1953, and I have loved Peeps all my life. Today they stir up fond memories of my family, and little pink and yellow chicks nestled in the green plastic “grass” in my Easter basket. I know it has nothing to do with the true joy and meaning of Easter–except that everything we know as wholesome, benign, and good comes to us as the gift of God.

So I couldn’t let this go without thanking Mr. Born for something sweet and pleasant in my life. I have a couple of packs of Peeps sitting on my table as we speak. And memories. I won’t let go of those.

3 comments on “Inventor of Marshmallow Peeps Dies at 98

  1. What a lovely and heart-warming post! I didn’t have a chance to get to my computer yesterday afternoon and evening, but I’m reading your posts this morning in church while waiting for Mass and before praying the Liturgy of the Hours and my mental prayer. This post and your Psalm 11 post will add to my prayer. God bless you.

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