Punxsutawney Phil makes his depressing prediction nearly every year: Keep the coats and snow shovels handy because there's likely to be at least six more weeks of winter. Isn't it time some other critter, one with a much sunnier outlook, became the harbinger of spring?
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Candy canes rule Christmas, M&Ms have a lock on Halloween, and for Easter there are Peeps. In fact, even if you don't observe Easter, chances are you know Peeps—the sugar-coated marshmallow dollops intended to resemble baby chicks. The leading treat of the Just Born Candy Co., Peeps turned 60 last year.
While Peeps has been an Easter treat for six decades, who knew that 30 percent of the iconic marshmallow chicks are bought to make cool creations like dioramas, bonnets and birdhouses?