Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Unlikely Success Of Sweet Lemonade Peeps!

The Good: Flavor is very true, Supports a good charity
The Bad: Comparatively expensive (compared to other Peeps), Lack of nutritional value.
The Basics: Just Born’s Sweet Lemonade Peeps are, as surprising as it is even to me, arguably the best, most true-to-flavor marshmallow Peep!

Lately, it seems like one of the candy companies that has been working the hardest to diversify its product line is Just Born. Just Born is the company that makes Peeps marshmallow candies and when my wife and I went to Minnesota in September, we discovered a new (to us, at least) flavor of the Peeps: Sweet Lemonade. I’m not a huge fan of lemonade, so I went into the experience of trying the Sweet Lemonade Peeps with lowered expectations.

Interestingly, despite not being terribly excited by the concept of Sweet Lemonade Peeps, I found myself thrilled by them! Trying the light yellow Sweet Lemonade Peeps, I discovered that Peeps managed to create the most true-to-life flavors of their product line!


Sweet Lemonade Peeps are a lemonade flavored marshmallow candy that were available last summer. We found the two-pack of Sweet Lemonade Peeps for $2.00, which is comparatively expensive for two (non-chocolate coated) Peeps marshmallow candies!

Each Sweet Lemonade Peep is almost two inches long by 1 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" tall and they are sugar-coated marshmallow candies. The sugar coating is light yellow and they are bird-shaped.

Ease Of Preparation

Sweet Lemonade Peeps are pretty simple to prepare. Simply unwrap the plastic on the plastic tray and pull out the marshmallow Sweet Lemonade Peeps. It's that easy. More often than not, the Sweet Lemonade Peeps are gooey on the underside. Simply pulling out each Sweet Lemonade Peep and eating them is all the prep this candy requires.


The Sweet Lemonade Peeps smell strongly of lemons. The citrus scent is powerful and indicative of lemonade. Just Born knows how to make consumers anticipate; these Peeps smell exactly like what they are supposed to!

The Sweet Lemonade Peeps taste immediately sour when placed on the tongue! The flavor is not at all unpleasant as the sourness shifts to a sweet and citrus lemonade flavor. The marshmallow flavor is entirely sublimated to the juice flavor of the lemonade flavoring. Fortunately, the sweetness of the Sweet Lemonade Peeps does not overwhelm the fruit flavor and this is one of the most distinctive flavors of Peeps candies!

The Sweet Lemonade Peeps have a slightly sour aftertaste that lasts on the tongue for about three minutes after the last Peep is consumed.


Sweet Lemonade Peeps are not supposed to be a bastion of good nutrition. The two Sweet Lemonade Peeps in a tray represent a single serving. A serving has 70 calories, none of which are from fat. There are 10 mg of sodium and no protein. There are no vitamins or other nutritional benefits to Peeps.

Sweet Lemonade Peeps are primarily made of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin. Sweet Lemonade Peeps are gluten free and are not Vegan compliant considering there is gelatin and may contain milk. There is nothing overly unfamiliar in the ingredient list, so these are not the worst candies ever.


Sweet Lemonade Peeps are easy enough to store. The Sweet Lemonade Peeps I bought last autumn had an expiration date of February 2015 before I ate them up. Keeping them at room temperature or below seems to keep them fresh for a long period of time.

Clean-up is as easy as wiping up the sugar that falls off them. So long as the Sweet Lemonade Peep does not melt onto anything, clean-up is that easy. Like the preparation, there is nothing hard about storing or cleaning up after this candy.


Sweet Lemonade Peeps are surprisingly delicious and they taste exactly like Just Born promised when they named them!

For other Peeps candies, please check out my reviews of:
Bubble Gum Peeps
Dark Chocolate Covered Peeps


For other food reviews, please visit my Food And Drink Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2015 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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