Last year, Carlinville, Illinois-based Prairie Farms delighted us (sort of) with its new seasonal product: jellybean milk. Obviously, those mad scientists had to top themselves, and they've done it with one of the most iconic and, dare we say it, controversial Easter-related treats ever: the marshmallow Peep.
Prairie Farms also has a milk-processing plant in Hazelwood, so rest assured we are getting the freshest marshmallow
juice milk possible. There are three flavors: Peeps marshmallow, Peeps chocolate marshmallow and Peeps Easter egg nog. The milks will be available beginning this week at stores "throughout the Midwest," along with Prairie Farms' recipe contest.
That's right -- you're encouraged to try the milk in your coffee (?) and cereal (??) to "express [your] PEEPSONALITY in new ways this spring," according to a release. The recipe contest, which lasts from March 9 to April 5, requires the use of at least one Prairie Farms product and your favorite Peep. Five random submissions will win a prize package every day, plus weekly Easter basket prizes, which will contain $250 in cash, $100 toward Prairie Farms products and a $250 in product donations to your choice of food bank.
As with the jellybean milk, the Peeps milk has a thicker consistency than regular milk. The first two did have a distinct marshmallow flavor, which ended up tasting more like melted ice cream (vanilla and chocolate, respectively). It's easy to see why this would appeal to kids.
The egg-nog milk was less delightful -- then again, we're not huge fans of egg nog in general, so that might be the reason why. Oh well. Maybe it'll perk up with some Irish whiskey.
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