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Like-Minded Peeps Bring Creative Inspiration

Remember those old Trading Spaces episodes when Genevieve Gorder used to whip out an avocado or egg drop soup and announce: "Here is my inspiration for designing your room!"? Or those Kohler commericals where the couple places a faucet on the desk and instructs the architect: "We want you to design our house around this"?

It seems that I'm not the only one who gleans creative inspiration from unlikely sources. Just today, I ripped out a page of a Pier One catalog because one line of text gave me an idea for our bon bon business that I plan to execute soon.

Another source of inspiration? Peeps. Yes, I'm talking about those neon, sugar-coated marshmallow confections (made with corn syrup, gelatin, and carnauba wax!) that are nearly indestructable. No joking. Wikipedia reports:

Peeps are sometimes jokingly described as "indestructible". In 1999, scientists at Emory University performed experiments on batches of Peeps to see how easily they could be dissolved, burned or otherwise disintegrated, using such agents as cigarette smoke, boiling water and liquid nitrogen. They claimed that the eyes of the confectionery "wouldn't dissolve in anything". Furthermore, Peeps are insoluble in acetone, water, diluted sulfuric acid, and sodium hydroxide.

For a company that prides itself in using real ingredients and no additives or preservatives, perhaps you are a bit surprised that South 'n France Bon Bons would find inspiration in such an unlikely place. But you see, it's not the actual Peeps Easter Candy that inspires us; it's what people do with them.

Every year around this time, newspapers like the The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and The Seattle Times hold an annual Peeps diorama contest (the St. Paul Pioneer Press was the first newspaper to do so). Hundreds of crafty individuals enter fabulously creative displays. Universities have even jumped on the band wagon: MIT, and even my alma mater, The University of Chicago have challenged students and alumni to use their smarts in Peeps-inspired contests.

One of my favorite dioramas pays homage to the children's classic Goodnight Moon and can be found here. As I admired the work of these wonderfully imaginative and talented individuals, I stumbled upon this humorous spoof of Beyonce's hit single: Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).

One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was on YouTube, learning about mash-ups. A mash-up is a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track. You won't want to miss this mash-up of Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) and Chubby Checker's The Twist. I think it's brilliant! And, yes, I've already used it as a source of creative inspiration....


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