Mardi 26 Mars NYC Peeps vs. Paris Poussy Mallows
Vivian threw down the gauntlet when she commented:
Is this your first Easter in France?
Hope you'll be OK without Peeps to get you through.
It doesn't take much for me to rise to a challange when it's tossed my way. But finding a Peeps equivalent in Paris or my quartier has proved harder than expected. These Lindt milk chocolate chicks will not do no matter how nice they taste.
Nor this adorb but inedible candle from Monop...
I did enfin find the 'Peeps' of Paris at the bulk candy shop on bd de Grenelle - les Poussy Mallows. But what to do with 4.5 pounds of marshmallow chickens? This is definitely de trop.
Usually I cover the higher end of the Easter chocolate range in Paris. I have to admit after several months here (when in Rome...) I've succombed to the unavoidable lollipops everywhere. These chockie chicks are irresistible non?
Gerard Mulot can be depended upon to make huge luscious chocolate hens and matching eggs for Paques.
The fried egg look is Very In this Paques season. Witness these rather distressed chocolate hens at Georges Larnicol sitting on someone's sunny side up!
At Galeries Lafayette you can get your sunny side up egg still in the skillet (all chocolate of course).
Chocolatier Weisse has their choc eggs tied up with a cow ribbon! Don't ask why.
Top chocolatiere Pierre Marcolini has the chicken or egg issue covered with his combo solution.
Back to the misbegotten Parisian Poussy Mallow, which though physically more mature than the NYC Peep chick, is missing an eye and lacks the overall definition of its competitor. Peeps have an annual "Peep Off" competition held in Maryland on the first Saturday after Easter.
And Peeps has become a part of the urban vernacular.
One can refer to 'my peeps' meaning pals. A good example:
I bought some Peeps for my peeps.
Peeps even have their on Wikipedia description.
There is one positive thing to be said for the Parisian Poussy Mallow. Do a Google search and some pretty attractive cats will show up unasked for.
If you've seen Poussy Mallow in your quartier in manageable quantities let me know. I'll be there in a flash for a taste testing. Otherwise I'll do without. 150 marshmallow chickens is just too much even for me.
Just say the word oui o non.