Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Peeps du Paris

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.
Who knew?
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.

37 comments:

  1. Some real cute shots in here!
    I like the "sunny side up," "the chicken or the egg", & that cat is a cutie, looks like a Russian Blue I had not too long ago.

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  2. I can't understand how you stay so thin! Must be all that running around Paris finding all these goodies!

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    1. The pool is helping alot as does the camera on the iPad.
      It gets between chocolate and my mouth!
      Indecision too is a big factor.
      How to choose?

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  3. Oh yes please Carol, I can never get enough of chocolate, even though at the moment I need to just look at it, NOT eat it. ahem ! Spring outfit I can only just squeeze into, Not good. I love to 'leche les vitrines' of 'les chocolaterie'

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    1. hit since there is less sense of urgency now that I'm living here...
      Haven't even looked in Fauchon in ages or La Maison du Chocolat!
      Heavens I've been remiss.
      I'll keep an eye out for the dear Poussy Mallow while I'm at it too...

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  4. Carol I so love these glimpses of Parisian Easter you give us. Fried eggs in fashion! Who knew? Interesting about their lollipop fixation. I must say I think I would be happy never to try peeps, they look distressingly terrible.

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  5. Hey, Carol. How about Peeps Brulee? http://www.salon.com/2010/04/03/toasted_peeps_brulee_recipe/

    I might even buy a torch to try this...

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    1. But the main ingredient is Peeps!
      No gots :(

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  6. More in Easter chocolate in Paris, please!

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  7. I'd never heard of Peeps, but fancy the idea of a peep-off between them and their Parisian cousins. And oui, s'il te plait, more Easter creations in Paris!

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  8. Anonymous7:38 AM

    Yes please, more Easter chocolate or Easter windows, love seeing them,
    thankyou for asking, x

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  9. You have just given me an idea..of how to top off my Easter Cheesecake..that I sit a chocolate hen on..:) maybe..
    Love your aquarelle..and that cute pepper shaker.:)
    I find Easter.. is cute as a holiday..I understand and believe in the holiness of it also..but ..the cute factor of chicks and bunnies charms me.

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    1. You got it Monique!
      Easter in Paris is major big time CUTE!
      Even go so far as to say cutsie!
      Kind of shocking franchement

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  10. Anonymous9:38 AM

    Wonderful. You are familiar with the annual Washington Post peeps contest? Every year, people construct dioramas (remember from elementary school?) using peeps. They are remarkable. Here is the web site. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/peeps
    Follow this year's contest and winners.
    Great fun and you don't have to eat the peeps.
    Love your blog.
    I miss Paris.
    Joel

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    1. This is the first time I ever heard of it Joel and I lived in NYC a long time...almost makes me homesick...

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  11. Well, if it comes to a Peep-off between American Peeps and the chocolate alternative, you know where I stand! I'm liking all yours better, but then from where I sit, the only good Peep is one with a stick in it, either decorating a centerpiece or roasting over a fire!

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  12. .. cute post .. I'm trying to stay away from Peeps this year ... tres difficult ... you are perhaps lucky that those wonderful little things are not tempting you

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  13. Anonymous10:00 AM

    My goodness Carol, you really do have a SWEET tooth. Peeps are horrific doesn't this stuff have corn syrup in it. LOL. I do like chocolate though.
    Bisous!
    Noelle

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  14. Great post! Love all the yellow.
    I can't stand peeps, LOL!

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  15. I feel sad for all those poor Parisians who can not know the joy that is a fresh Peeps on Easter morning (or any day of the Easter season).

    Ten years ago when my sister was in the Peace Corps in the Crimea I sent her Peeps so she could show her Ukranian friends something about American culture that could stand up to their own traditions of intricately decorated eggs. Peeps: says it all.

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    1. Paris much closer than the Crimea hint..hint

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  16. Le Poussy Mallow s'mores!

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  17. oui oui oui
    more Easter Chocolate shots!!!

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  18. Hope you find some peeps. Did you look at the American grocery there? I love seeing all the Easter windows of the pastry shops and chocolate shops. My goal is to be there one Easter to see them in person! Till then I enjoy yours.

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  19. Louise11:09 AM

    Mais Oui, s'il vous plait.

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  20. Oui....more please

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  21. I have a confession to make...just between you and me....I don't like Peeps. Never have. I am not a Communist; I just don't like Peeps.
    Even with my shortcomings, I can help you with the indecision. I have a tried and true system: When in doubt, get one of everything.

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    1. Jeanette, I much prefer my system..
      When in doubt RUN away.
      Saves calories and €€€s

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    2. I think I have a problem with anti-Peeps people...

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  22. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Yes, yes, yes!!! More sugar items of any kind. a couple years ago I was in Paris right after Easter and the decorations were still up at Angelina's. I was so glad to see them. So lovely the lambs and chicks and bunnies! have fun!

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  23. After Jeanette, I have a confession. Shh. I hadn't even heard of Peeps. There, I've said it. Enjoy all the windows. I've had tons of fun today staring at them all and drooling...

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    1. Peeps are penny candy of the marshmallow family
      I guess it's 'the Madeleine of Proust' for Americans.
      We grew up eating them only at Easter

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  24. Anonymous2:52 PM

    OUI!!!
    Nanci

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  25. my sister sent me a HUGE box of peeps last Easter (some may still lurk in my kitchen) definitely miss these little marshmallows in the middle of chocolate heaven in France. also, i am very intrigued about the poussy mallows

    Karina

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  26. Love this post!! Your art is so enchanting, it makes me smile and look forward to your posts!
    Let me know where you send the little "peepers" and I would be glad to send some from the South, where Peeps go along with Ham and Grits for Easter!

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  27. You could always string the 150 peeps (minus the ones you eat) into a cheerful, yellow garland to decorate a wall with. :O)

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  28. Anonymous5:26 AM

    Too funny. I love that "the fried egg look is very in" in Paris. Only the French could pull that off, in my opinion.

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