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No Halloween Peeps: Manufacturer Peeps has stopped producing candy due to the coronavirus



Just Born Quality Confections, the company that makes Peeps, says its holiday-themed treats won’t be in Halloween candy baskets this year – and they won’t be in Christmas stores.

Halloween Peeps – shaped like pumpkins, ghosts and monsters – and Christmas Peeps will not return to stores until 2021. The company will miss Valentine’s Day extensions next year.

Pumpkin peeps will not be available this Halloween.

The company, based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in April suspended production of its candy brands. The suspension was made to protect the health and safety of their employees during the coronavirus pandemic, Just Born said in a statement to CNN.

The company said it resumed limited production in May after making changes to its plant to ensure employee safety.

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“This situation has led to the difficult decision to abandon the production of our seasonal candies for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day in order to focus on meeting the expected huge demand for Peeps for next Easter season, as well as our daily candies,” according to the company statement.

Chicken-shaped spades are especially popular during Easter. Before the pandemic, about 5.5 million Peeps were produced every day, approximately 2 billion a year.

The break in production also applies to the seasonal varieties of fruit candies of the company Hot Tamales and Mike and Ike.


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