Kate's Corner: Growing Peeps

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BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) - It's Easter time so Peeps are everywhere. I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about this candy but I think everyone will be entertained by doing just one thing to them. That is putting them in the microwave.

Now we are only looking to grow our peeps and not blow them up so we are only putting them in the microwave for 30 seconds, 45 seconds tops!

You'll notice after just a second in the microwave, the Peep starts to grow. After a few seconds, the Peep was 4 size its original size.

So why do Peeps grow 4 times their size after under 30 seconds in the microwave? Well, Peeps are mainly just marshmallows. Marshmallows are really just air bubbles surrounded by water and sugar. In the microwave, the water molecules are vibrating faster and faster and heating up. As they heat up, the water molecules become steam and fill those air pockets which expands the Peeps.

Shortly after you take the giant Peeps out of the microwave, they deflate. They turn dry and crunchy because some of that steam and water evaporates and escapes.

Have fun with your Peeps whether you're eating them or growing them in the microwave.