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Holy Peeps! Elaborate candy creations hop to silly heights

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery — and if that’s true, Richard Chin, a feature writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, should be wildly flattered. As Easter approached back in 2004, Chin launched the first-ever newspaper-sponsored Marshmallow Peeps Diorama Contest. Since then, similar Peeps contests have reproduced like bunnies all over the country, and scores of people across the land have gotten unbelievably creative with marshmallow bunnies and chicks. Take a peep at some of their weirdest and wildest efforts, including a visit to stately Peepton Abbey, a glimpse of a delicate medical procedure to separate conjoined Peeps, and a commercial for an erectile dysfunction product starring Peeps.

"Peepton Abbey"? The murder scene from "In Cold Blood"? A beloved marshmallow treat provides the perfect artistic medium for funny, creative types.