Company Says There Won't Be Holiday Peeps Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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If you're a person who loves, loves, loves Peeps - you know the spongy marshmallow treats around the holidays - you're in for a shock. 

Turns out the holiday versions of the famously shaped Peeps you see lining up the aisles of grocery stores and drug stores across the U.S. will not be made for Halloween and Christmas this year, according to a story from Fox News Thursday.

It's due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks, 2020.

"Just Born, the company that produces Peeps, confirmed that the holiday marshmallow treats will not be produced this year, along with holiday varieties of Mike And Ikes and Hot Tamales," the Fox News story reported.

In a statement to Fox News, "a spokesperson for Just Born said, “While Peeps Marshmallow Candies, Mike And Ike and Hot Tamales would typically be available in fun shapes and packaging sizes for the Halloween and holiday seasons, unfortunately, the seasonal varieties will not be in stores again until 2021."

“This situation resulted in us having to make the difficult decision to forego production of our seasonal candies for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day in order to focus on meeting the expected overwhelming demand for Peeps for next Easter season, as well as our everyday candies," Just Born told Fox News.

In March, Just Born said in a news release "Just Born is taking precautionary steps related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have set up an internal task force to regularly monitor the domestic and worldwide impact of the virus and are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local and state health and government authorities and the World Health Organization."

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