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Pay the winner some respect. Like the world they live in, Peeps have changed a lot since they were first introduced in 1953. What started as a marshmallow coated in yellow sugar and shaped like a chick is now an empire that includes retail stores, plush products, and more than a dozen different shape, color, and flavor offerings. Some of these new wave Peeps, like a blue speckled chick, inspired this year’s dioramas, while others, particularly those with chocolate-dipped bottoms, challenged the limits of our creators’ hot glue guns. This year’s finalists run the gamut, representing everything from ancient cave art to young, inspirational leaders on Capitol Hill and recent scandals that ... Full story

18 April