I just realized it’s been over four years since I last updated the world about my Marshmallow Peeps experiment. The Peeps are still encased in a glass jar and have been on my patio all along. And during that time, I’ve spent a lot of time in Abu Dhabi, walked 1,000-plus kilometers playing Pokémon Go and have had a small part of the resistance against the human Cheeto (who looks good with Peeps in his hair) that played a perfect inside straight to land into the White House.

This whole ridiculous and absurd challenge started six years ago when I scored some “vegan” marshmallows at a food show in Anaheim. Bless the vegan Chicago Soydairy option, as they did hold out for a little more than a month. By day 47, they started to harden, and 10 days later, they became a really unappealing gloppy mess. Three months later, they ended up in Silicon Valley for a while, and began to look unrecognizable. After 127 days, those poor suckers had to be finally composted.

One year later, the Peeps still held up quite well. They eventually moved with me to the Fig Garden Project in Fresno, and two years later, they still had some give.

Those Peeps may have been forgotten, but the evidence suggests they will never be gone. I opened the sad jar this evening to find that they were still bright yellow. And honestly, they will still soft to the touch and had plenty of give, despite spending four summers entombed in a janky pickle jar and forced to endure the fierce San Joaquin Valley summer heat.

The Peeps from 2011, in fact, still looked like the fresh batch I saw displayed at the local Target. The sight of all those Peeps perfectly packaged made me twitchy as I was tempted to score some for an upcoming Easter egg hunt; but then I remembered that if they could last that long in a jar, they would probably remain forever in a three-year-old’s body, too.

Stay tuned. There is an abandoned Twinkies challenge I need to follow up on as well.

Image credits: Leon Kaye

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The Peeps almost looked good enough to . . . stare at

Peeps, marshmallow peeps, vegan marshmallow challenge, Leon Kaye, Fresno, San Joaquin Valley, Fig Garden Project

Needless to say, the pooch was not impressed

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The Peeps are definitely holding up better than their glass home

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.