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Play with Your Food: See the 5 Sweet Finalists of the Annual Peeps Diorama Contest

Washington Post's Peeps Diorama Contest Winners 2014
A Peeps version of Vincent Van Gogh from the The Washington Post's Peeps Diorama Contest
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updated 04/18/2014 at 05:15 PM EDT

originally published 04/18/2014 09:00AM

Spring has sprung (sort of), which means Peeps are filling up Easter baskets once again. But – as the confection's slogan states – Peeps aren't solely for Easter Sunday consumption. This treat is "Always in Season."

The Washington Post understands: Each year, the newspaper pushes this candy's adaptability to the limits with its Peeps Diorama Contest. The spring competition challenges Post readers to recreate a news story from the past year, using the iconic marshmallows as the centerpiece.

From a sugary Oscars selfie to Peeps toughing out the polar vortex, this year saw over 700 delicious dioramas. Out of these entries, the Post gave top honors to 5 of the super-sweet sculptures.

See who made it to the finals by harnessing the power of imagination and corn starch.



Winner: 'I Have a Dream': Martin Luther King Jr. Addresses the Peeple

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The Peeps Diorama Contest winner "I Have a Dream": Martin Luther King Jr. Addresses the Peeple

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, three friends from Washington, D.C., recreated the scene, using photos from the 1963 March on Washington as their guide.

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The diorama was created by Matthew McFeeley, 34, Mary Clare Peate, 33, and Alex Baker, 34

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Wanting to mimic the photos, the marshmallow artists opted to paint their peeps eight different shades of gray, instead of keeping the "natural" neon colors.

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The diorama was made in honor of the "I Have A Dream" speech's 50th anniversary

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More than 100 Peeps were used to stage this edible reenactment.

Finalist: Selfies: A Retrospeeptive

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Peep Diorama Contest finalist "Selfies: A Retrospeeptive"

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Inspired by the Oxford Dictionary naming selfie the word of 2013, Megan Doyle used Peeps to trace the photo trend through history.

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The diorama depicts the history of selfies, starting with cave paintings

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The timeline starts with cave paintings, before hopping on to family portraits and Xerox machines, finally ending at this year's oft-imitated Oscars selfie.

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This playful entry was submitted by 26-year-old Megan Doyle

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While Doyle enjoyed the opportunity to express herself, she told the Washington Post the contest was "also a good excuse to eat Peeps."

Finalist: Everyone Peeps

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"Everyone Peeps," a finalist diorama in the Peeps Diorama Contest

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For this diorama, Kate Hohman took the children's book Everyone Poops and added her own silly spin.

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Artist Kate Hohman, 36, was inspired by the book Everyone Poops

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The final product is sure to make some think twice about ordering another Fluffernutter sandwich.

Finalist: Peeping POTUS

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One of the finalist for the Peeps Diorama Contest titled "Peeping POTUS"

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The Peeps got political for this three-part diorama depicting the NSA spying on an average American family.

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This satire was made by father-daughter duo Rafael Fonseca, 57, and Maria Fonseca, 26

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The father-daughter team behind this satire were dedicated to the details, equipping each of their spies with a tiny well-tailored suit.

Finalist: Peeps Painting Peeps

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"Peeps Painting Peeps," one of the five finalist of the Peeps Diorama Contest

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Local Washington, D.C., news also inspired entries. This marshmallow-filled model is a playful take on George Washington University's takeover of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

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College students Kayla Beehler, 18, Caroline Hanlon, 18, Katherine Hanlon, 20, crafted this finalist

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The piece, which takes place in a portrait painting class, also shows that Peeps have some artistic talents of their own.

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