SWEETS FROM PEEPS PEOPLE

Two popular candies made in the '60s and '70s by the Just Born Company (Peeps Parents) are being re-released this summer for a limited time only. Root-T-Toot and Cool Kids, complete with retro-looking packaging, are back as part of Just Born's 75th anniversary.

After the overwhelming response to new blue Marshmallow Peeps earlier this year, the company hopes for a similar success.

Another change is the handy dandy candy Mike and Ike Jr's and cousin Hot Tamales Jr's. These mini-sized pieces (jelly bean size) come in a "pocket pack" perfect for purses and planners.

You can join the festivities by entering the "Make a Card" contest. Kids 8 years old and under and kids 9 years old and up are invited to create an original 75th birthday card.

We called the Peeps PR person to ask "how far advanced in age" they consider an "over 9" contestant to be . . .

Grannies . . . go for it! You can win two computers - one for your-self and one for your school (or the senior citizens center of your choice).

Contest rules are on specially-marked boxes of Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales. Dec. 31, 1998, is the deadline.

URBAN LEGEND?

When Deseret News staffer Carol Macfarlane visited a doughnut shop in Japan, the locals informed her that Elvis died of a doughnut overdose.

There's more. They insisted that Japanese children are warned not to eat too many doughnuts - or Elvis.

We think that theory has a hole in it.

"NO CAFFEINE" ROUTINE

Reader Derek Jensen e-mailed us with a fact that he recently discovered, causing him to feel "used and betrayed" (not to mention, jumpy!).

"Barq's Root Beer has caffeine!"

It's true. So does Mountain Dew, Dr Pepper, Mr. Pibb, Mellow Yellow and Sunkist Orange Soda.

Minute Maid Orange Soda, Mug Root Beer and DIET Barq's Root Beer have no caffeine.

REAL KOOL GUY

Shocking, but true . . . Edwin Perkins, a chemist who developed a bunch of flavoring extracts, is THE REAL KOOL AID MAN!

Technically.

After inventing the flavors, Perkins started selling the stuff by mail-order. After several company maneuvers, his chemical wonders eventually resulted in modern-day Kool-Aid.

The cartoon "Kool-Aid Man," originally known as the "Pitcher Man," crashed onto the scene in 1975.

We prefer the pitcher, not the picture.