Ah, peanut butter. One day is not enough to recognize peanut butter. March 1st was made for National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, and the many ways the goober has been paired, blended and added with tasty results!
The creamy, nutty goodness that is peanut butter is so amazingly delicious that when we pair it with creamy and dreamy chocolate, we almost have bacon.
The slang term for peanut butter in World War II was “monkey butter”.
A monkey visited the lab at Kellogg’s one day and dipped his banana in a jar of peanut butter, and he’s been ape over the combination ever since. Actually, banana slices with peanut butter sandwiched between them and dipped in chocolate make a terrific snack.
Peanut butter and bananas was a combination even fit for a king. Elvis Presley was a peanut butter and banana sandwich lover.
Then peanut butter got its passport and traveled the world. It paired up with some shrimp and got a little saucy. The result is a Thai peanut butter shrimp that is so yummy it had to be true love.
Things heated up a little when peanut butter jumped into the stew pot to sweat it out with a spring chick seasoned with some cayenne. African Chicken Peanut Stew has never been the same.
Some of the best times peanut butter has ever had is with marshmallows. The result is the best tasting fudge around.
Fun Peanut Butter Facts:
- It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
- Peanut butter was first sold in the United States at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner. He sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was introduced to America in 1928.
- The oldest operating manufacturer and seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since 1908.
- Peanut butter was the controlling secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse.
- Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
- January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.
- The USA produces about 6% of the world’s crop of peanuts: by comparison India and China, together, produce about 70%.
- West Coast people prefer chunky peanut butter, whereas those in the East Coast people like creamy.
- Peanuts account for two-thirds of the total snack “nuts” consumption in the USA.
- 96% of people, when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, put the peanut butter on before the jelly.
- Two presidents of the USA, Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson, were peanut farmers.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Fall in love with some peanut butter or a new peanut butter combination. Try peanut butter and apples. Or maybe fried peaches and peanut butter. Try one the recipes above. Or how about peanut butter and bacon. Use #PeanutButterLoversDay to post on social media.