Oh hey, what’s shakin’? Did you know today, January 24, is National Peanut Butter Day? Not to be confused with National Peanut Butte Day, when isolated hills are covered in peanuts. That’s in June, I think.
I’ve been down with peanut butter since I was a toddler, when my parents tested to see if I was allergic to peanuts. Since then I’ve been devouring the stuff. Peanut Butter sandwiches? I do them up maybe twice a week. I’m not alone in my refined taste – my dog also flips for the stuff. We get him these peanut butter treats that are also wrapped in jerky. It’s the dog equivalent of Filet Mignon, I’m sure.
The majestic peanut butter sandwich is also a staple in 90 percent of American households. On the average, a peanut butter consumer will ingest six pounds of the stuff every year. That’s enough to choke a donkey (probably).
Statistics show that women and children prefer smooth, creamy peanut butter, while most men go for the chunky stuff. This makes sense because women and children are smooth and creamy while most men are nuts.
A St. Louis snack food scientist names George Bayle started making peanut butter in the late 19th century. For several years (referred to as “The Dark Peanut Age” by historians) manufacturers struggled with separating the oil from the grainy solids of the peanut butter. Then in 1923 the Heinz company (of ketchup fame) became the very first company to homogenize peanuts into the spreadable “butter” we know today.
It takes 500 peanuts to create a 12oz. jar of peanut butter. That really puts things in perspective. I’ll probably start licking the knife more often now that I know how many peanuts go into the stuff.
Have a great National Peanut Butter Day, everyone!
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