Happy National Peanut Butter Day – January 24th

National Peanut Butter Day

January 24th

We all know what peanut butter is right? That yummy creamy paste made up of grinded peanuts? Well, today on January 24th we celebrate that lovely delicious creation. So make sure to eat a pb&j sandwich or make some peanut butter cookies today! Find a way to work peanut butter into your day!

Did You Know …

  • The United States is a leading exporter of peanut butter and one of the largest consumers of peanut butter annually per capita.
  • Peanuts are a great source of antioxidants like manganese, vitamin E, and B vitamins and low in carbs.
  • Grinding peanuts into paste has been traced to the Aztecs and Incas.
  • 1884 – Marcellus Gilmore Edson was the first to patent peanut butter in 1884.
  • 1895 – John Harvey Kellogg patented a “Process of Preparing Nut Meal” and served peanut butter to the patients at his Battle Creek Sanitarium.
  • 1902 – The first peanut butter cookies recipe, by Mrs. Rorer’s New Cook Book suggested making peanut butter cookies out of rolled peanut butter balls.
  • 1917 – American consumers used peanut products during periods of meat rationing, with government promotions of “meatless Mondays”.
  • 1922 – A chemist named Joseph Rosefield invented a process for making smooth peanut butter that kept the oil from separating by using partially hydrogenated oil. He licensed his invention to the company that created Peter Pan peanut butter” in 1928 and in ” 1932 he began producing his own peanut butter under the name Skippy”. He also created the “creamy” and “chunky” peanut butters.
  • 1933 – A recipe for patterned Peanut Butter balls, which directs the cook to roll the dough into balls and press them down with the tines of a fork, was published in the Pillsbury’s Balanced Recipes.
  • Women and children prefer creamy peanut butter, while most men opt for chunky.
  • In the US, food regulations require that any product that is labelled “peanut butter” must contain at least 90% peanuts.
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • The average peanut farm is 200 acres.
  • The average adult eats 3 pb&j sandwiches a month and will eat almost 3,000 PB&Js in their life, according to a 2016 survey by Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter.
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating from high school.
  • Two peanut farmers have been elected president of US, Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • Elvis Presley and Bill Clinton have both said that peanut butter and banana are their favorite sandwiches.
  • There are six cities in the US named Peanut. They are in the states of, California, Pennsylvania, Tennessee; and West Virginia.
  • Little Brownie Bakers, cookie bakers use approximately 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week to bake Girl Scout’s Do-si-dos and Tagalongs.
  • Archibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
  • The nub between two peanut halves is an embryo
  • There are four different types of peanuts – Runner, Valencia, Spanish and Virgnia.
  • In a high-pressure environment, peanut butter can be turned into diamonds. Learn how Dan Frost did it here.
  • World Record: The most peanut butter eaten in one minute is 378 g, and was achieved by Andre Ortolf (Germany), in Ausburg, Bavaria, Germany, on November 17, 2017. 
  • World Record: The most peanut butter cups eaten in one minute is 8, and was achieved by Kevin “L.A. Beast” Strahle (USA) in Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA, on 24 May 2017.
  • World Record: The world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich, made in Grand Saline, Texas weighing 1,342 pounds.
  • Most Expensive PB&J Sandwich: Chicago restaurant PB&J offers the ‘world’s most expensive’ peanut butter and jelly sandwich complete with gold leaf-dusted bread and fancy jam, It will cost you $350.

  • Peanuts aren’t really even nuts, they are legumes.
  • Most peanut butters are vegan and gluten-free.
  • 75 percent of the homes in America have a jar of peanut butter in the cabinets or pantry.
  • About 1.3 percent of the American population is allergic to peanuts.
  • There are a couple holidays for peanut butter: January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day, June 12th is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day and November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month.

How Peanut Butter is Made

Sources for this article: Wiki, National Peanut Board, Guinness Book of World Records, Sweet Tooth Design Company. Tree Hugger, Pixabay, Robb Report

Happy Peanut Butter Day!

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