No question about it. We need an entire month dedicated to our affection for this delicious treat. This November, we are excited to celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month — the perfect time to satisfy all of your peanut butter cravings. We’ve collected some fun peanut butter facts and ideas that are sure to help you celebrate to the fullest.
National Peanut Butter Lovers Month - History
No need to stir
Joseph Rosenfeld came up with a way to produce peanut butter in order to keep the ingredients from separating. Later, he would go on to market his own product under the Skippy brand name.
Nationwide peanut butter branding
Beech-Nut became the first major brand to market and sell peanut butter
A more efficient way to make peanut butter
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (yes, the famous cereal guy) patented a streamlined process to help move production along.
Peanut butter paste
Marcellus Gilmore was the first person to patent a peanut butter paste.
Making it old school
New York's Rose Davis began making peanut butter after her son saw Cuban women grind peanuts and smear the smooth paste on bread.
National Peanut Butter Lovers Month Activities
1. Make a PB&J
Peanut butter pairs well with tons of different foods, but the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich reigns supreme. We can't begin to list all of the possibilities.
2. Start a peanut butter lovers club
Connect with others in your area and host a club that meets periodically to discuss recipes and all things relevant to peanut butter.
3. Try a new kind of peanut butter
Creamy vs. crunchy? That's so yesteryear. Today there are peanut butters mixed with honey, chocolate, and even cookie pieces. If nothing else, simply try some different brands.
5 Peanut Butter Facts To Chew On
1. We like it...a lot
The average American eats about three pounds of peanut butter per year.
2. No nuts here
Despite their name, peanuts are actually legumes, not nuts.
3. Shelling out the cash
Americans spend nearly $800 million per year on peanut butter.
Archibutyrophobia is the name for the fear of getting a big gob of peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
5. Rising popularity during the war years
Peanut butter was an easy way to get nourishing protein to troops, so peanut butter sandwiches were a big hit. Peanut butter has been popular ever since.
Why We Love National Peanut Butter Lovers Month
A. Peanut butter works any time of the day
Whether you're slathering peanut butter on your morning toast or baking a late-night batch of sweet and crunchy PB-inspired cookies, peanut butter is a 'round-the-clock treat.
B. Peanut butter is good for you
Peanut butter's heart healthy, may reduce the risk of colon cancer, helps protect your memory, and is high in protein and potassium.
C. Elvis was stuck on peanut butter
The King couldn't help falling in love with this treat. As a boy, Elvis' favorite snack was mashed peanut butter and banana on toast.