Peanut butter is a perfect food, and on March 1, we honor that perfection with National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Peanut butter’s superb performance as a food comes from its versatility: it can be crunchy and it can be smooth; it’s healthy, but it’s also indulgent; it can go sweet, but can also go savory. We like it for every meal — peanut butter toast for breakfast, peanut butter sandwiches for lunch, peanut sauce for dinner, peanut butter ice cream for dessert — and our dogs might love it even more than we do. Celebrate peanut butter with the peanut butter lovers in your life!
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Why We Love Peanut Butter (and National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day)
A. It’s part of some iconic duos
Is there any food more versatile than peanut butter? It’s superb just out of the jar, but pair it with other foods and it really shines. Think about the iconic duos: Peanut butter and toast, peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and celery, and of course, peanut butter and chocolate.
B. It’s sticky
Peanut butter may stick to the roofs of our mouths, but it also sticks to our ribs! Eat a piece of peanut butter toast for breakfast and you’re guaranteed not to be hungry until lunch. Need some protein on the go? A spoonful of peanut butter will keep you satisfied!
C. It’s classic and comforting
Is there any food more comforting than a peanut butter sandwich? Add your favorite jelly for some sweetness, or some marshmallow fluff for some super sweetness, or keep classic with just the peanut butter and bread. One bite and we’re instantly taken back to a simpler time.
How to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
1. Host an Elvis Presley-themed peanut butter party
Elvis was the original peanut butter lover, so celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day by throwing a nutty bash complete with The King’s greatest hit’s and his greatest recipe: the Fool’s Gold Loaf, which consists of an entire loaf of Italian bread, stuffed with a jar peanut butter, a jar of grape jelly, and a pound of bacon.
2. Invite friends over for a peanut butter potluck
Experience the full range of flavors that complement peanut butter by having your friends each make a dish featuring peanut butter. Some ideas: African peanut soup, udon noodles with peanut sauce, chicken satay with peanut sauce, homemade peanut butter cups; homemade peanut butter ice cream, and of course, homemade peanut butter!
3. Make it peanut butter jelly time
Pick up a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, and a jelly of your choice and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for everyone in your office or class. Pile them high on a platter, slip them in plastic baggies, or for the ultimate in nostalgia, slice them up and wrap them in wax paper.
Favorite Peanut Butter Recipes
Peanut Sauce — Epicurious
We love this classic peanut butter sauce on chicken, noodles, rice, and anything!
Homemade Peanut Butter — The Kitchn
Step-by-step instructions for making your own batch of the good stuff.
Peanut Butter Cups — Taste of Home
Our favorite chocolate and peanut butter treats get the DIY treatment.