National Peanut Butter Day

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Peanut lovers prepare yourselves…

Thursday January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day!

From crunchy to smooth, salty to sweet. Peanut Butter knows no bounds. This nutty spread is the star of sandwiches, baked goods, breakfast dishes, smoothies, salads and more!

How did you first fall in love with peanut butter?

Was it the taste of a gooey peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Or a crisp golden peanut butter cookie?

Whatever the reason, today is the perfect time to celebrate your affection for this sweet roasted spread.

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In honour of this tasty treat, you can dig into list of unexpected facts about Peanut Butter and the humble peanut.

10 Surprising Facts on Peanut Butter

  1. This first reference of peanut butter is traced to Ancient Incas and Aztecs, who ground roasted peanuts to create a nut paste
  2. The invention of our modern-day peanut butter, is credited to three minds: Marcellus Gilmore Edson (a Canadian chemist); Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (creator of Kellogg’s cereal); and Dr. Amrose Straub
  3. George Washington Carver created over 300 uses for peanut butter, including: shampoo, glue and laxatives
  4. In the 1900s, before the commercialize of peanut butter, Peanut Butter Sandwiches were sold in lavish tea shops
  5. It takes about 540 peanuts to make one 12-ounce jar of peanut butter
  6. Peanuts grow underground (the peanut plant flowers above ground, yet the nuts grow below the soil), as a result, peanuts are sometimes referred to as ground nuts
  7. Believe it or not… Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, was a successful peanut farmer!
  8. Speaking of the U.S.A., there are 6 cities in America named after the peanut: Peanut West, Virginia; Peanut, Tennessee; Lower Peanut Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut Pennsylvania; and Peanut, California
  9. Astronaut Alan Shepard (the first American man in space), brought a peanut with him to the moon in 1971
  10. The famed Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich (one of the most popular sandwiches in North America) has been prepared/cook/baked and eaten in the form of waffles, muffins, cookies, floats, milkshakes, smoothies, fried sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, ice cream sandwiches, fresh fruit sandwiches, triple decker sandwiches, donuts and popcorn powders
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And of course… how could I leave without first sharing my favourite Peanut Butter brands?

My Top 4 Picks for the Best Peanut Butter

  1. Nuts to You Butter, Organic Crunchy Peanut – grainy, but so naturally delicious
  2. MaraNatha Organic Creamy Peanut Butter  – creamy and rich, you could eat this with a spoon all day long
  3. Earth Balance Creamy Coconut & Peanut Spread – addictive, smooth and sweet; especially good for baking
  1. WOWBUTTER – an imitation peanut butter for those with allergies, but oh so sweet and satisfying

 

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