By Houa “Manifesto” Vang, Contributing Writer

Sister Loc “Alpenglow” Phan shows her love for peanut butter. (Special to The Jade Times)

“Wanna hear the peanut butter joke? Nah, you’ll just spread it around,” according to an anonymous source.

March 1 is Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! Today is dedicated to showing your love for the delectable, creamy/crunchy peanut butter. The history behind Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is unknown, but peanut butter has existed since the 1890s.

Here are 10 quick facts about peanut butter:

  1. Peanut butter was first imagined in 1890 by a St. Louis doctor creating a peanut paste for bad teeth.
  2. George Washington Carver developed more than 300 ways to use peanut in 1903.
  3. Krema Products Company, now Krema Nut Company, in Columbus, Ohio is the oldest manufacturer of peanut butter since 1908.
  4. Peter Pan Peanut Butter was the first patent peanut butter that stayed fresh up to a year.
  5. Skippy was the first to produce crunchy-style peanut butter in 1932.
  6. Jif is the world’s biggest peanut butter plant, producing 250,000 jars daily.
  7. Archibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter stuck to the root of your mouth.
  8. Five hundred forty peanuts make one 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  9. Americans spend almost $800 million per year on peanut butter.
  10. Former President Bill Clinton’s and Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich is the peanut butter and banana sandwich.

There are many ways to eat peanut butter, by baking or making yourself a quick snack. Celebrate the day by eating and sharing your favorite peanut butter foods. Two recipes are provided below, featuring the classic ants on a log and peanut butter snickerdoodle.

Ants on a Log

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Ingredients:

Celery
Peanut butter
Raisins (optional)

Directions:

Cut celery stalks into two-inch pieces.
Spread peanut butter in the center of the celery.
Put raisins on top of the peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle

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Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter (softened)
½ cup peanut butter
¾ cup granulated sugar and ⅓ cup (divided)
½ cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set the mixture aside.
Cream butter, peanut butter, and three-fourths of a cup of granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a mixer until fluffy. Mix in eggs, vanilla, and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Mix in the dry ingredients. Beat just until mixed.
Stir remaining one teaspoon cinnamon and one-third of a cup of sugar in a small bowl
Scoop balls of cookie dough and roll them in the cinnamon sugar. Place on your cookie sheet. Use a fork to press the cookie down in a criss-cross pattern (two presses will be enough).
Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheets.

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