By Houa “Manifesto” Vang, Contributing Writer
“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:
- Peanut butter was first imagined in 1890 by a St. Louis doctor creating a peanut paste for bad teeth.
- George Washington Carver developed more than 300 ways to use peanut in 1903.
- Krema Products Company, now Krema Nut Company, in Columbus, Ohio is the oldest manufacturer of peanut butter since 1908.
- Peter Pan Peanut Butter was the first patent peanut butter that stayed fresh up to a year.
- Skippy was the first to produce crunchy-style peanut butter in 1932.
- Jif is the world’s biggest peanut butter plant, producing 250,000 jars daily.
- Archibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter stuck to the root of your mouth.
- Five hundred forty peanuts make one 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
- Americans spend almost $800 million per year on peanut butter.
- 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
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
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
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.
See what social media has to say about through the hashtag, #PeanutButterLoversDay, and follow the official accounts:
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