in #CASE you were curious about: Peanut butter
January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day!
As a country, we LOVE our peanut butter. As proof, consider that it’s a staple in over 90% of American households. In fact, Americans spend almost $800-million a year on peanut butter.
Still not convinced? The average person consumes more than six-pounds of peanut products every year. And kids? The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
And then there’s the classic argument: chunky or smooth. Folks with the National Peanut Board say women and children prefer creamy peanut butter, while most men go for the chunky variety.
So who can we thank for all this? St. Louis snack food maker George Bayle, who started making peanut butter in the 1890s. For many years, manufacturers struggled with the oil separating from the grainy solids of the peanut butter. Fast forward to 1923 and Heinz became the first company to homogenize the peanuts into the spreadable butter we know and love today. Before long peanut butter was a classic American food.
For the record, did you know that it takes 550 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter? Peanuts are cholesterol free and an excellent source of protein. In fact, it’s the high protein content that causes peanut butter to stick to the roof of your mouth.
How can you celebrate National Peanut Butter Day? Bake some peanut butter cookies, spread some tasty peanut butter on toast, or enjoy a spoonful right out of the jar!