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National Peanut Butter Day

Woo-Hoo! I know you've all been waiting for it anxiously and finally it's here! Today is National Peanut Butter Day! Maybe I'm being a bit too enthusiastic about the whole thing, but I mean come on, who doesn't love a little peanut butter every now and again? Did you know that peanut butter was originally created to perform the same function as toothpaste way back in 1880? Or that peanut butter and jelly was a result of World War II? Apparently soldiers were given peanut butter instead of meat due to enforced rationing. The soldiers added jelly to make it taste better and viola the all American sandwich was born. To celebrate National Peanut Butter Day, I've rounded up a bunch of fun facts about peanut butter so

  • Following the regulations stated by the U.S Food and Drug Administration, 2 rodent hairs are allowed in every 100 grams of peanut butter. (Ewww, isn't that gross?!)
  • In Holland peanut butter is called pindakass which translates to peanut cheese. The Dutch government protects the word butter so the peanut butter makers had to improvise and substitute cheese for butter.
  • Apparently there is a sandwich called the fluffernutter (what a funny name! I should tell GiggleSugar, she would have a field day) that pairs peanut butter with marshmallow creme (if anyone has tried this please tell me about it below).
  • You probably already know this, but one of Elvis' favorite foods was a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich (has anyone ever tried this?).
  • I would love to know the scientific explanation behind this one: creamy peanut butter can be used to remove gum from hair and clothing.
  • Boscul Peanut Butter glasses - which were originally glass jars of peanut butter from the 50s - are a sought after collectors item.
  • Peanut butter has been banned in many schools all across America because of the severe allergic reaction that may occur to those who can not eat peanuts.
  • For peanut butter to be real it must consist of at least 90% peanuts.
  • While Americans prefer peanut butter, Europeans favor nutella.

Know a crazy fun fact about peanut butter that I failed to list here? Tell me about it por favor! I love busting out with these meaningless pieces of trivia at a dull dinner party.

SassyK SassyK 9 years
Nutella is awesome. I still love peanut butter though- I bought peanut chips (like chocolate chips) today and I'm going to bake them into my peanut butter cookies.
RacerWife7 RacerWife7 9 years
Marshmallow Fluff is STILL available (Google it). Fluffernutter sandwiches are a HUGE staple in my house. Both my husband (who has a big sweet tooth) and my boys love them! (And so do I, but I try to stay away from all that sugar. I'll stick with THIS sugar, instead) *wink*
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I eat Skippy Peanut Butter Rockin. I store it upside down to let the hydrogenated oil settle to the bottom. It works for Nutella too. But for natural ones, there is "Teddy's" and "Peanut Butter & Jelly Co." that I know of. Nutella goes well with powdered sugar, nuts, fruit...(I sound like Bubba from Forrest Gump: STOP ME!!!)
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I like Nutella too RockinHeart :-) Goes well with crepes and fruit
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Oh, Peanut Butter!
RockinHeartJD RockinHeartJD 10 years
I LOVE peanut butter!! Nutella is great, but doesn't do the same thing for me like peanut butter. My friends from Paris think I am crazy that I can't eat nutella everyday- just one of those things. I have a question for everyone though! I just recently became a vegetarian, and as part of my protein, I like to occasionally eat peanut butter and crackers, or a pb&j sandwich when I snack... what is your favorite brand of peanut butter??? I am looking for something that is all-natural/organic and better for me than normal Jiffy or the off-brand stuff. Oh, and I love crunchy! Email me for help or anything you can offer! Thanks!
Food Food 10 years
This is going to sound so weird, but growing up, my dad was always fond of feeding us peanut butter and sliced dill pickle sandwiches. i know, i know, it sounds atrocious, but oddly the combination works.
aistea311 aistea311 10 years
mmmm now I want a pb and banana sandwich. I always have to have peanut butter in my house. it doesnt go bad, and its the perfect snack with bananas. Or strawberry jam, not jelly:)
cheergrlad cheergrlad 10 years
I can't believe you've never had a FlufferNutter! You have to try itt.. peanut butter on one side of the bread, marshmellow fluff on the other slice of bread. You'll love it! & when I took French in high school, whenever we had a party in class NUTELLA was always present :) It's truly delicious!
yayita yayita 10 years
love it!! lets all stick it to the roofs of our mouths
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Peanut butter is a staple in our pantry. We probably love peanut butter more than our kid!
BrunetteSugar BrunetteSugar 10 years
I LOVE peanut butter! Its probably one of my favorite foods. I always have some at home and always a jar in my desk drawer at work. Yummy Yummy! Nutter-Fluffer was new to me until my step-dad had my mom start making them for him. Now we all love them. Majorily sweet though
miss-matilda miss-matilda 10 years
oh man I was raised on fluffernutter sandwiches!!!!! They are still by far my favorite sandwich of all time. They are wicked popular here in New England. When I lived in Florida for a few years my dad had to mail me Fluff as I couldn't find it while living in Miami.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 10 years
Fluffernutters are awesome!! It was always a staple in my lunches growning up and still is.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
I LOVE nutella! Peanut butter is nice too, but its too sticky and dry! Nutella is sooooo cramy, I know alot of really good nutella recipes by the way. Maybe I'll post them for you guys to get hooked like me.
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