Fun Facts about Peanut Butter and Jelly

Americans have been enjoying peanut butter sandwiches since the late 1880’s when physician Ambrose Straub first started to grind peanuts into a paste for his geriatric patients who had trouble chewing solid foods.  The ground peanut sandwiches tasted delicious and it didn’t take long for Americans to add something sweet.  And voila!  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches quickly became all the rage and Americans haven’t stopped eating them since. 

After Straub got a patent for his peanut mill in 1903 he sold all the rights to Baylee Foods in 1904 and the company debuted peanut butter at the World’s Fair.  World War I soldiers carried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with them onto the battlefield.  In the 1920’s and 30’s American markets started seeing brands like Peter Pan and Skippy being produced commercially.

Today peanut butter and jelly remains a favorite sandwich found in lunchboxes everywhere.  They are inexpensive to make, nutritious and taste delicious.  So if peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a favorite of yours here are some peanut butter and jelly facts that you may find very interesting:

Make peanut butter is the leading use of peanuts in the US.  Peanuts add about $4 billion to the annual economy. 

To get Mr. Ed to talk producers used what else?  Peanut butter.

 November is peanut butter lover’s month in the United States.

Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.  Maybe Mr. Ed suffered from arachibutyrophobia?

Americans spend over $800 million per year on peanut butter. 

The largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich every made was made in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on September 7, 2002.  It weighed in at over 900 lbs.  It contained 350 pounds of peanut butter, and 144 pounds of jelly.  The rest was bread. 

 It takes 540 peanuts to make just one 12 ounce jar of peanut butter. 

Demographic studies have been done by peanut butter manufacturers to find out who likes what type of peanut butter.  This is what they discovered.  Men prefer chunky peanut butter.  Women prefer creamy.  The east coast in general, likes creamy peanut butter while generally speaking the west coast prefers chunky.  How do you compare with your neighbors?

American’s favorite type of jelly?  Strawberry and grape are the most popular by far. 

The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts/peanut butter per year. 

So how do you rate as far as your favorite type of peanut butter?  What about how you like to eat your peanut butter and jelly?  Or maybe you like just peanut butter sans jelly. Lots of people use honey, bacon, bananas, etc in place of jelly.  However you enjoy your peanut butter sandwich; with or without jelly, you should have peace of mind knowing that you are enjoying a nutritious snack and that you are contributing to the success of America’s farmers because the United States is the biggest producer of peanuts in the world.

Reference:
1. Peanut Butter and Jelly History – 11 Things You Didn't Know about …
2. Peanut Butter & Jelly – A PB&J for Every Moment – Smucker's

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