January’s full of national holidays that celebrate our favorite foods and snacks and on January 24 we get a bit nutty celebrating National Peanut Butter Day!
This OG spread has literally been around damn near forever. In the BC days, it was more of a paste and not nearly as creamy and didn’t really become popular until the 20th century.
In any case, we owe it all to four men for making peanut butter the sticky and scrumptious snack it is today: Marcus Gilmore Edson, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, Dr. Ambrose Straub and Joseph Rosefield.
In 1884, Edson developed a process to make peanut paste using roasted peanuts. Still not sounding nearly as appetizing, cereal connoisseur Kellogg patented a more refined method of making peanut paste in 1895.
Just a few years later, Dr. Straub patented a peanut butter making machine in 1903 for the legume, and it would be first introduced to audiences at a concession stand at the 1904 Universal Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri.
The man who really changed the peanut butter game and made us all fall in love with the spread was Joseph Rosenfield. In 1922, using homogenization, Rosenfield was able to keep the peanut oil from separating from the peanut solids. He later sold the patent to a company, and that company began making what we now know of as Peter Pan peanut butter. He went into business for himself and started selling Skippy peanut butter through Rosenfield Packing and even supplied peanut butter for military rations during World War II.
Today peanut butter is known to be a good source of iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, B6, and niacin. It’s also packed with tons of protein and is rich in healthy monounsaturated fat.
Whether you like it creamy or crunchy(a common debate that we find can get heated at times), with jelly or Nutella(so good) or eat it straight from the jar with a spoon on a lazy Saturday binging on Real Housewives, here’s some of our favorite tweets, memes and jokes all about peanut butter.
— PB Crave (@PBCrave) January 4, 2018