Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Let the great debate begin… Crunchy or Smooth?

I’m a person who can’t live without peanut butter. It’s part of my every day (in a cup with chopped up banana). I’m 100% on board with chunky. But if there’s nothing else available, of course, smooth will suffice. It’s a topic that divides this country. Which one are  you nuts about? And what’s your preference for pairings?

Let’s celebrate this great day with some fun facts and recipes.

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  • How Many Peanuts Does it Take To Make?

    It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.

  • How much PB are we consuming?

    The average person will eat almost 3,000 PB&Js in their lifetime, according to a 2016 survey by Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter. And the average adult eats 3 PB&Js every month.

  • What bread, what combo, and what kind of Peanut Butter Do we like best?

    Accoring to the Huffington Post, results show: 36% say strawberry jam is favorite (grape is 31%); favorite bread is white bread (54%); favorite type of peanut butter is smooth (56%) and a whopping 80% like their PB & J with the crust left on the sandwich. 

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  • Presidential Peanut facts

    Did you know two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson and Georgia’s Jimmy Carter.

    Another fun fact: Former President Bill Clinton says one of his favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and banana; also reported to have been the favorite of Elvis  Presley.

    Jimmy Carter Shovels Peanuts, GA, 1970s.

    American politician Jimmy Carter looks up while shoveling peanuts on a peanut farm, 1970s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • Peanut Town

    This is fun! There are 6 cities in the United States named Peanut. Here they are: Peanut, CA; Lower Peanut, PA: Upper Peanut, PA; Peanut, PA; Peanut, TN;  Peanut, WV

    Wow. They sure do like their peanuts in Pennsylvania.

     

  • Peanut Country

    Did you know country music super star Luke Bryan grew up on a peanut farm? In fact, he shared with Country Fancast, “People are like, all the time, they’re like, ‘How are you riding on your tour bus? Doing shows? Aren’t you just exhausted?’ I’m like, ‘Nah, not really. If you’d like to work for [my father] Tommy Bryan at the peanut mill for three months out of the year, a hundred hours a week, I can give you a crash course in exhaustion. Peanut dust in your ears and your nose and your throat.”

  • East vs. West

    Those of us (not me) living on the East Coast apparently prefer creamy style peanut butter, while those on the West Coast like their crunchy.

     

  • We like it THIS much!

    According to the National Peanut Board, every year Americans eat enough peanut butter to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon! Think about that.

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  • Recipe #1 Peanut Butter Logs

    Taste of Home has some great peanut butter recipes. Check out this sweet treat!

    Peanut Butter Logs

    Total Time Prep: 20 min. + chilling Makes 6 dozen These peanut butter logs have definitely stood the test of time. My husband has been enjoying them since he was a toddler! -Micky Faginkrantz, Ft.

  • Recipe #2 Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake

    Is this real life? Yum.

    Peanut Butter 'N' Jelly Cake

    I made this fun and flavorful peanut butter and jelly cake for my son's first birthday. He just turned 33, and he still has to have his favorite treat. Kids of any age have a hard time turning down peanut butter and jelly-especially when it comes tucked into cake and frosting!

  • Recipe #3 PB&J French Toast

    Hey, it’s not just for lunch. Try this one for breakfast this weekend.

    Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast

    3/4 cup peanut butter 12 slices bread 6 tablespoons jelly or jam 3 large eggs 3/4 cup 2% milk 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter Spread peanut butter on 6 slices of bread; spread jelly on the remaining 6 slices of bread. Put 1 slice of each together to form sandwiches.

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