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Yesterday a friend brought me some Amish Peanut Butter spread. It is some kinda mix of peanut butter, syrup, and marshmallow cream. It’s fantastic and i’m going to have to get more. Supposedly I can get a barrel of it for $30 bucks.
Most people who know me, know that I love Peanut Butter. I’ve always loved a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but during college I discovered Peter Pan Honey Roast peanut Butter and since then I’ve been hooked. It tastes so good, that I even stopped using jelly altogether. I just pile it high on some bread and wolf it down. The bread usually servers only as a vehicle to get the peanut butter to my mouth. I have a very high tolerance for it too. Most people can’t eat peanut butter without drinking. I can eat peanut butter straight without ever needing a sip. One of my favorite meals is French Toast smeared with lots of peanut butter and soaked in syrup.
On my 21st birthday I was actually visiting New York with a friend. She offered to take my anywhere within reason for my birthday meal. In New York there are more restaurants than people, but I knew there was only one place I could eat on my birthday. Peanut Butter & Co. (www.ilovepeanutbutter.com/)
For dinner that night I had a sandwich they call “The Elvis”. It was a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich topped with honey. Supposedly Elvis loved that sandwich. That picture of me to the right, is me eating what they call “Death by Peanut Butter”. It is peanut butter ice cream with Resee’s Pieces, PB chips, PB Cap’n Crunch, and PB syrup. It was a huge bowl too. I thought I could eat it all, but I couldn’t finish. I was defeated by the most powerful peanut butter concoction ever created. If I look at like that, I actually don’t feel too bad.
On a subsequent birthday I was in Columbus, OH and a different friend offered to take me anywhere within reason. So first stop was the grocery store where we got a small jar of peanut butter and then went to a place that served pancakes. I loved it.
Below are some interesting facts about Peanut Butter.
The first patent for peanut butter was issued in the late 1800s. However, peanut butter as it’s known today began with Joseph L. Rosefield, who earned a patent for shelf-stable peanut butter in which the oil does not separate from the peanut butter. Launched in 1928, Peter Pan was one of the first brands to sell this style of peanut butter. In 1932, Rosefield had a dispute with Peter Pan and began producing peanut butter under the Skippy label the following year. Rosefield created the first crunchy style peanut butter two years later by adding chopped peanuts into creamy peanut butter at the end of the manufacturing process.(source 1, source 2)
Peanut butter today is remarkably like that made 100 years ago. It contains, by law, a minimum of 90% peanuts, with no artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. Some brands add about 7% natural sweeteners and 1% salt for taste, plus a stabilizer to keep the peanut butter fresh and the oil from separating. “Old-fashioned” or “natural” peanut butter does not have the stabilizer so the oil will separate and should be stirred back in before using. Peanut butter does not need to be refrigerated. (source)