National Peanut Butter Lovers Day


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Hard and crunchy peanuts boiled and crushed into our beloved peanut spread

Peanut butter has most likely seen all of our breakfast, lunch, and dinner plates in the form of the classic PB&J.

However, most people tend to never dig deeper into the savory spread and how it made its entrance into the American lifestyle.

While peanut butter did not originate in the United States, it quickly placed its stake in our culture after its discovery and patent in 1895.

The cereal pioneer with a last name we have all grown familiar with, John Harvey Kellogg, pioneered the peanut butter idea in modern America. Kellogg’s compound involved boiling and grinding nuts to form a butter-like paste for patients at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, a spa for all types of ailments.

The original patent was not exclusive to just peanuts, however; Kellogg even experimented with almonds which happened to be cheaper and easier.

Kellogg used the help of Sojourner Truth, Henry Ford, and Amelia Earhart to propel peanut butter to a level of delicacy in the late 1800s.

Joseph Lambert, an employee at the Sanitarium, set out to manufacture and distribute peanut butter on a much grander scale.

Lambert created the machinery to boil and grind peanuts at a much larger scale, launching the Lambert Foods Company.

Soon after, peanut butter was mass-produced and cycled its way throughout the country, ending up in nearly every American home in the modern-day, having a huge effect on nearly everyone’s life.

Senior Zach Bellmer shares a deep love for the tasty paste.

“Peanut butter hits different,” Bellmer says. “Whether it be through peanut butter and jelly or even just a spoonful of peanut butter, it’s a good source of protein and has (provided) many meals for me as a child.”

Peanut butter made its commercial debut on March 1, 1990, in the United States, therefore the date was dubbed National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.

Now the question is: how do you celebrate this incredulous holiday?

You could invite some friends over and enjoy a creamy peanut butter potluck, or walk in Elvis Presley’s footsteps and enjoy a peanut butter and banana sandwich; If nothing else appeals, however, you could always dish up the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich and enjoy the holiday your own way.