Today we celebrate one of America’s most favorite foods with some facts about peanut butter:
- We eat more than seven hundred million pounds of peanut butter a year!
- The fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth is called arachibutyrophobia.
- In addition to creating corn flakes with his brother W. G. Kellogg, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg also claimed to have been the inventor of peanut butter. He’s not the only one to claim that, but he is one of the first. Kellogg filed a patent in 1895 for a peanut-based food compound which he called nut butter.
- Even though peanut butter had been around since the late 1890s, it got a huge publicity boost at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. C. H. Sumner sold peanut butter to fairgoers and made a profit of $705. That’s about $20,000 in today’s dollars.
- It takes 540 peanuts to make one jar of peanut butter.
- Peanut butter is good for cleaning leather shoes. Put a small dab on a soft cloth and rub it in. The oils in the peanuts will make it shine. But be careful, it will also make your dog want to chew it more than they already do.
My dad’s favorite peanut butter sandwich was peanut butter, mayonnaise, and dill pickles. What weird things do you put on your peanut butter sandwich?
Read more peanut butter facts in There’s No Ham in Hamburgers