National Peanut Butter Day

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!!


Brad Pitt loves peanut butter.


When someone says they don’t like peanut butter.


Peanut Butter Fun Facts!






By the Numbers

  • There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
  • Delta Airlines purchased 69.6 million packs of peanuts for its passengers in 2013
  • By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
  • The world’s largest peanut butter factory churns out 250,000 jars of the tasty treat every day.
  • Four of the top 10 candy bars manufactured in the USA contain peanuts or peanut butter.
  • Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
  • Peanuts are the #1 snack nut consumed in the U.S., accounting for two-thirds of the snack nut market.


Consumption Facts

  • The Huffington Post (Sept. 2014) asked, “What makes the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich?  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.
  • The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year.
  • The amount of peanut butter eaten in a year could wrap the earth in a ribbon of 18-ounce peanut butter jars one and one-third times.

Peanuts Made Famous

  • Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • Astronaut Alan Shepard brought a peanut with him to the moon.
  • Peanut butter was the secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse. Spreading peanut butter inside the horse’s mouth created a natural talking movement every time the animal moved his sticky jaws.
  • Former President Bill Clinton confessed that one of his favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and banana; also reported to have been the favorite of Elvis “the King” Presley.

World Records

  • Grand Saline, TX holds the title for the world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich weighing in at 1,342 pounds.
  • Adrian Finch of Australia holds the Guinness World Record for peanut throwing, launching the lovable legume 111 feet and 10 inches in 1999 to claim the record.
  • In August 1976, Tom Miller, a University of Colorado student, pushed a peanut to the top of Pike’s Peak with his nose(14,100 feet!). It took him 4 days, 23 hours,47 minutes and 3 seconds.


How do you like your peanuts?

  • People living on the East Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer the crunchy style.
  • Sixty percent of consumers prefer creamy peanut butter over crunchy.
  • Peanut butter is the leading use of peanuts in the USA.
  • “Boiled peanuts” are considered a delicacy in the peanut growing areas of the South. Freshly harvested peanuts are boiled in supersaturated salt water until they are of a soft bean like texture.


Nutrition Facts

  • Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut.
  • Peanuts and peanut butter contain over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.
  • Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free.


In our Language

  • Goober—a nickname for peanuts—comes from “nguba”, the Congo language name for peanut.
  • There are over 700 known phobias. Archibutyrophobia (pronounced A’-ra-kid-bu-ti-ro-pho-bi-a) is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
  • “Peanut Gallery” became popular in the late 19th century and referred to the rear or uppermost seats in a theater, which were also the cheapest seats. People seated in such a gallery were able to throw peanuts, a common food at theaters, at those seated below them. It also applied to the first row of seats in a movie theater, for the occupants of those seats could throw peanuts at the stage, stating their displeasure with the performance.


Wanna hear a peanut butter joke?  Nah…you’ll just spread it around.





What’s your favorite peanut butter candy?  Mine is a Reeses Cup

What flavor jelly do you prefer on a PB&J?  I know it’s weird but I love apple butter.

Crunchy or Smooth?  Smooth

What’s your favorite brand of peanut butter?


Join the Conversation

  • http://crazyrunnerblog.wordpress.com joannaraines

    I LOVE reeses… And will eat any kind of peanut butter, straight from the jar!

  • http://www.ksrunner.com Sarah @ KS Runner

    Reeses is my favorite peanut butter candy. Yum. I go thru phases where I will only eat creamy/crunchy. I can’t say I love one better than the other. I like strawberry preserves on mine, but apple butter is really good too! Skippy Natural has the best flavor, imo.

  • http://readeatwriterun.com M @readeatwriterun

    Love this post! I miss PB (no legumes on paleo). My DH is a huge PB fan (and a PB/strawberry guy, how he grew up). I’m a grape jelly/jam sandwich person – how I grew up – but raspberry can be good. Never tried apple butter.

    Candy – Reese’s FTW!
    Brand of PB – Growing up, Jif smooth. My grandparents had Skippy (eh). Now, if I did eat it, it would be a natural variety. TJ’s had a great one with flax but last time I tried it on (on my nonpaleo indulgence) they’d added chia and it wasn’t as good.

    OTOH, I recommend – you’ll love me or hate me – the Reese’s spreadables which might actually be sold in the PB aisle in some places. It’s Reese’s in spread form in a jar. Since I had it and an actual Reese’s cup (milk, haven’t tried dark) in the same week, I discovered the spread is actually BETTER if such a thing is possible! Has little peanut pieces in it and can be put on pretzels (or eaten straight out of the too-small jar). Didn’t get to trying it on toast but I bet it would be amazing….it’s very very dangerous to have around though.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I saw the commercial for the Reese spread and wondered if it was good. Im definitely going to buy a jar…it wont last long!!

  • http://willrunforpizza.wordpress.com willrunforpizza

    Oh my gosh i’m dying. This is hilarious. Creamy all the way. My ABSOLUTE fave? Earth Balance coconut peanut butter!!!!! I love reeses cups too, but I like the Unreal, Justin’s, or Newman’s Own brands!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Ive never tried the Earth Balance Coconut peanut butter, but im adding it to this weeks shopping list…thanks!!!

  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

    I used to eat a lot of PB&J, but now I’m all about PB and bananas…I eat it in oatmeal, on toast, and on pancakes. I love all kinds of peanut butter….I buy smooth the most and reserve crunchy for when I really feel like a change. My friend asked me to pick my all-time favorite type yesterday and I still haven’t been able to pick!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love it in oatmeal, too!

  • http://gravatar.com/kristinwaterbu kristin w.

    Ahhh, I’m a huge peanut butter junky and I love Reese’s peanut butter cups and creamy peanut butter!!! However, my husband is severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, so I rarely indulge anymore :-(

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Oh no…that has to be so tough:(

  • suzysuzyheather

    This is a hilarious post! I love crunchy peanut butter but I put smooth in my oatmeal with milk chocolate chips. I’m super healthy like that.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love it in oatmeal, too!!

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  • http://eathostrunstyle.blogspot.com Sun

    I cannot believe I somehow missed National Peanut Butter Day! I think this means I get extra today 😉

    My favorite peanut butter candy is also Reeces Peanut Butter Cups and I like crunchy peanut butter best. My absolute favorite peanut butter is from a company in Oregon – Bliss Nut Butters. So good!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      You should definitely eat extra pb to make up for it!

  • http://www.mommiesrun.com Cecilia @ MommiesRun

    Can I tell you the saddest thing ever? My girls who are in kindergarten, can’t take PB to school. Apparently some poor kids in their classes have severe peanut allergies. I made it through 13 years of school eating PB every single day! I too love Reese’s PB cups, and I’m totally in love with the new Reese’s spread!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Wow! I loved pb&j’s in my lunch box. I must try the reeses spread…everyone is raving about it!