National Peanut Butter Lovers Month



Morgan Hall

The Ashland Beacon


   November is National Peanut Butter Lovers month, so whether you love the smooth or sometimes crunchy variety of peanut butter... peanut butter lovers can unite in adoration for P.B. this month.

   The history of peanut butter is often credited to George Washington Carver, who was an inventor and scientist that aimed at bettering the nutrition of American farmers. Carver considered peanuts to be a wonderful source of nutrition and actually gave farmers recipes using peanuts as an ingredient. 

   According to National Today, Rose Davis started making peanut butter in New York City in 1840, after her son reported to her that he had seen Cuban women grinding peanuts and spreading them on bread. Actually, information has come to light that the Aztecs may have used this way of producing peanut butter all the way back to the 15th century. 

   In 1884, The first person that was actually credited to create the smooth creamy substance was Marcellous Gilmore Edson, who was a French Canadian man. Some 14 years later the king of cereal, Kellog, began mass production of this delightful snack for elite society members and even served as a protein source in wealthier hospitals. Now peanut butter is a reasonably priced and protein packed snack for the masses.

   In the spirit of celebration, make yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich this month. You can find endless ways to incorporate peanut butter into your recipes. If you don’t like peanut butter, you could try almond or cashew butter as a substitute. 

   This month, be adventurous and try a new peanut butter brand. You could even try a peanut butter that has mix-ins like jelly, honey or even cookie pieces. You really can’t go wrong with any of these options. 

   In my family, no bake cookies are a staple. When I married my husband back in June of 2005, I acquired his grandmothers no bake cookie recipe and we make these cookies often. It can be made with pantry staples that most bakers would already have on hand and you can whip up a batch in no time. If you’re headed out and about for an office party or small gathering, this recipe will come in handy. It’s definitely a party favorite that everyone always enjoys to nosh on. 

   In conclusion, peanut butter lovers unite this month in their love for peanut butter. Whether you’re a fan of the smooth variety or the crunchy variety, peanut butter is a pantry staple that we all know and love.