National PB&J Day

pbj3I didn’t know that we had a National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day in the United States, but I’ll be happy to celebrate it.  I missed out on Pie Day (March 14th) so this might make up for it.

Portland, Oregon, is a national leader in food trucks (they are an obsession here), and we have one that is dedicated to grilled PB&Js.  They might inspire you to be a littled more daring with your PB&Js.  Some of the menu offerings are:

  • PB with roasted jalapenos, bacon and cherry jam
  • PB and blueberry jam and bacon inside of French toast and covered with maple syrup
  • PB and strawberry jam with cream cheese and bananas
  • PB with orange marmalade, crispy cocnut shrimp and sriracha, curry and basil

They make their own nut butters (offering walnut and hazelnut along with peanut) and their own jams.  We have an huge berry industry here, so they source those locally. (PBJ’s Grilled website)

Here are some fun facts about peanut butter:

  • A St. Louis physician, Dr. Ambrose W. Straub, crushed peanuts into a paste for his geriatric patients with bad teeth in 1880.
  • There are over 700 known phobias. Archibutyrophobia (A’-ra-kid-bu-ti-ro-pho-bi-a) is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
  • In the early 1900s, peanut butter, having been a hit during the 1904 World’s Fair, was considered an elegant food served in Manhattan tea rooms – can you imagine?PBJ
  • While roughly 45% of the average 330 calories are from fat, most of them come from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which have been linked positively with heart health and is naturally cholesterol-free.
  • The average American will have eaten 1,500 peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) sandwiches by the time they graduate high school.
  • Both peanut butter and jelly were on the U.S. Military ration menus in World War II, and some have suggested that the GIs added jelly to their peanut butter to make it taste better. It was an instant hit and returning GIs made peanut butter and jelly sales soar in the U.S.
  • One in four kids prefer their PB&J without a crust and ¾ of parents cut sandwiches, 40% diagonal and 31% horizontal.
  • 96% of people, when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, put the peanut butter on before the jelly
  • 10 billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches can be made from the amount of peanuts consumed by Americans in a year.
  • Grand Saline, TX holds the title for the world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Weighing in at 1,342 pounds, this PBJ sandwich is the reigning champ since September 7, 2002.
  • There’s a peanut on the Moon thanks to Astronaut Alan Shepard.
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.pbj2
  • Each Snickers candy bar contains about 16 peanuts.
  • 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.
  • Sixty percent of consumers prefer creamy peanut butter over crunchy.
  • Rumor says that there’s enough mental stimulation in one peanut to produce 30 minutes of serious thinking. That may or may not be true, but peanuts are a good source of protein and the B vitamins, nutrients that help prevent “brain fatigue”
  • Goober—a nickname for peanuts—comes from “nguba”, the Congo language name for peanut.
  • “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.

Enjoy!

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

4 thoughts on “National PB&J Day

  1. Very informative post. Peanut butter is not as popular in Australia as it is in the US, and it is not traditional to eat it with jam (jelly), though some do of course (because of American shows).
    I enjoy a peanut butter sandwich on occasional (crunchy), but would *never* put jam with it – urk, too sweet!!

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