Interesting that these two holidays would be on the same day this year. January 24, 2014 is National Peanut Butter Day.
Peanut butter is a staple in over 90% of US households and the
average person consumes more than six pounds of peanut products each
year. Women and children prefer creamy peanut butter, while most men
go for the chunky variety.
George Bayle, a St. Louis snack food maker, started making peanut
butter in the 1890s. For many years, manufacturers struggled with
the oil separating from the grainy solids of the peanut butter. In
1923 Heinz became the first company to homogenize the peanuts into
the spreadable butter we know and love today.
It takes 550 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter. It is
the high protein content that causes peanut butter to stick to the
roof of your mouth.