10 curious facts about peanut butter

August 2020

Here are some curious facts about your favorite spread.

1. Peanut butter as we know today was invented around 1890 by Canadian chemist Marcellus Gilmore Edson. He patented peanut butter in 1884, after conceiving a paste with a butter-like consistency from milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces.

2. Short after that, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s (the same person from Kellog’s cereal) created a process for manufacturing peanut butter from raw peanuts. In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri, invented a peanut butter-making machine.

2. 90% is the minimum peanut content in any product labeled ‘peanut butter’ in the US.

4. You need a bit more than 500 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.

5. Peanut butter is consumed by 94% percent of American households today.

6. This all-time favourite has then been awarded with two days on the American calendar: the National Peanut Butter Day, on January 24th, the National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, on March 1st.

7. Elvis Presley was famously known for adding bananas to his PB sandwiches.

8. By the time they graduate high school, American kids will have eaten roughly 1,500 PB&J sandwiches.

9. 96% of Americans put the peanut butter on before the jelly on their PB&J sandwiches.

10. In 17th November 2017, German Andre Ortolf entered the Guinness World Records after eating 378 grams of peanut butter in on minute.