Gifts for National Peanut Butter Day

  • Jan 24, 2023

Whoever thought you could mash peanuts into a thick paste and eat it must have been a genius. Thanks to their ingenuity, we now have peanut butter. Millions of people around the world love it. In America alone, 299.34 million people consumed peanut butter in 2020, which further cements peanut butter's reputation as one of America's staple foods. 

We're betting peanut butter is one of your favorite protein fixes, but have you ever wondered how it was created in the first place and who discovered it? Let's find out.

The peanut plant likely originated in South America, perhaps Peru or Brazil. When the Spanish were colonizing the New World, peanuts began to spread and became immensely popular. It was brought to North America during the 1700s. Peanut butter, according to several historians, has been around since the time of the Aztecs. The Incas and Aztecs crushed roasted peanuts into a paste, which was different from the peanut butter we know today.

John Harvey Kellogg, a nutritionist, and doctor introduced peanut butter to the public when he patented a form of peanut butter in 1895. When people were having trouble chewing solid meals, he advertised this as a healthy alternative. He helped elevate peanut butter to the status of a gourmet treat, and his customers included prominent figures such as Amelia Earhart and Henry Ford. Peanut butter, which made its debut at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair was also a popular source of nutrition for soldiers in both World Wars.

Now that you know a brief history of peanut butter. It's time to indulge in the simple pleasures in life and partake in artisanal, mouth-watering treats. This Hot Cocoa Bar Kit comes with four mugs (perfect for get-togethers!), peanut butter chips, caramel squares, peppermint sticks, and hot cocoa packets. Perfect for showing how much you appreciate your employees and customers! 


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