10 Fun Facts for National Peanut Butter Day


Peanut Butter is a beloved staple in many American homes. For National Peanut Butter Day, we celebrate this ubiquitous childhood favorite with 10 fun facts about peanut butter.

  1. Two former U.S. Presidents were peanut farmers; Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.

  2. The phrase “Peanut Butter and Jelly” was first written in 1901 in a recipe in the Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics.

  3. The world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich, made in Grand Saline, T.X., weighed 1,342 pounds.

  4. The peanut plant is unusual because although it flowers above ground, it fruits below ground.

  5. One acre of peanuts can make 30,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

  6. If you took all the peanut butter eaten by Americans in a year, it would cover the floor of the Grand Canyon.

  7. Harry Burnett Reese, an inventor and former farmer, invented the Hershey’s peanut butter cup in 1928.

  8. In three states in the U.S. there are 6 cities named after the peanut, they are in California, West Virginia, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

  9. Peanut butter in Dutch is called “Peanut cheese” because the word butter is only supposed to be used with products that contain actual butter.
  10. When making peanut butter, the heart of the peanut is taken out because it’s too bitter. The peanut hearts that are collected are put into birdseed.