NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY DAY! Know your PB&J memes!
Happy National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day! I love PB&J.
Ask anyone in my family-- as a kid, I was a very picky eater and survived on PB&J like Tom Hanks alone on an island spearing crabs and cracking coconuts for his lunch with Wilson.
But I digress. This blog is about my favorite sandwich slatherings, not for Tom Hanks blatherings. First thing that popped into my head on this holiday is... where in the world did the Peanut Butter/Jelly Time chant come from, and why is it a BANANA doing it?
Well, I did some extensive research for this. The Google Search alone was about 21 characters long not including spaces... and then I had to select the following KNOW YOUR MEME video. I'm quite tired now so watch this while I refuel on some PB&J-- leaving the crusts on like a savage!
MYTH BUSTED: George Washington Carver did NOT invent peanut butter!
While the brilliant GWC did many experiments and developed hundreds of uses for goobers, peanut butter was not among them. Credit for that preeminent protein paste has been attributed to these three people in chronological order.
Aztecscreated an earlier form of what could be called peanut butter, although they had some Tec-nical difficulty mass marketing it.
Marcellus Gilmore Edson patented it in Canada in 1884, eh!
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented another process for peanut butter in America in 1895 and it was GRRRR-EAT!! No wait, that was his other food.
Here's an article with that information AND MORE, including info about not one, but TWO PRESIDENTS who grew peanuts.
"YOU YOUNGSTERS HAVE IT EASY! BACK IN MY DAY, I HAD TO STIR PEANUT BUTTER!"
We've come a long way from those PB&J pioneer days. Yes, our ancestors used to have to stir peanut butter and you can still buy brands today that let you relive those glory days plus get a calorie or two of cardio.
But thankfully, SKIPPY created "hydrogenated peanut butter" back in 1932. This partially hydrogenated oil kept the concoction from separating, and made a nice, smooth spread. When combined with the PRE-SLICED BREAD, first marketed in in the late '20's, a true Wonder was born!
PEANUT BUTTER GOES TO WAR!
More accurately, A SERVING of peanut butter in MRE's (Meals Ready To Eat) is a fond memory of my 10 years in the military.
That's 250 calories of pure joy I could spread on an MRE cracker-- even better if I'd managed to secure an MRE jelly packet from another MRE or a trade with another soldier.
The National Peanut Board even states briefly that "Peanuts and peanut butter became an integral part of the Armed Forces rations in World Wars I and II. It is believed that the U.S. army popularized the peanut butter and jelly sandwich for sustenance during maneuvers in World War II." (Link)
Here's a great video to wrap up the blog featuring a rapid fire history of bread, peanut butter, jelly, and how they finally found each other and made the greatest combo in history! Even greater than the Beatles! Enjoy! ~Brian
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