Peanut butter, peanut butter, oh how I love thee, peanut butter. I love thee on raw apple slices, on sandwiches with jelly or apple butter or honey, in chocolate candies, in cookies and pies and cakes, and even in savory dishes like Thai food. I would like to shake the hand of the man or woman who one day decided to put peanuts in a grinder and ultimately created thee magical spread.
I love thee crunchy or creamy. I even love thee in the reduced fat version if that’s what I must eat. I love that eating thee gives me energy from protein and good fats, but I do not like that I must stop eating thee after a couple of tablespoons or else I’m liable to be shaped like a giant peanut. That might be the only drawback.
November is National Peanut Butter Month, and to celebrate that, the folks at Jif are having a contest for little peanut butter lovers. Kids can invent a sandwich that includes peanut butter as an ingredient and enter the recipe at www.jif.com. It’s called the Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest, and last year’s winner was Jordyn Boyer, who created a peanut butter chicken cheesesteak po’ boy with chicken, peppers, onions, apples and mozzarella cheese.
Jordyn won a $25,000 college scholarship, kiddos. And the deadline to enter is November 13, so put on your thinking caps and drag Mom and Dad into the kitchen and start playing around with peanut butter. You never know what it may do for thee.