T00-dah is nauh-tion-all-pee-nut-buh-ter-daaaaaaaeeee…sorry, I had something stuck to the roof of my mouth. Today is National Peanut Butter Day!
January 24th is a day where we can indulge in the sticky, lip-smacking, crunchy vs. smooth debate while we eat peanut butter rice krispy treats all day long, but hey, those are just my plans. How will you celebrate, peanut butter lovers? No matter if you prefer yours creamy, chunky-monkey, raw au-natural, or with chocolate or stuck to jelly, there’s little doubt that North Americans have loved peanut butter for generations…
1. A Source of Sticky Canadian Pride
Even though peanut butter can be dated back to Aztec times, and although many folks (even George Washington Carver) have been credited as the inventor of peanut butter….suck it Americans, the process for making peanut butter was actually invented in Canada in 1884.
According to his official patent application, Canadian chemist, Marcellus Gilmore Edson, is considered the first person to patent a finished peanut paste, which he milled roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces and cooled to the “consistency…of butter, lard, or ointment”.