by Savannah Evanoff
Many can’t imagine a life without peanut butter, so today we celebrate.
Creamy or crunchy peanut butter lovers unite for National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. Let’s get down to the facts.
These facts were found on nationalpeanutboard.org.
• Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky.
• People living on the East Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer the crunchy style.
• By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
• It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
• Peanut butter is the No. 1 food donated to food banks in the U.S.
It’s not uncommon to find a jar of peanut butter in someone’s pantry, so we asked our Facebook followers to name their favorite peanut butter treat. The No. 1 response was Buckeyes, though “(peanut butter) on a spoon” and Peanut Butter M&Ms came in at a close second and third.
Here are some of the Facebook responses and a recipe for Peanut Butter Buckeyes found at nationalpeanutboard.org.
Brittany Lynn: peanut butter milkshakes … just take your favorite pb, add vanilla ice cream, and milk then blend. It’s divine! Hmm, I think I’ll go make one now … ; )
Linda Fassnacht: Oh my word! You’re asking me to choose just one? Um, inconceivable! Reese’s of course, then Jif on a spoon, or on a banana, peanut butter fudge, peanut butter M&M pretzel treats, and on and on …
Robert Ewen: Peanut butter chews were available at California schools in the ’80s. Mmmmm.
Sandra Lundstrom: Peanut butter Rice Krispy treats!! One cup Karo syrup, one cup sugar, one cup peanut butter … melt over low heat … stir, stir stir … remove from heat, stir in 6 cups Rice Krispies … spread out on cookie sheet … cut into squares … enjoy !!
Sandra Houser Rouse: Buckeyes!
Sophia Gonzalez: Ants on a log. (Editor’s note: celery stalks filled with peanut butter and topped with raisins.)
Jeff Norton: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Gary Jacobs: Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate and Peanut Butter Beer (Porter)
Bettina Surowic Potter: Cornflake candy.
ChipandBrandi: Long cornflake candy. Awesome!!!
Missy Hamrick-Barnett: Peanut butter on a spoon!
Karen Lawrence: Peanut Butter M&M’s.
Shane Simms: Peanut Butter M&Ms.
Robin Money Bradberry: On a spoon! Lol.
Michael Vanden-Heuvel: Peanut butter on Oreos.
Cynthia Smith: Buckeyes.
Ashlee Larry: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Colleen Marie: Peanut butter eggs.
Tamara Shahan Carreira: Buckeyes!
Tee Reese: Peanut butter fudge! Yum, yum!!!
Kathryn Thomas: Buckeyes.
Shonda Carpenter Raffield: Always buckeyes.
Keri Litchhult: The AMAZING peanut butter pie at Donut Hole!!!!
Margaret Marge Bowers: Buckeyes : )
Peanut Butter Buckeyes
Time to make: 1.5 hours
Makes about 2 dozen
• 1 1/2 cups natural peanut butter (preferably just peanuts and salt)
• 1/2 stick (4 tbsp) butter, softened
• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 cups (12 oz) dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat peanut butter and butter until smooth and fluffy. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, until combined. The mixture should be thick and stiff enough so you can roll it into balls without it sticking to your hands.
Scoop peanut butter mixture by the tablespoon and roll into balls. Place on a plate or small cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Place peanut butter balls in the freezer and let chill for at least 1 hour.
Heat chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals until melted, stirring between each interval.
Remove peanut butter balls from the freezer, and dip, one at a time into melted chocolate, leaving a small circle at the top open. Place dipped peanut butter balls on wax paper and let cool in the refrigerator.
Store in the fridge until ready to serve.