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Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month: Paying homage to the spreadable treat

pb photoI don’t need a specific month to celebrate peanut butter. Nope. In fact, I celebrate it almost every day! But since November is Peanut Butter Lovers’ month, it seemed only natural (get it?!) to write about it.

I have the whole peanut butter situation on lockdown, and as it turns out, there is most likely a peanut butter gene that has been passed down from generation to generation on both sides of my family. So, join me as I pay homage and work my way from tame treats to what some people may call just downright weird.

Peanut Butter on my Crackers!

Graham crackers, that is. This was a tradition that came from my Dad’s side of the family, where ‘peanut butter was always in the cupboard’ when he was young. The best part? Making a peanut-butter-and- graham-cracker sandwich and dipping it in milk until the sandwich becomes so soft it ALMOST breaks off (please note: this technique is also great for Oreos and Christmas cookies). I have fond memories of eating this for dessert with my brother, pushing the cracker to the ‘break point.’ This was followed by a frantic run to the silverware drawer for a spoon while yelling ‘Mayday! Mayday! It was never thought of to get the spoon before you start dipping it in milk…that was half the fun.

Peanut Butter on my Toast!

Now, most people probably wouldn’t think twice about putting peanut butter on toast. That’s normal, right? The difference is I dip mine in syrup! This came from my Mom’s side of the family, a breakfast treat her father ate when he was a child. I was a huge breakfast kid, so I would have three, or possibly even four, pieces of toast, cut in half and dipped in a small bowl of warm syrup. It really doesn’t get any better than that. Or does it?

Peanut Butter on my Pancakes!

I remember the moment like it was yesterday. It would change the way I saw breakfast…forever. I was in 7th grade and I had just spent the night at my friend Whitney’s house. It was morning and breakfast time and pancakes were on the menu. And, being a breakfast connoisseur, I was quite familiar with the breed (or so I thought). I was a spoiled child, blessed with a talented and loving mother who would make delectable apple pancakes. It was always a treat growing up when she would make these for my brother and I. Smothered in butter and doused in a fair serving of (lite!) syrup, it is a nostalgic part of my childhood. Then of course, there’s the classic chocolate chip pancake, which was mmm…right up my alley. Last and probably least, you have the plain buttermilk pancake. This never did it for me. That morning at my friend’s house, however, took plain pancakes to a whole new level. Whitney’s father put peanut butter ON TOP OF the pancake. It’s hard to believe, but I initially scoffed at him for suggesting such a ludicrous twosome. ‘Don’t knock it ‘till you try it!’ he said. From that day on, peanut butter went on my pancakes. Then, in a pure stroke of genius, I got the idea to put peanut butter on top of chocolate chip pancakes. It’s like a Tastykake!

Peanut Butter on my Ice Cream!

Those that know me know that I love peanut butter on ice cream. Doesn’t matter if I’m at the local ice cream shop or scooping a bowl at home…I will melt my own peanut butter and pour it on. The peanut butter doesn’t go on just any kind of ice cream though, oh no. It goes on Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. I will pause for a moment and let you process that. Is your look of disgust gone yet? I can’t tell you how many people I come across that find that absolutely horrid. Now, what I don’t understand is, how can you not love that combination?! Peanut butter and mint were born to be together, at least in my eyes. Let me propose another PB&M combo that will perhaps tickle your fancy: peanut butter on thin mints.

Leave it to me to write a whole blog on peanut butter. Somebody else out there has to have some interesting PB combos or nostalgic family treats, right? Feel free to share and rid me of the notion that I am simply a peanut butter freak. Thank you.

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22 Responses to Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month: Paying homage to the spreadable treat

  1. Claudia says:

    Peanut butter and banana! Talk about a match made in heaven. I often eat this as a quick breakfast, or an after work snack, or dessert. Heck, anytime is the right time for a banana with peanut butter!

    1. Kim says:

      I love peanut butter on gingersnaps and on a Ritz cracker topped with a pickle!

      1. Patricia says:

        i LOVE the idea of a pickle on peanut butter! I cannot wait to try it.

    2. Danielle says:

      For lunch i’m having an english muffin toasted with pb and sliced banana on top! But yeah, that is normally a breakfast meal for me :)

      1. Danielle says:

        And Kim…how did we not know about your PB and pickle snack?! That is sooo much weirder than mine! haha

  2. missy says:

    we love to eat peanut butter, chocolate chips and banana sammies or wraps – they’re the best!

    1. Danielle says:

      This sounds awesome…not sure why I’ve never tried it before!

  3. Patricia says:

    Peanut butter and apples. Peanut butter and oatmeal. Peanut butter and noodles with sliced cucumber – this is a variation on the Chinese dish of cold peanut noodles. YUM!

  4. Rita says:

    Peanut on the large Shredded Wheat cakes and topped with bananas and milk!! My Grandmother used to dothis and put warm coffee on it instead of the milk. So good!!!

  5. Jessica says:

    You aren’t the only one who eats PB on mint chocolate chip ice cream! I melt that over Skinny Minty and I LOVE it! I also dip Thin Mints in PB…it has the same flavor. :)

    1. Danielle says:

      THIS IS AWESOME! And I almost think Skinny Minty is better than regular mint choc chip ice cream.

      1. Jessica says:

        I agree!! :)

  6. Tess says:

    When I was pregnant with our first child, one month all I craved was pb&j every night after dinner. Gained quite a bit of weight that month. So, I decided to forget the bread and just have my pb&j in a custard cup. I still like to have peanut butter that way – even my grown kids will it eat that way if not directly from the jar. Great snack – somewhat sweet but also salty.

  7. Nancy says:

    I am a peanut butter and celery or apple girl.. Love them both!!!

  8. Renee says:

    I’m a peanut butter freak as well. But this one is going to blow your mind. But when I was a kid, I used to put peanut butter on my pizza. But not just any pizza, Nardone’s pizza. I wouldn’t recommend slapping some peanut butter on a meatlovers pizza from Domino’s. Just plain Nardone’s cheese pizza. I haven’t done this in a very long time, so I’m not sure if I still find it appealing. And to go along with your peanut butter and graham crackers, next time you make a smores, spread some peanut butter on the cracker. It’s to die for!

    1. Danielle says:

      Peanut butter on pizza?! That is definitely something I’ve never heard of before! And I don’t think I’m willing to try it!!

  9. Summer says:

    Peanut butter dipped in a bowl of sugar! My friend and I would sit and watch movies on the couch with a jar of peanut butter, a big bowl of sugar and two spoons. We dipped the spoon into the jar, and then into the bowl of sugar. We would do this until we were both sick.

    1. Patricia says:

      That’s like eating raw cookie dough for pb cookies – sounds delicious!

  10. Kathy Wiley says:

    I love to dip baby carrotts & pretzels in PB. My husband’s favorite is spreading PB on lebanon bologna in a sandwich or just rolled up.

  11. mary nicholson says:

    Here is a quick PB Cookie recipe. It surprisingly uses no flour. Mix 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of Peanut Butter, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 egg together. Drop by spoonfuls unto cookie sheet. Bake 350 for about 12 to 15 minutes.
    It makes about 2 dozen cookies and they are delicious.

  12. Karen Murphy says:

    Our dogs love PB too! Every night when we arrive home from work they sit quietly while we put a big spoonful of peanut butter in their Kong dog toys. They know that they need to “take it outside” to enjoy it as it can get a little messy. We always have a big jar of peanut butter labeled “Dog PB” in the pantry.

  13. Ericka says:

    I love Oreo’s dipped in peanut butter it’s the best!! Or to do S’mores with peanut butter on one side of the graham cracker and then the normal chocolate bar and marshmellow! Yumm!!

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