Saturday, April 2, 2011

Happy National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day

In 1880, a St. Louis physician, Dr. Ambrose W. Straub crushed peanutes into a paste for his geriatric patients with bad teeth. At the 1893 Chicago World's Fair it gained exposure and popularity. In 1903, Straub received a patent for a "mill grinding peanuts for butter." That same year, Bayle Food Products of St. Louis purchased the commercial rights to the physician's peanut spread and then went on to become peanut butter's first vendor.

To celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, we enjoyed peanut butter milkshakes with a dollop of Mom's homemade raspberry jelly.

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