Did you know that March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day?
National Peanut Butter Lovers Day celebrates everything peanut butter. This tasty ingredient has been in use for over a hundred years.
According to the National Peanut Board, early versions of peanut butter date back to the time of the Aztecs.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the same guy who invented Kellogg’s cereal) first patented the process for turning raw peanuts into peanut butter in 1895. Kellogg ran a health clinic in Kellogg Michigan and used peanut butter as a high protein food for those who could not easily chew solid food.
Kellogg owed his work to two other inventors however.
Marcellus Gilmore Edison first patented a peanut paste in 1884. This was likely the basis for Kellogg’s work with peanut butter.
George Washington Carver, known as “the father of peanuts”, invented over 300 uses for peanuts, including various peanut sauces. Some historians believe that Kellogg’s work actually drew from inventions Carver came up with.
Peanut butter hit the mass markets after the invention of the commercial peanut butter machine by Dr. Ambrose Straub in 1903. This created a pathway for large scale production of shelf-stable peanut butter and its evolution into the ubiquitous sandwich staple.
So how can you celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Day in Portland Oregon?
Portland businesses are nothing if not creative and peanut butter is a favorite ingredient that most people love. Here are seven ideas for how you can celebrate your favorite peanuty spread here in the Rose City.
Get a Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon Burger
Head over to your closest Killer Burger and order their special Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon Burger. In addition to the eponymous peanut butter, pickle, and bacon, the burger also incudes mayo, grilled onion, and a house sauce.
With twelve locations across the Portland metro area, as well as Vancouver and Eugene, you can find a Delicious Killer burger near you. Don’t forget to add some tasty fries. Gluten-free buns or a lettuce wrap is also available for those of you who are gluten-free.
Try a Peanut Butter Waffle
If you love waffles – and who doesn’t? – the Waffle Window has a super delicious waffle for you. The PB & Chocolate waffle features a thick and crispy “Portland style waffle” topped with peanut butter sauce, bittersweet chocolate, and fresh whipped cream. With locations in Bridgeport and on SE Hawthorne, waffly goodness is a short trip away.
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth With Some Peanut Butter Pie
If you like a cream-based pie, you’re going to love the chocolate peanut butter cream pie at Bipartisan Café. This hidden treasure offers some of the best pies in Portland, and this one is pretty special. It’s light and creamy with just the right blend of peanut butter and chocolate. Bring one home for dessert, you won’t be sorry.
Have Some Frozen Peanut Butter Delights
If peanut butter and ice cream together makes you happy, check out What the Scoop in North Portland. The Williams Avenue scoop shop currently offers two different peanut butter ice creams for you to enjoy. Peanut Butter S’mores includes chocolate ice cream, peanut butter coated graham crackers, and house made marshmallows. If you want to be adventurous, try the peanut butter curry, a fascinating blend of peanut butter and curry.
Peanut Butter Cake for the Win
Piece of Cake Bakery is southeast Portland's Sellwood neighborhood offers the ultimate indulgence: their special Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Cake, which combines chocolate cake with a rich peanut buttercream frosting and lots of Reese’s pieces on top.
Piece of cake also has a variety of peanut butter topped brownies and cupcakes to get your peanut butter fix. Or, if you’re vegan or gluten free, try the peanut butter chocolate ganache, made with spelt and tofu.
Make a Peanut Butter Sandwich at Home
If you want something a little better than that old jar of Jif in the pantry, pick up a jar of the Northwest’s own Bliss Nut Butters. Offering a variety of nut butters, their peanut butter includes Saigon cinnamon, chia seeds, honey, and of course, peanuts.
You can find this grown-up peanut butter at local Portland-area stores including New Seasons, Zupan’s, Whole Foods, and Market of Choice.
Have Some Whiskey
Peanut butter whiskey is here, and it's delicous. Head on over to your closest liquor store and ask for the Skrewball Whiskey. You don't need any mixer for this whiskey, it's smooth and sweet and very sippable. Pour yourself a shot, or add it to some chocolate ice cream and Seven-Up to make yourself a nice boozy peanut butter float. You can thank me later. Skrewball Wiskey is available at OLCC stores throughout the Portland metro area.
What’s your favorite peanut butter treat Portlanders?
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