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I “Spread On The Smiles” Every Day.

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We’ve all heard that if you are not feeling very positive about your life that you should put on a smile and it will make you feel happier. That is not what I am referring to here. Yes, I do this every day, but I’m the only person that it makes smile. Another saying “variety is the spice of life” can fit any situations but not this particular one for me. Unlike a lot of people I enjoy having the same meal for lunch every day.

Skippy Natural Peanut Butter
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That is where the “Spread on the Smiles” comes in. It is part of an advertising statement. Here is the entire statement “Spread on the smiles with smooth, creamy, peanut buttery perfection. Made from real peanuts, Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread yums up and funs up just about anything.” Yes, my lunch every day is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on toast. The only thing that changes is which jelly I spread on the bread with the peanut butter.

While eating my lunch one day last week I looked at the jar of Skippy Peanut Butter and wondered how it got started. I never heard an explanation for how long ago it was first developed. According to Wikipedia “The use of peanuts dates to the Aztecs and Incas, and peanut paste may have been used by the Aztecs as a toothache remedy in the first century of the Common Era (CE).” (CE=BC)

I have performed many searches on the web, but I would never have guessed that there would be a site called The following information comes directly from that site. “A St. Louis physician developed the idea of packaging peanut paste for people with bad teeth. The peanut paste was sold for six cents per pound.” This happened in 1890.The paste would be easy to eat compared to meat and other protein sources that were more difficult to chew.

Kellogg Brothers
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In 1895 “The Kellogg brothers patented the process of preparing peanut butter with steamed nuts. Today the nuts are roasted, and the peanut butter is much tastier.”

George Washington Carver
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In 1903 “Dr. George Washington Carver developed more than 300 uses for peanuts, and is considered by many to be the father of the peanut industry.”

In 1904 “C.H. Sumner introduced peanut butter to the world at the Universal exposition in St. Louis. He sold $705.11 of the treat at his concession stand.”

Krema Nut Company
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In 1908 “Krema Products Company in Columbus, Ohio, began selling peanut butter and is the oldest peanut butter company still in operation today.”

In 1922 “Joseph L. Rosefield sold peanut butter in California, churning it to make it smoother. He received the first patent for peanut butter that could stay fresh for up to a year.”

In 1928 “One of the first companies to adopt Rosefield’s process was Swift & Company, later renamed Peter Pan.

Peter Pan Peanut Butter
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In 1932 “Rosefield began producing peanut butter under the Skippy label, and created the first crunchy-style peanut butter two years later.”

Jiff Peanut Butter
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In 1955 “Procter & Gamble entered the peanut butter business, introduced Jiff in 1958. Now owned by the J.M. Smucker Company. Jiff operates the world’s largest peanut butter plant, producing 250,000 jars every day.”

Again, explains what happens after the peanut crops are planted and then harvested: “Peanut butter manufacturers inspect the peanuts to ensure high quality, and then roast them in special ovens. After roasting, the peanuts are cooled rapidly halt the cooking process, retain an even color and prevent the loss of oil. Another machine rubs the peanuts between rubber belts to to remove the outer skin. This process is called blanching. The kernels are split, the hearts removed and the peanuts are cleaned and sorted a final time. Finally, the peanuts are ground twice, as one long grinding would produce to much heat, damaging the flavor. First, the peanuts are ground alone, then with ingredients like salt, sweetener and stabilizer (to keep the oil from separating).

There you have it. And, of course, I’ll still have it for lunch every day.

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