540 Peanuts.

Will Ride for Peanut Butter

-AnnMarie Grohs

It takes 540 peanuts to make a 12oz jar of peanut butter. So. Many. Peanuts. 

My love for peanut butter is real. I often eat it by the spoonful. (Do I need to remind you that BOHOlife is in the no judgment zone?) I’m not alone. The average American eats about three pounds of peanut butter a year. And we eat it in every form and fashion—creamy, crunchy, on apples, bananas and crackers, in sauces and candy bars and on top of ice cream. This makes me proud to be an American. When I started my PB research, I was overwhelmed by the resources out there. But when you love something this much you should share it, right?

Let’s dive right in! 

The Huffington Post offers, “The History of Peanut Butter,” is a nice quick read. You don’t know what you don’t know. 

I then came across peanutbutterlovers.com. Could this site’s name be any more perfect? It offers recipes, nutrition, factoids and—my favorite—a quiz entitled “What Peanut Butter Combo Are You?” Yes! Take this quiz and know thyself better. Comment below with your combo and be entered to win a PB prize pack.

The fact that the average European eats less than one tablespoon of American peanut butter in a year was the most shocking revelation of my research. You mean to tell me that not everyone loves peanut butter? “In many parts of the world, peanut butter is regarded as an unpalatable American curiosity,” explains Brian Sternthal, a professor of marketing at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, on HuffPo. This is a fascinating piece of information. Can you even wrap your head around it?

I grew up in a Jif household—creamy not crunchy. Now I live in a world of specialty organic peanut butters. Peruse the nut butter aisle of Richmond’s specialty markets and visit our fabulous restaurants and you’ll see the possibilities are endless. Here are my top favorite peanut butters and peanut butter-flavored treats:

#1 Elwood Thompsons – Fresh, peanut butter grinder

#2 Santa Cruz Dark Roasted

#3 RVA’s own Reginalds

#4 Peanut butter Rice Krispi bar’s - I think we all know the recipe to this one, but hey, I’m here to help.

#5 Peanut Butter Mousse Pie from Shyndigz  

#6 Peanut Butter Pie from The Mill on MacArthur – which is rumored to be available at random on special


*Disclaimer: I love peanut butter. My body, however, doesn’t. So I only eat it a couple of times a week. Everything in moderation.