Thank you Kellogg for your delicious cereal and peanut butter!

So many incredible things have come out of Southwest Michigan including and certainly not limited to Gibson Guitars, College graduates, and the first outside mall. Yet, did you know that peanut butter was first conceived than manufactured for the first time in battle creek?! boast about our treasured cereal factory and credits them with the start of that creamy food staple peanut butter...

In 1890 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the creator of Kellogg’s cereal) patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts. He marketed it as a healthy protein substitute for patients without teeth.

Then it wasn't until 1895 that 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.

The has some interesting fact about the beloved bread spread...

  • Peanuts are actually not nuts but legumes grown underground.
  • The U.S. is the third largest producer of peanuts (Georgia and Texas are the two major peanut-producing states). China and India are the first and second largest producers, respectively.
  • More than half of the American peanut crop goes into making peanut butter.
  • U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson were peanut farmers.
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • Americans eat around 700 million pounds of peanut butter per year (about 3 pounds per person).
  • An average American child eats 1,500 PB&J sandwiches before graduating from high school.

Today enjoy a peanut butter sandwich and give a little thank you nod to the Kellogg Brothers for this wonderful food staple!


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