The year was 1890. Ladies’ fashions primarily were custom made, exorbitantly priced, and uncomfortable to wear.
Issues were erupting in associated areas of diet and tooth decay. Because of these problems, Dr. John Kellogg, MI, realized that his toothless patients needed a healthy protein substitute that was easy to digest.
Fast-forward fourteen years to 1904 when St. Louis hosted the Universal Exposition (also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair) to celebrate the centennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.
One concessionaire, C.H. Sumner, seized the opportunity to promote a new health food. It was the same healthy food that Dr. Kellogg had created at the end of the 19th Century—peanut butter.
Mr. Sumner garnered a grand total of $ 705.11 in popular peanut butter sales at this event? peanutbutterlovers.com.
However, Dear Readers, there was a problem with trying to perfectly commercialize this relatively new healthy food.
Why was that, you might ask? The oil kept separating in the peanut butter. Spoilage occurred.
A New Idea
One gentleman, Mr. J.L. Rosefield donned his thinking cap and experimented with this peanut-butter-spoilage dilemma.
Finally, he had a “Tah Dah!” revelation! Mr. J.L. created a process that allowed his “churned” peanut butter to be smoother and creamier than the coarse-textured original version.
The Skippy brand—the brand of peanut butter gracing grocery shelves for nearly a century—the brand of peanut butter on which Miss NiNi was raised—was born!
Oh, here’s a great tidbit of PB news—Plumpy’nut is a peanut butter based food used to fight malnutrition in famine-stricken countries. A single pack contains 500 calories, can be stored unrefrigerated for two years, and requires no cooking or preparation.wikipedia.org
A Regular Treat
Dear Readers, how often do you enjoy peanut butter in a sandwich or as an accompaniment with apples or celery or even in a Miss NiNi Peanut Butter Fudge Cheesecake? Is it once a week? Once a day?
Do your children beg for PBJ sandwiches for lunch? That golden brown protein-packed food has quenched the appetites of big and little folks, including Miss NiNi’s, for eons of time!
The next time you open a jar of peanut butter, consider the toothless as Dr. Kellogg did. Devotion to the dietary needs of his patients brought about an entirely new chapter in food production that still benefits all of us peanut-butter lovers.
There’s no doubt in the mind of Miss NiNi that peanut butter will delight the palates and tummies of millions in years to come, too! After all, it is timeless!