The Only Butter in Peanut Butter is the Word “Butter”

Otis Orchards, Washington
December 30, 2015 1:03pm CST
At one place where I worked the conversation turned to food. I said to a coworker, “I like butter and peanut butter on my toast.” “Yuck.” My coworker screwed up her face. “Who would want to eat butter with peanut butter when peanut butter already has butter in it?” I didn’t want to start an argument and since we didn’t have a jar of peanut butter to look at the ingredients, I shrugged my shoulders and walk away. The ingredients in the peanut butter I bought from Costco says: Dry roasted organic peanuts and sea salt. No butter at all. I do know some brands add sugar and/or seed oil. In my research I discover peanut butter has been around since the Aztecs and Incas, however it wasn’t patented until 1884. Marcellus Gilmore Edson, a Canadian from Montreal, Quebec, was the first to patented it. He said about his product that it had "a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment." So naturally if it had the consistency of butter why not call it peanut butter? Would we eat it if it were called peanut lard or peanut ointment? Edson did not use butter in his original ingredients but he did use sugar just to help the peanut butter hold its consistency. In the United States, January 24, is National Peanut Butter Day. So get your peanut butter bought and ready to eat. There you have it. The only butter in peanut butter is the word “butter.”
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@PhredWreck (6051)
30 Dec 15
Neither is there butter in apple butter.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
30 Dec 15
So true, but no one has ever made a comment to me about there being butter in apple butter. By the way, I like butter with apple butter as well.
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@pgntwo (22753)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
30 Dec 15
Nor in cocoa butter...
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
30 Dec 15
@pgntwo I was wondering, as I was writing this, how many "butters" there were that didn't have butter in them.
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@HazySue (23779)
• United States
30 Dec 15
@OtisOrchard I love peanut butter. I never new where the name came from. How interesting.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
30 Dec 15
I've known for many years that there was no butter in peanut butter. I had always guessed that butter was used because peanut butter spread like butter.
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• United States
30 Dec 15
I can't eat nuts so that leaves out peanut butter or peanut lard or whatever anyone wants to call it. With that said, I can't imagine what butter would taste like mixed with it.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
30 Dec 15
It's delicious! To bad you can't eat peanut butter so you can have butter and peanut butter together at least once. To add to that delicious butter and peanut butter is a little jam or jelly on top. Yum-yum! If I didn't just eat breakfast I'd be in the kitchen right now toasting the bread.
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• United States
30 Dec 15
@RichardMeister I rather give some to the dog and watch her go crazy!!
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
30 Dec 15
@AbbyGreenhill That's pretty funny. And after she goes crazy you can offer her some more and she'll go crazy again.
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• United States
30 Dec 15
I have not met anyone else who likes butter and peanut butter on toast and sandwiches as I do too. No there is no butter in it whatsoever. I love it, I worship it in fact. My favorite kind is Peter Pan smooth and it is very hard to find. If I want it, I have to order it online.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
30 Dec 15
Hmmm...come to think of it, I haven't seen Peter Pan peanut butter in quite some time. Isn't peanut butter and butter just delicious? I've liked it ever since I was a little kid.
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• United States
30 Dec 15
@RichardMeister Yes it is Richard..it really adds a great flavor to it the butter. And also I always put a little bit of butter on my bread for any sandwich really..it is just not so dry and much more tasty.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jan 16
@TiarasOceanView I sometimes add butter to my sandwiches, too.
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@trivia79 (7887)
• El Segundo, California
30 Dec 15
Trivia. I like that. Peanut butter and Jam are a good combination. Aside from food stuff, peanut butter can be also use to get rid off of the sticky gum on your hair
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
30 Dec 15
I have heard of this but have never needed to try it.
@trivia79 (7887)
• El Segundo, California
31 Dec 15
@RichardMeister I just read it on the internet. I haven't tried it also. But it's good to know whenever that happens to you.
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@hereandthere (33020)
• Philippines
31 Dec 15
i guess peanut spread would be more accurate and pleasant than lard or ointment.
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@amadeo (75805)
• United States
30 Dec 15
I always use butter and peanut butter with jam.Does not matter if it is butter in the peanut butter.I still use real butter on mine.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
30 Dec 15
Your colleague is wrong - pure and simple.
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@pgiblett (6576)
• Canada
1 Jan 16
I love butter with peanut butter. The best peanut butter is made from peanuts and a little salt, I have to wonder how dumb some people are. I have to say I have never heard of a peanut butter patent, as far as I know the process has been around for hundreds of years. As long as we have had peanuts they have been ground. in Europe peanut butter recipes are hundreds of years old.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jan 16
I was researching peanut butter to see if my theory about using the word "butter" was correct (because it spread like butter) when I came across that bit of information.
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@pgiblett (6576)
• Canada
1 Jan 16
@RichardMeister My mother once told me the reason it was called butter was because of how it spread.
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@pgiblett (6576)
• Canada
1 Jan 16
@RichardMeister Did you know that a patent can be challenged if the thing it produces isn't new?
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@much2say (40477)
• United States
9 Jan 16
That is true - no butter! But what else could it have been called? Smashed peanuts, peanut cream, peanut spread - ?
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
9 Jan 16
Someone suggested peanut spread. If I were walking through the store and saw peanut spread I would stand there wondering if it was peanut butter or something similar to peanut butter. Like maybe they figured out how to make soy beans taste like peanuts so now they can make a spread that tastes like peanuts out of soy beans.
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@much2say (40477)
• United States
10 Jan 16
@RichardMeister Peanut "butter" is definitely stuck in our vocabulary - can't call it by any other name. If I heard peanut spread, I guess I would assume it was a healthier version of regular peanut butter - less oil or calories or something. I like some other nut butters, but to me nothing comes close to the taste of peanut butter. Apparently soy butter does exist (I haven't tried it, but I have a feeling I wouldn't like it).
@lokisdad (4264)
• United States
2 Jan 16
You are right.Peanut butter is a butter made from peanuts. Some people say things and don't think them through. My wife went to a place once on a school trip and they made peanut butter from scratch she said all they did was put raw peanuts in a grinder and place it in a jar when it came out of the grinder but most peanut butter companies add sugar to it to make it taste even better and sweeter than it is in its natural state.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
2 Jan 16
I don't care for sugar in my peanut butter. I always read the ingredients and buy whatever brand that does not have sugar in it.
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@lokisdad (4264)
• United States
3 Jan 16
@RichardMeister now they are making all kinds of pb they have a lot more choices than they did when we were kids.
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@sallypup (29311)
• Moses Lake, Washington
1 Jan 16
We make our own peanut butter. I roasted some peanuts yesterday and crammed them into the hopper of our juicer and tah dah! A few minutes later, out poured peanut butter. I don't know what even Adams does to their P B: our home stuff does not have all that swimming oil on top. (I love butter with peanut butter.) I can make almond butter if I want to, too. I don't add salt but it tastes good.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jan 16
I have a friend who not only makes his own peanut butter but he grinds his own wheat to make his own flour.
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@sallypup (29311)
• Moses Lake, Washington
2 Jan 16
@RichardMeister That's us, too. We grind our own flour. At one point we ground the wheat by hand but these days we're older and busier so we use an electric grinder.