Stars, they’re just like us: they love peanut butter. Mandy Moore (“This is Us”) loves it but worries about her hips. Scott Foley (“Scandal”) puts peanut butter on his family’s scrambled eggs. According to Skippy, the Adult Peanut Butter Lovers’ Fan Club includes President Bill Clinton, Madonna, Cher and Michael J. Fox. Jerry Seinfeld inspired a peanut butter and bagel sandwich.
But the biggest peanut butter fan ever must be Elvis Presley. His favorite “peanut butter and ‘nanner sandwiches,” according to Are You Hungry Tonight?—a cookbook of his favorite recipes—were peanut butter and sliced banana between two pieces of white bread, fried in butter (also a favorite of Bill Clinton). Elvis also loved a variation on his favorite sandwich called the Fool’s Gold Loaf, created by a Denver, Colorado restaurant featuring a full loaf of bread, peanut butter, bananas, honey and a dozen strips of bacon, fried in butter. Elvis once gassed up his private plane and flew from Memphis to Denver, just to satisfy a craving.
At Truxton’s American Bistro in Santa Monica and Westchester, we’ll be celebrating National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day on March 1 with the Elvis Waffle Sandwich, an homage to the King. The Elvis Waffle Sandwich is our fresh waffle filled with peanut butter cream and sliced bananas, then we top it with powdered sugar and a side of maple syrup (if it isn’t sweet enough for you). We’ll be serving the Elvis on Wednesday, March 1st but it can also be found during our weekend brunch, Saturday’s and Sunday’s 9am-3pm.
We hope you come in enjoy. And while you’re waiting, dazzle your friends and family with some peanut and peanut butter trivia from the National Peanut Board:
- It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
- Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
- Astronaut Alan Shepard brought a peanut with him to the moon. Read about peanuts bringing good luck to NASA.
- There are six cities in the U.S. named Peanut: Peanut, California; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Tennessee and Peanut, West Virginia.
- According to Little Brownie Bakers who bake Girl Scout Cookies, the cookie bakers use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week to bake Do-si-dos and Tagalongs.
- Peanut butter cream is deposited onto Do-si-dos at the rate of 2,800 cookies per minute.
- People living on the East Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer the crunchy style.
A still-trim Elvis Presley enjoys a sandwich in 1958. His love of fatty foods hadn’t caught up to him yet. (from NPR)Hulton Archive/Getty Images