Fun Facts About Peanut Butter and Jif

by Candace RichComment — Updated August 3, 2023

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Information courtesy of Jif and the National Peanut Council.

The Peanut is NOT a nut! It is a member of the pea family.

Jif was born in 1956. Creamy Jif came along in 1958 and Extra Crunchy Jif made its debut in 1974.

The name ‘Jif’ was chosen because it was easy to say, spell and remember.

Peanut butter was first introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Peanut butter’s high protein content draws moisture from your mouth. That’s why it sticks to the roof of your mouth.

Americans eat 7 lbs. of peanuts and peanut products per person per year, which is an increase of 20% over the last decade.

Americans eat 170 million pounds of Jif in a year. That’s enough to make 2 billion peanut butter sandwiches or to spread a football field with a layer 55 feet thick.

There are 1,218 peanuts in a 28-ounce jar of Jif.

It takes about 120 billion peanuts to equal the amount of Jif Peanut Butter produced in one year.

It takes over 90,000 acres (140 sq. miles) of peanut crops to make one year’s supply of Jif.

Of the peanuts grown in this country, for domestic consumption, about one in every ten peanuts ends up in a jar of Jif.

The Jif plant in Lexington, Kentucky is reportedly the largest peanut butter factory in the world.

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