The Five Best Cities for Peanut Butter Lovers

Southern Peanut Growers’ inaugural list has sweet surprises in store

Canton, Ga. (November 1, 2017) – Crunchy or creamy, by the spoonful or the sandwich, peanut butter is the sticky staple loved by people nationwide. A jar of peanut butter can be found on the pantry shelves of nine in 10 U.S. households. But, when it comes to enjoying peanut butter, a few select cities in America spread it on extra thick.

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month. To celebrate, Southern Peanut Growers (SPG) – the farmers who grow peanuts for peanut butter – have identified the top five “Best Cities in America for Peanut Butter Lovers.” To rank as one of the #TopPBCities, SPG evaluated peanut butter sales data, PB-centric celebrations and stand-out menu items at local restaurants.

“Peanut butter lovers will be excited to learn which great cities ranked and to discover the unique PB gems cherished by locals. We think the list might even inspire a few road trips,” said Leslie Wagner, SPG’s executive director.

The 2017 “Best Cities in America for Peanut Butter Lovers” (listed alphabetically) are:

Boston, Mass. New Englanders love peanut butter. In fact, Boston is one of the top cities in the nation for peanut butter sales per household. Many locals swear by the Teddie Peanut Butter brand, which manufactures peanut butter just north of the city. Their passion for peanut butter has fueled the launch of Steem Caffeinated Peanut Butter, created by a Massachussets-based company, and The King – the name of both a “burga” and a shake featuring peanut butter, bacon and bananas. More about Boston, one of the #TopPBCities.

Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes love their peanut butter – especially dipped in chocolate to resemble the nut of Ohio’s state tree. Columbus is a top ranked city for peanut butter sales. Krema Nut Company in Columbus has been making peanut butter since 1898. Walk up to their Krema Kitchen to find a wide array of gourmet PB&J sandwiches. Students herald Buckeye Donut near the Ohio State University for their old-fashioned doughnuts iced in chocolate and stuffed with peanut butter. More about Columbus, one of the #TopPBCities.

Dothan, Ala. Nearly half of the U.S. peanut crop is grown, and much of it processed, within a 100-mile radius of Dothan, Ala., making it “The Peanut Capital of the World.” The city strengthens its position by hosting the 10-day National Peanut Festival each November. Visitors can’t miss the city’s public art display of “Peanuts Around Town,” a collection of more than 40 five-foot tall peanut statues, and a “Salute to the Peanut Industry” mural. More about Dothan, one of the #TopPBCities.

Nashville, Tenn. Nashville is a hotbed for great eats from trendy restaurants to iconic establishments. At Bobbie’s Dairy Dip you’ll find the PB and hot fudge Chubby Checker Shake! A bona fide Southern treat, the Peanut Butter Goo Goo Cluster celebrates the marriage of peanut butter, peanuts and milk chocolate. Peanut butter does more than just satisfy the cravings of Music City. Peanut Butter Printing also donates life-saving peanut butter packets to children suffering from malnutrition. More about Nashville, one of the #TopPBCities.

New Bethlehem, Pa. It may be small, but New Bethlehem is a destination for peanut butter lovers. The small borough is home to a J.M. Smucker’s plant, which makes a variety of peanut butter products, and visitors can even catch the wafting aroma of peanuts roasting. The whole community gathers annually for the Peanut Butter Festival in September. Hometown candy maker Char-Val Candies has many perennial PB favorites as well as a festival special peanut-shaped candy. More about New Bethlehem, one of the #TopPBCities.

Honorable Mention: Los Angeles, Calif. Peanut butter lovers west of the Mississippi rejoice. The small 12-seat counter restaurant PBJ.LA has reimagined the peanut butter and jelly sandwich and infused it with a Cali ethos. The restaurant’s home at Grand Central Market is the same place where local peanut butter makers Blanche and Raymond McGee debuted their fresh-ground PB in 1917.

Have you discovered peanut butter gems in these cities? Do you think your city should have been on the inaugural list? Share it with us using #TopPBCities.

 About Southern Peanut Growers

Established in 1980, Southern Peanut Growers is a non-profit trade association representing peanut farmers in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. The organization educates American consumers about the U.S. peanut industry and its products.

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