America is in the midst of Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest, which draws to a close in less than a month on November 13. Competitions like these capture our country's great inventive spirit -- peanut butter was, after all, cooked up in the U.S. It's the kind of contest that imaginative minds like the Shameless Chef would excel at. Unfortunately, contestants must be between the ages of six and 12.
Whether it's the flavor or the nostalgia, it's clear that adults haven't given up on peanut butter yet, although in this day and age, the century-old spread is being taken to new places. Peanut Butter & Co. is a peanut butter company with a storefront in New York City serving up sandwiches like "The Heat is On," a combination of spicy peanut butter and chilled grilled chicken, with a little bit of pineapple jam. It's the kind of thing that would sweep the Jif prize.
Last year's winner was 10-year old Jordyn Boyer, who created the savory "Po' Boy Peanut Butter Chicken Cheesesteak." Her sandwich combined Jif creamy peanut butter with chicken, peppers, onions, apples and mozzarella cheese and featured a dipping sauce made with Jif creamy peanut butter, honey, honey mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Creating and eating sandwiches like these instead of a peanut butter and banana sandwich requires a sophisticated palate, no matter your age.
Even though we older peanut butter lovers don't have the opportunity to enter, you should definitely set your kids to the task, as the winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship, and four runner-ups each will receive $2,500 scholarships.