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Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola

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Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola

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OPINION: Peanut Butter is the glue that holds us together

Taylor Falgout

Dear friends,

Before we embark on a journey celebrating the peanutty delight that is peanut butter, we extend our heartfelt apologies to those with peanut allergies. We understand the seriousness of this condition and hope our shared enthusiasm for peanut butter doesn’t induce any cravings you can’t satisfy.

Now, let’s reflect on the topic at hand – the unparalleled charm of peanut butter. One of us ardently champions the cause of creamy peanut butter, while the other staunchly defends the crunchy variety. A friendly disagreement, indeed, but fear not, for in the grand tapestry of peanut butter appreciation, our differences pale in comparison to our shared love for this delectable spread.

Think about the magical way peanut butter coats the mouth. Creamy enthusiasts revel in the smooth, velvety experience, akin to a culinary caress that leaves taste buds tingling with delight. The crunchy aficionado argues the interplay of tiny peanut pieces creates a symphony of textures that adds a delightful crunch, making each bite an adventure.

Beyond our minor dispute, there are facets of peanut butter that unite us in gastronomic ecstasy.

Picture this: peanut butter, the great equalizer, harmonizing effortlessly with an array of foods. Whether spread on warm toast, paired with crisp apple slices, or incorporated into a savory satay sauce, peanut butter’s versatility is unparalleled. It’s the chameleon of condiments, seamlessly adapting to sweet or savory, breakfast or dinner. Beyond its delicious taste and adaptability, peanut butter brings health benefits to the table. With a notable concentration of protein and healthy fats, it serves as a filling and nutritious addition to any meal or snack, making it not only a culinary delight but also a wholesome choice for those seeking a satisfying and nourishing treat.

And let’s not forget the universal appeal of peanut butter—no chewing required. In a world where our jaws work overtime on crunchy snacks and tough cuts of meat, peanut butter stands as a beacon of respite. A spread so divine that it glides down the throat, a
heavenly blend that requires no arduous mastication.

Peanuts have embedded themselves in every layer of American history. The 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, was, in fact, a peanut farmer before his political career took flight. While our primary focus is on the culinary merits of peanut butter, it’s worth acknowledging that even the leader of the free world had a hand in the peanut game.

Peanuts, humble in appearance yet impactful in influence, have woven themselves intricately into the fabric of American history. From the agricultural landscapes of the South to the bustling urban centers, peanuts have left an indelible mark on the nation’s development, economy, and cultural identity. Whether sustaining farmers during the Great Depression, nourishing soldiers during wartime, or becoming a cherished pantry staple in households today, peanuts and their derivative, peanut butter, serve as a flavorful reminder of America’s resilience, adaptation, and the delicious evolution of its culinary traditions.

So, whether you find solace in the creamy embrace of peanut butter or prefer the textured adventure of its crunchy counterpart, we can all agree on the irresistible allure of this nutty delight. It transcends personal preferences, forming a gastronomic bridge that spans generations and cultures. Peanut butter is the unifier, the versatile companion, and the snack that makes life a little bit nuttier and a whole lot more delicious.

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About the Contributors
Patrick Hamilton, Editor in Chief
Patrick Hamilton is currently the Editor in Chief at The Maroon. He is a senior majoring in Political science and interested in policy and governmental affairs. Patrick is firmly pro-democracy and believes strong, independent journalism delivers necessary accountability to institutions established in service of others.
Taylor Falgout, Creative Director of The Wolf and Chief Visual Artist
Taylor Falgout is The Maroon’s Chief Visual Artist and The Wolf’s Creative Director. She is a Sophomore majoring in graphic design. In her free time, she enjoys going to the park, listening to music, and supporting local artists. Taylor can be reached at [email protected].

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