The Great Peanut Butter Debate: Creamy or Chunky?

By: Michelle Buffardi
It's National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. Set down your afternoon snack for a second and consider your preference for one of the most nostalgic foods you're still in love with: the PB&J. Even with this, the world's simplest sandwich, there are rules. They're strict and vary with individual tastes, but these rules are undeniable and unbreakable when constructing a sandwich. Plain bread or toast? Strawberry jelly or grape? Do you use one knife for the peanut butter and another one for the jelly, or the same knife for both? Is it ok to lick the knife? Do you spread  topping on each slice then smoosh together, or dribble the jelly on top of the peanut butter? And most importantly, do you prefer creamy peanut butter or chunky?
The debate exists whether you're loyal to a certain brand, and even if you favor natural butters, which are naturally grainier, those come in chunky or smooth too. But of course peanut butter is more than a sandwich spread. So if you're cooking with the stuff, do you change your loyalty? If you use strictly creamy in your sandwich, would you consider a chunkier cookie?

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So is there room in your cupboard for both chunky and creamy peanut butter? Or do you favor one type in every recipe and sandwich you make?
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