Every good Southerner knows that November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month. To celebrate, the Southern Peanut Growers are hosting the #myPBjoy Instagram contest this month! What could be more fun than eating peanut butter and taking pictures? How about winning prizes for doing so!
So here’s the deal:
Arriving in the South via the slave trade in the 18th century, today 50% of the nation’s peanuts are being grown in the South, (Georgia specifically). This popular treat can be found at church bake sales, wedding receptions and in holiday gift bags across the South! Southern author Rick Bragg has been known to eat a whole pound in one sitting.
You will find a surfeit of recipes for this glorious confection in cookbooks and cooking sites, but we prefer the classic Edna Lewis-style peanut butter fudge. Edna Lewis was the first African American woman to reach a nationwide audience and is credited for sparking the nation’s genuine interest in Southern cooking thus earning her the James Beard Living Legend award.
Disclosure: Although I received compensation for this post from Southern Peanut Growers, all opinions expressed and the recipe and recipe photos are uniquely mine.