Throwback Thursday: the Mr. Peanut Peanut Butter Maker!

The Mr. Peanut Peanut Butter Maker was an unusual late 1970’s toy; although it first appeared in 1967, I had some variation of it around 1977 or 1978, when I was in kindergarten or the first grade.  I loved it beyond reason.  (I was bizarrely fixated with peanut butter at that age.)

As a few toy collectors have pointed out online, what’s interesting about this product is that it was both a child-safe toy and a marginally functional appliance — you could indeed make peanut butter with it, albeit very slowly.  You just poured the peanuts in and cranked away.  I honestly can still remember how it tasted, without the added oil and sugar of store-bought peanut butter.  It wasn’t as smooth, but it was damned good.

 

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