Peanut Butter Price Spike Will Send Jelly Into Mourning


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Warning: The following piece of news may send you into a tailspin of panic. (At least, that's what happened to me when I read it.) Because of a peanut shortage this year, peanut butter prices are expected to skyrocket this fall, according to industry experts. It may sound like I'm using a word like "skyrocket" just to scare you. Unfortunately, I'm not exaggerating: Jif is projected to increase in price by 30 percent; Skippy's price will reportedly jump by 35 percent; and even Peter Pan will cost 25 percent more. I'd say those increases certainly qualify as "skyrocketing," wouldn't you?

It's beginning to look like we won't be able to afford peanut butter -- or, at least, as much of it. What would a world without peanut butter actually look like? I'm shuddering at the thought of going down that road ...

The most obvious meal that would be ruined is lunch -- unless you actually like plain jelly sandwiches (and then I'm guessing that you have more problems than just expensive peanut butter). Of course, my breakfast routine would be interrupted as well: A slice of toast spread with peanut butter and bananas suddenly becomes just toast and bananas? Yeah, that doesn't sound like much fun.

That's not all. Basically, you can forget about peanut butter cookies and peanut butter and chocolate squares, too. Apples, chocolate, graham crackers, celery sticks, and don't forget raisins will be oh so lonesome without it. And, I guess we'll have to get used to Reese's Cups and Frozen Pie, both of which, now that I'm typing it, just sound so very wrong.

Here's the thing about peanut butter that makes a significant price hike so scary: Consumption of peanut butter has actually risen by 10 percent since 2008 because it's a much more affordable protein option for families than, say, meat or fish. But meat and fish I can imagine doing without. A life without peanut butter sounds like one that's just not worth living.

Could you exist without peanut butter?


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Stacey Busenbark Sanders

Unfortunatley, no. Looks like I will be spending big $$ to give my 2 year old his pb&j fix (he will NOT eat anything else for lunch)

Rita Allee

I've had to deal with no peanut butter in our house since my 4 year old had a major allergic reaction to it a few years ago.  We love peanut butter.  It sucks.  But we can give up peanut butter for my son.  Almond butter tastes just as good, anyways.  

ChicH... ChicHippie

We get a jar of peanut butter a month on WIC so I'm sure the price spike won't actually impact us that much. We aren't huge peanut butter people.. I'm actually planning to use all the the jars we've saved up to make pb cookies and fudge for Christmas gifts.

Melis... Melissa042807

We already live without peanut butter. My almost-2-year-old is allergic to it or something. Any peanut consumption on his part ends in violent projectile vomiting within 2 minutes. 

I'm sad about the price hike, though. I still love peanut butter even if we don't keep it in the house. And I have lots of friends whose kids inhale the stuff. 

Deweymom Deweymom

But will this affect the cost of OB related candies?!?! (Reeses, Take 5, etc...)

Deweymom Deweymom

Omg...darn iPhone...PB...not OB

dirti... dirtiekittie

man, we are definitely a pb&j household! the kids love it whenever, hubby eats it as a snack... i even love some melted pb on top of ice cream! (try it. OMG.) guess i'll be stockpiling it... that stuff lasts forever, right? ;)

Lucre... LucretiaMcEvil

Even if the price doubled or tripled, it's not like it would matter. PB is like $2 a jar anyway.

lalas... lalasmama2007

I could exist without biggie.  I just bought peanut butter this afternoon and the regualr price was $1.29.  Even if it increased by 100% it wouldn't be that big of a deal. 

hotic... hoticedcoffee

We could live without PB, but won't have to - it's one of the things I hoard 'just in case'.  Seriously, right now, I have at least 20 jars of Peanut Butter & Co in the basement.

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