Thursday, August 13, 2009

A peanut butter sandwich could help a creative kid chef pay for college

(ARA) - With back-to-school season right around the corner, there’s no better way to spend time with your kids and encourage them to use their imagination than to create something with them in the kitchen.

Over the past seven years, thousands of kid chefs from across the country have taken on the challenge of making the most creative peanut butter sandwich, coming up with peanut butter kabobs, peanut butter fruit pockets and even “Happy Hedgehogs” using Jif (R) peanut butter and their imaginations.

From Aug. 7 through Nov. 13, 2009, the makers of Jif peanut butter are accepting entries for the 8th Annual Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest(TM). Five finalists will win a trip to New York City for the live judging event and a chance to win the grand prize of a $25,000 scholarship fund. Four runners-up will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship fund. The contest is open to children ages 6 to 12.

Last year’s most creative peanut butter sandwich was inspired by a Louisiana po’boy sandwich and a Philly cheesesteak. Ten-year-old Jordyn Boyer of Lebanon, Pa. wowed the judges with her Po’Boy Peanut Butter Chicken Cheesesteak, made with Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, chicken, peppers, onions, apples and mozzarella cheese. To compliment the fresh peanutty taste of her sandwich, Jordyn created a sauce of Jif creamy peanut butter, Worcestershire sauce, honey and honey mustard, perfect for dipping her savory sandwich.

For decades, choosy moms have made Jif their No. 1 choice of peanut butter and the makers of Jif would like to give choosy moms the recognition they deserve. The Jif Moms Voice Their Choice Contest (TM) is asking moms (or those inspired by one) to submit their stories – in 250 words or less – of how they make the best choices for their families. One grand prize winner will win a trip to New York City to serve as a judge at the 8th Annual Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest final live judging event in March 2010.

Last year’s winner, Judy Detter, from Clark Summit, Pa. talked about wearing many different hats in her family, one of them being the family chef. “As a choosy mom of two kids, peanut butter is something we pack in their lunches daily,” she says. “As my family’s cook, I choose to prepare healthy snacks and creative meals and look forward to recreating these recipes with my daughters.”

For official rules, entry form, recipes or to learn more about the contests, visit www.jif.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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