Friday, September 8, 2006

Peanut Butter Dispenser

I am a pretty big fan of PB&J sandwiches, though I don’t get to eat them that often.  The most annoying part of making one of these suckers is that the container is poorly designed for the building process.  I don’t know who thought it would be a great idea to put a fairly viscous substance into a plain jar and expect easy extraction as the jar nears completion.

It is a timeless ritual really… digging your hand into the jar with the pathetically thin butter knife and trying to scrape some significant peanut butter mass onto the knife for deposit onto the bread of choice.  This usually culminates (at least for me) with peanut butter all over the handle of the knife and my knuckles along with a resignation to throw away the last half-sandwich’s worth of the light brown gold (now decorated with swirls everywhere from futile attempts get on knife).

As I pondered this problem today, I came up with simple, yet elegant solution that I would submit to the manufacturers of this tasty treat to try:  the peanut butter gun.


As you can see, this would solve all the problems described.  No longer would you need to scrape the bottom of the jar and make a mess.  No longer would you leave any measurable amount of the peanutty mana to trash.  By choosing a wide enough nozzle, you could easily apply just the right amount on your sandwich.  An even wider nozzle could accommodate the chunky variety amongst the more scatologically adventurous.  In fact, just by varying the gauge of the nozzle, you could even direct the peanut butter into more delicate treats, such as crackers or celery (or tortillas with apple butter).

If Taco Bell can make the sour cream gun, why can’t we have the peanut butter gun?  You hearing me Jif?