The most creative peanut butter sandwich
For the past decade, Jif brand peanut butter has sponsored a Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest. Families get creative in the kitchen by making unique peanut butter sandwiches for a chance to win a $25,000 college fund.
Last year, 8-year-old Margalit Mermelstein of Raleigh won with her "Wushu Chicken Tacos." The sandwich pairs Jif Creamy Peanut Butter with chicken, asparagus and squash, wrapped in a tortilla.
To mark the contest's 10th anniversary this year, Jif is adding $10,000 in educational prizes for the grand prize winner and the option to enter online for the first time.
The sandwich contest is open to kids ages 6–12. Families must visit the Jif contest website to see the rules and print the entry form. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Oct. 12, 2011. Online entries must be submitted by 11:59 a.m. on October 12, 2011.
Sandwiches will be judged on creativity, taste, nutritional balance, appearance and ease of preparation.
Ten semi-finalists will be selected to compete in a national online vote in January 2012. Five finalists will be selected to compete at a live judging event in New York in March 2012. Four runners up will each receive a $2,500 college fund.
A contest for parents
The "That's Why I Choose Jif" contest gives parents a chance to share stories about the choices they make for their families. Adults can visit www.Jif.com to submit an essay — 250 words or less in English — answering one of the following questions:
How do you make the best choices for your family?
Why do you choose Jif Peanut Butter?
One grand prize winner will win a four-day, three-night trip to New York to serve as a judge at the 10th Annual Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest finale event in March 2012.
2010 Winning Recipe
Wushu Chicken Tacos
½ cup diced rotisserie chicken
¼ cup asparagus pieces, about 1-inch long
¼ cup yellow squash pieces
2 fajita-size flour tortillas (6-inch)
2 lime wedges, optional
1 slice (⅛-inch thick) fresh ginger, peeled and cut in half
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
⅜ teaspoons chili paste with garlic
2½ teaspoons sugar
2½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2¼ teaspoons sesame oil
3½ teaspoons water
Chop ginger and garlic in a small food processor as finely as possible. Add next seven ingredients and process until sauce is completely smooth. If sauce is too thick, add more water. If sauce is too thin, add more peanut butter. Toss about half the sauce with the chicken and put aside in a covered bowl. Boil about 1 inch of water in a large skillet and add asparagus. Cover skillet and turn off heat. In 1–3 minutes, lift off cover and remove asparagus using tongs. Cut off ends of squash and cut squash into half-moon pieces. Put 1/4 cup squash pieces into a microwave-safe bowl and add a little water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave about 2–3 minutes. Let cool slightly and carefully drain off water. Place tortillas in microwave and cook about 15 seconds, or until tortillas are warm and bend easily. Put chicken in tortillas, top with asparagus and squash and drizzle with additional peanut butter sauce. Serve with optional lime wedges.Introduced in 1958, Jif is one of the most popular peanut butter brands in America. Eight varieties have been introduced over the years, most recently Jif Omega-3 and the Jif To Go portable snack.
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