Jif® Announces Winner of $25,000 Scholarship Fund For the Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich

Eight-year-old Wins Scholarship with Wushu Chicken Tacos

Mar 18, 2011, 16:11 ET from The J.M. Smucker Company

ORRVILLE, Ohio, March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The makers of Jif® Peanut Butter announce eight-year-old, Margalit M. of Raleigh, NC as the winner of the Ninth Annual Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest, receiving a $25,000 college scholarship fund for her Wushu Chicken Tacos.  The four runners-up each received a $2,500 college scholarship fund and a Jif gift basket for their creative peanut butter sandwich recipes.

Margalit's delicious creation, Wushu Chicken Tacos, was the standout winner among the five finalists at the final judging event in New York City on March 18, 2011.  The five recipes included the peanutty taste of Jif Peanut Butter, paired with a unique mix of ingredients and flavors – a true treat for the taste buds.  

Jif Contest Runners-Up

  • Adeline F., 7, Deland, FLBLT PB & Sweet Style!
  • Landon J., 10, La Porte, IN – Re-invented Chicken 'N Waffles with PBQ Sauce
  • Mia B., 7, Pittsburgh, PASnails on Rails
  • Paige H., 10, Carmel, CASa-Taysty

For photos and complete recipes, visit www.jif.com.

"Congratulations to Margalit and the runners-up for their imaginative and delicious recipes," said Maribeth Badertscher, Vice President, Corporate Communications, The J.M. Smucker Company.  "We are amazed year after year at the creativity that goes into reinventing the peanut butter sandwich.  We are pleased to continue to reward and foster creative thinking, empowering parents and kids to foster creativity in the kitchen and enjoy memorable moments together."

In addition to the young chefs, mother of three, Bridget S. of Murrells Inlet, SC was an event honoree as well, winning the Jif Moms Voice Their Choice Contest, earning a trip for two to New York and a seat on the judging panel for the final sandwich judging event. Bridget's winning essay describes how she makes the best choices for her family by finding balance and "making every precious moment count."

"It was inspiring to see all the creativity among the sandwiches," said Bridget, "I was so impressed with each sandwich's ingenuity.  It was an honor to be a judge – though quite a tall order!"  

In its ninth year, the Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest brings creative and talented kid chefs under the spotlight.  This year, child and parent teams submitted their recipes from August through November 2010.  The sandwiches underwent an initial round of judging to determine the top 10 recipes which competed in an online vote.  The final judging event included the top five sandwiches receiving a combination of the online votes and the scores from the preliminary round of judging.

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About The J. M. Smucker Company

For more than 110 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that help families create memorable mealtime moments.  Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, retail packaged coffee, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and health and natural foods beverages in North America. Its family of brands includes Smucker's®, Folgers®, Dunkin' Donuts®, Jif®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Eagle Brand®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, White Lily® and Martha White® in the United States, along with Robin Hood®, Five Roses®, Carnation®, Europe's Best® and Bick's® in Canada. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. The Company has appeared on FORTUNE Magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States 13 times, ranking number one in 2004. For more information about the Company, visit www.smuckers.com.

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