Mr Peanut is the mascot that represents the Planters Peanut Company that turns 100 in 2016.
The Planters Company was founded by Amedeo Obici an Italian Born American of Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania.
The Planters Company some time back merged with Nabisco and currently (2016) is owned by Kraft Foods American Food Company.
I was very excited to hear about the “Nutmobile” touring for Planters 100th. The Planter’s Peanut Man was very iconic from commercials but mostly (for me) from being one of the hight lights from Atlantic City New Jersey’s Board Walk from my childhood.
The above photo shows you a little bit of what Atlantic City Board Walk was like. The Planter’s Peanut Store is on the left.
This is how I remember it looked liked from the outside with the Peanut man always there.
You had no choice to stop here when you were on the board walk. The aroma of fresh roasting peanuts was intoxicating like a drug. They smelled so good…you can’t imagine unless you have smelled fresh roasting peanuts. They smelled so good that you were hypnotized ….you had to get some. The Atlantic City Board Walk also got mighty chilly at night and the hot peanuts were also very comforting to warm your hands and stomach from the chilly, misty, sandy shore air. (Photo on the left was from Monicastangledweb.com and photo to the right was found on Pinterest)
I couldn’t find a photo of the inside of the Planters Store but there were some animated Mr Peanuts inside doing things that were fun to look at. They sold fresh roasted peanuts…I think I remember some toys or games….other things I don’t remember and Mr Peanut Collectables.
These might be older collectibles I think from before my time. I remember stuff like Mr. Peanut Mugs, Banks and other things, some were colorful. I think I remember Mr. Peanuts store goods made in Pink, Red, Blue and Yellow colors. (Photo found on Pinterest)
I saw this Mr. Peanut Bench on the internet. I don’t remember it but it might have been there. Behind the glass is a Boardwalk. But that little bit of Greenery by Mr. Peanut’s hand doesn’t look like the Atlantic City Beach to me?
Well Atlantic City is a different Place now and Mr. Peanut has said good riddance to Atlantic City some time back but you can find him on a Jar or Can of Planter’s Peanuts almost anywhere.
Back to our time in Phoenix Arizona!
Here was the Mr. Peanut 100th Birthday Celebration.
I never seen the “NutMobile” before and never heard of it either. We drove to the celebration and luckily it wasn’t too far from my house.
Was the scent of fresh roasted peanuts going to fill the air?….Nope 🙁
Where they going to celebrate with slices of Birthday Cake?…..Nope 🙁
Was there going to be a band?….Nope 🙁
Were they going to hand out keepsakes?…………Nope 🙁
Were they going to give out samples of airplane size packages of peanuts?……Nope 🙁
Was I FORKING GOING TO SEE MR.PEANUT?….nope….Nope and Forking Nope. 🙁
There was nothing but $1.00 off coupons for purchasing jars or cans of Planter’s Peanuts. 🙁
Nuts!…….. Mr. Peanut turned 100 and all they did was give out $1.00 off coupons.