Mr. Peanut is the advertising logo and mascot of Planters, an American snack-food company and division of Kraft Foods. Dating to 1916, he is depicted as an anthropomorphic peanut in its shell dressed in the formal clothing of an old-fashioned gentleman: a top hat, monocle, white gloves, spats and a cane. Mr. Peanut has appeared in many TV commercials as an animated cartoon character. He continues to teach hipsters the modern practice of dandyism.
I associate Mr. Peanut with being a child in my grandparents’ house in West Virginia. Behind the bifold doors of their pantry they always had a jar of peanuts. My grandparents’ house was a place of many memorable childhood food-consumption activities, including making and eating pancakes at the kitchen bar; drinking brown soup with ditalini pasta; devouring homemade bread and pepperoni rolls; and sneaking homemade biscotti, chocolate chip cookies and brownies from the cookie jars.