ORRVILLE, OH, January 9, 2006 - A peanut butter sandwich could help pay for college… which one is up to America. Peanut butter fans nationwide now have the opportunity to help determine which child semifinalist recipe will advance to the finals for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship fund in the Fourth Annual "Jif® Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest™." To vote, visit www.jif.com from January 9, 2006 through February 3, 2006.
Parents and children from across the country let their imaginations soar to create unique peanut butter sandwich combinations that included ingredients such as ham, eggs and yes, even pickles -- satisfying both the stomach and the creative mind.
"This contest is a great activity to help parents foster creativity in their children, "said Maribeth Badertscher, communications director, The J.M. Smucker Company. "And this year is no exception. Every entry expressed a child's creativity. It's truly amazing to think they were all created by kids ages six through 12-years-old."
The semifinalists and recipes for the online vote include:
About the Online Vote
Tyler, 10, Sedgwick, KS - Tyler's Peanut Butter Lettuce Wraps
Maya, 8, Columbia, MD - Nutty Chicken Taco
Elizabeth, 8, Elizabeth, WV - Peanutty Waldorf Pockets
Victoria, 11, San Mateo, CA - Jif Peanut Butter California Roll
Larry, 8, Ansonia, CT - Easy P.B. & B. Empanadas
Destiny, 8, Lee's Summit, MO - Rise and Shine
Alison, 11, San Francisco, CA - Triple Triangular Treats
Andrew, 10, Huntington, WV - Chinese Monkey Roll with Ginger Dipping Sauce
Shannon, 6, Manalapan, NJ - Peanutty Pretty Purse Pitas
Brandon, 10, Orlando, FL - Peanut Butter Pizzazz
The recipes that scored the highest in the initial judging round were prepared and narrowed down to ten finalists, who were chosen to display their creative talents online for a chance to become the nation's most creative peanut butter sandwich maker. Nationwide, the public can participate in the contest and vote online for their favorite sandwich by logging on to www.jif.com for a list of the ten finalists and photos of their winning sandwiches. Online voting is open to the public and will take place from January 9 - February 3.
Online Finalists will be judged by the general population via popular vote. The five entrants who score the highest in the initial judging round and tallied the most number of online votes will advance to the finals.
The five finalists will be announced on or about February 13. Finalists will participate in a live judging event in New York City in March. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 college scholarship fund and four runner-ups will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship fund. All finalists will receive a Jif
® gift basket.
How to Vote
Log on to the Jif web site (www.jif.com) to view the ten finalist sandwich recipes and photos and Official Rules. Limit one (1) vote per person/e-mail address during the entire online voting period.
For more information about other Jif
® tips, recipes, contests and promotions, log on to www.jif.com.
About The J.M. Smucker Company
The J. M. Smucker Company (www.smuckers.com
) was founded in 1897 when the Company's namesake and founder sold his first product -- apple butter -- from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. Today, over a century later, the Company is the market leader in fruit spreads, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, and health and natural foods beverages in North America under such icon brands as Smucker's
® , Jif
® and Crisco
® . The family of brands also includes Pillsbury
® baking mixes and ready-to-spread frostings; Hungry Jack
® pancake mixes, syrups and potato side dishes, and Martha White
® baking mixes and ingredients in the US, along with Robin Hood
® flour and baking mixes, and Bick's
® pickles and condiments in Canada. For over 108 years, The J. M. Smucker Company has been headquartered in Orrville, Ohio, and has been family run for four generations. Since the 1998 inception of FORTUNE Magazine's annual survey of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, The J. M. Smucker Company has consistently been recognized as one of the top 25 companies to work for in the United States. The J. M. Smucker Company has over 3,500 employees worldwide and distributes products in more than 45 countries.
©/®/™ Registered trademarks of The J.M. Smucker Company. Pillsbury
is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, used under license.