A Batavia girl was among five finalists in a recent recipe contest held by Jif Peanut Butter. Morgan Cox, 11, a sixth grade student at St. Louis Catholic School, in Owensville, was a runner-up with her Peanut Butter Fruit Pockets recipe.
The Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest accepted recipes from around the nation from August through November 2008. The company received more than 1,000 recipes during the seventh annual contest. The field of contestants was narrowed down to five finalists.
The recipes submitted in the contest underwent an initial round of judging based on creativity, nutritional balance, taste, appearance and ease of preparation. The final judging event represented the five top scores from the combination of a preliminary round of judging and a nationwide online vote. The five finalists with the highest point totals overall participated in the March 20 event in New York City, N.Y.
Cox was in New York City from March 18 - 23 and appeared on the Today Show while participating in the final judging.
"It was really crowded in New York," Cox said. "We had to make the recipe for the judges during the finals. I got to spend some time with the other kids who were finalists. We all got to go to lunch together."
The winner of the contest was Jordyn Boyer, 10, of Lebanon, Penn. She received a $25,000 scholarship for her Po' Boy Peanut Butter Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwich. The four runners-up were Morgan Cox, 11, of Batavia; Emily, 9, of Bogue Chitto, Miss., who made a Creepy Delicious Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwich; Alexandra, 8, of Franklin, Wisc., who made The Happy Hedgehog; and Elisabeth, 8, of Newnan, Ga., who created a Peanut Butter Kabob. Each runner-up received a $2,500 scholarship fund, a plaque and a gift basket.
"At first we thought the scholarship money just had to be used for college," said Cox. "Then we found out that I could use it for other things, but I decided to save it for college."
"We applaud Jordyn and all of the runners-up for demonstrating their culinary skills with their creative and versatile peanut butter sandwiches," said Maribeth Badertscher, director of communications for J.M. Smucker Company. "By spending quality time in the kitchen together, parents are fostering creativity in their children and making family mealtime more enjoyable."
"As a choosy mom of two kids, peanut butter is something we pack in their lunches daily," said Judy Detter, one of the contest judges. "As my family's cook, I choose to prepare healthy snacks and creative meals and look forward to recreating these recipes with my daughters."
The recipes can be found on the Jif web site at www.jif.com.