My borderline peanut butter addiction spurred me to create the PBspoon, which I designed to be the perfect spoon for extracting every last bit of peanut butter from the jar. A cross between a spoon and a spatula, the PBspoon has a rounded face to function like a traditional spoon, but also a flat edge to scrape every ounce out of the peanut butter container. The tip of the spoon is pointed for getting into hard-to-reach ridges, and the back is angled for perfectly spreading peanut butter onto your bread of choice.
The PBspoon is better than other spoons and rubber scrapers because it takes the best functions of other styles and combines them into one seamless patent-pending design. The traditional round shape of a metal spoon doesn’t scrape containers efficiently since there is only one point of contact with the container. Although rubber scrapers scrape containers well, they can’t scoop, and are difficult to eat off of. The PBspoon has a flat edge to scrape jars clean and a flat backside for efficiently spreading your PB onto your bread of choice.
Where the flat and rounded edge meet there is a pointed tip, which allows you to get into every nook and cranny of the container. In addition to these functions, it also has a rounded face for the same mouth-feel as eating directly from a traditional spoon.
Although designed specifically for peanut butter, this spoon also works great with other spreads, butters, jams and any condiment in a difficult-to-scoop container. A lot of spreads can be pretty expensive, such as almond, cashew butter or a fancy jam and the PBspoon helps you save money by getting every last bit out.
The spoon head is made from a food-grade, heat-resistant silicone which means the PBspoon is:
- Food Safe
- BPA free
- Able to handle temperature extremes
- Flexible, durable and shatter resistant
- Dishwasher safe
- Odor and stain resistant
The hardwood handle is rounded and smoothed, and the end is shaped into a slip-free semicircle forming a durable attachment to the silicone head.
Chris Herbert, PB of Choice - Extra Chunky Jif
I have been a lifelong peanut butter addict obsessed with good design and efficiency. From ages 15-21, I worked as a line cook, giving me a great understanding of what functionality means in the commercial kitchen. I founded Herb’s Furniture Co. in 2013, an online furniture company where I design and build furniture that is flat-packed and shipped to over 700 happy customers. I spend my days eating peanut butter with two-thirds of my meals, going to yoga classes and woodworking in my studio located in Baltimore, MD.
I want to give a special thank-you to the group of people who have contributed to making this campaign a success!
- Alexa Carney, Graphic Designer – Extra Chunky Jif
- Jordan Black, Photo – Extra Chunky Jif
- Jordan Thompson, Video – Creamy Jif
- Christian Donnelly, Designer – Cookie Butter
- The Foundery, Makerspace for prototyping designs
- Many more friends + family!
This idea first came to me as I was camping during the recent Great American Eclipse in Asheville, NC. Like any wood-obsessed designer, I whittled spoons whenever I had downtime during my trip. I realized none of the round spoons I made efficiently scooped peanut butter from the container, and left a lot behind. I thought: “what if there was a cross between a spoon and a spatula to scoop every last bit out of the container?”
I wanted to maintain the classic feeling of eating peanut butter out of the jar, but with a utensil that could get into every nook and cranny of the container. The first model was made in my workshop, cut out on a bandsaw, and then hand whittled to its final shape.
After daily use of this spoon, I realized the wooden spoon wasn’t flexible enough to form to the shape of the jar, so I set out to design a better version. I started with the original wooden spoon shape and dimensions and created a 3D model, allowing me to quickly advance and tweak the design of the spoon.
After many rounds of modeling, 3D printing and testing prototypes, I have refined the design into a silicone-headed spoon that is ready for market.
After finishing the design process and receiving patent pending status, I have consulted with manufacturers and am ready to produce the PBspoon. I am coming to Kickstarter to fund the production tooling and first run of spoons required to launch in the marketplace. Curious about the process I will take?
- First the mold makers will create the production mold from steel, allowing the silicone to be injected into it using an injection molding machine.
- The handle will then be cut to size and routed to form the rounded end and handle connector that provides a non-slip connection to the silicone head.
- Both the head and handle will be inspected by me personally to ensure that the finish product is made precisely to specifications.
- I have also established a logistics firm to package and ship the finished PBspoon directly to each and every one of you. After the product is inspected and approved, the spoons will be shipped from our manufacturer to our logistics firm, which will then ship them directly to you.
Expect these spoons to be delivered within 5 months of campaign completion--I am a firm believer in keeping promises, and I want to deliver this product on time to you. I have also built in contingency time to this five-month window to ensure I meet the deadline, but the spoons will be shipped as soon as possible without sacrificing any quality. I will communicate all updates with shipping and delivery to ensure a clear buying process.
Risks and challenges
Despite five years of experience shipping products directly to customers, there is always risk when relying on external suppliers for the timely delivery of the product to our customers. To minimize the risk of being surprised by complications, I have already engaged manufacturers, fulfillment partners and packaging designers to estimate cost and timing. There is included contingency time in the launch schedule to give ample buffer between the ideal and the worst case scenario. If for any reason a situation arises that would delay the timely launch of the PBspoon (natural disaster, peanut butter prohibition), I will communicate it transparently to all of our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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