NC State students invent a new way to eat peanut butter - WFLA News Channel 8

What's Next

NC State students invent a new way to eat peanut butter

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Getting that last bit of peanut butter out of the jar will almost always result in a mess known as "peanut butter knuckles." But now, four N.C. State University students have created a way to avoid the messy task while getting every last drop for your next peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

N.C. State senior Spencer Vaughn and three fellow students were challenged in a design course to create a business or product that could be marketed.

"We decided that was the biggest problem in our lives," Vaughn said. "Peanut butter knuckles."

So, Vaughn and his three classmates created Jar with a Twist, a plastic container that pushes all of the contents to the top. No mess, no waste.

"Originally, we thought of a utensil of some kind. But then, we realized the kitchen is already full of over-priced, under-utilized utensils," Vaughn said.

After much brainstorming, the team realized the tool needed to be in the packaging itself.

"If it's already packaged in our jar, then it's much easier for the consumer. And they don't have to buy another utensil," Vaughn said.

It took trial and error with several attempts using a 3D printer on campus. 

But now with their product fully realized, the group is in what Vaughn called top secret talks with packaging companies. And these companies don't want Jar with a Twist for just peanut butter and jelly.

"Also for salsa and mayonnaise. And face creams, lotion and what not," Vaughn said. "Everything that you have to dig into to get out."

Jars with a Twist could be on store shelves next year, Vaughn said.

Melanie Sanders

Melanie anchors the 6 PM news. Her "What's Next" series features an engaging approach to storytelling and highlights the leaders in innovation who are shaping our future. Check it out HERE! More>>

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:58:35 GMT
    (WMC) - It was a story that made its rounds on social media. On a recent flight DeAngelo Williams, Mid-Southerner and running back for the Carolina Panthers, gave his first-class plane seat to a 77-year-old
    Family members are upset and hurt that their relative, James Wesley Bolden, is being called a liar and "a fake."
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:20:30 GMT
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.