The $761 Peanut Butter and Other Insanely Expensive Government Products

By Sarah Zhang

The most expensive peanut butter in the world is sold by the U.S. government. The $761 jar of peanut butter, created to calibrate machines in food science labs, went viral last month. But “Standard Reference Material 2387,” aka peanut butter, is only the tip of the iceberg of a strange and fascinating world.

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