‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Andy Enjoyed This Bizarre Snack in Between Takes on the Show

by Matthew Wilson

When cameras weren’t rolling on “The Andy Griffith Show,” the series lead Andy Griffith enjoyed chowing down on this bizarre snack between takes. Griffith enjoyed peanut butter crackers with a heavy dose of mayonnaise as well.

The stomach-turning food item became a staple in Griffith’s diet during his run on the show. According to the book “Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show,” Griffith kept to a schedule. It made his life a little more predictable when his scenes varied from episode to episode. Griffith often woke up every morning at 5:30 for prayer. He also enjoyed driving around in his Rolls Royce as well. And he greatly loved his peanut butter-mayo treats.

During his “Andy Griffith Show” days, the actor also enjoyed drinking, something he cut out as he got older. One of his go-to drinks was a vodka gimlet during lunch. Later when filming “Salvage 1,” Griffith returned to the schedule and snacks of his younger self, eating peanut butter and mayo between setups.

Andy Griffith Loved Peanut Butter

Andy Griffith’s love for peanut butter stretched for his entire life. It was a craving that he never quite got rid of even as he got older. Eventually, the actor traded both mayo and crackers for just apples and peanut butter instead. In fact, Griffith had only one demand when he starred on “Matlock” in the 1980s and 90s. He wanted the set of the show to be stocked with his favorite snack.

Dean Hargrove, the creator of “Matlock,” discussed Griffith’s dietary request during the biography as well. In fact, the actor wasn’t much for sharing his snack, at least with people outside of the crew. Griffith would get upset when he noticed people eating his peanut butter and apples.

“Andy was very fond of peanut butter,” Hargrove said. “He would get distressed sometimes because people who were not part of the crew would come on and eat the peanut butter and apples. Andy was a hawk-eye on it, too.”

As far as weird cravings, Griffith’s isn’t the strangest out there but it’s a little bizarre. Griffith enjoyed the simpler things in life and remained a country boy at heart. In fact, the actor decided to move back to his home state of North Carolina when he retired from acting. He spent his last few years in relative peace and seclusion.