Jelly came into existence long before its counterpart, peanut butter, with uses of it dating back to the 15th century. Peanut butter came onto the scene in the late 19th century, when a St. Louis physician developed a peanut paste for people with bad teeth in 1890. Only five years later, the Kellogg brothers patented the process of using steamed peanuts to create peanut butter and distributing it in plastic packaging, and from there the idea of peanut butter was born.
Although peanut butter and jelly existed in the food world as separate entities for years, the first written reference of them together is said to be from 1901 by a woman named Julia Davis Chandler. Why or how the sandwich was created is still uncertain, but regardless, we’re happy about its creation.
While simple and easy to put together in theory, there are certain techniques for making the perfect PB&J. After examining the simplicity of the sandwich to determine how to get the best results — everything from the type of bread to use to the ratio of butter to jelly and how to do the perfect spread. And while peanut allergies have kept this beloved sandwich out of many schools and institutions, there’s still a wide variety of substitutions that you can use to follow.
Back in 2002, a survey revealed that the average PB&J-loving American eats 1,500 sandwiches before graduating high school. Now, that’s love.
It is an easy sandwich to slap together on your way out the door in the morning. For those who don’t have time to spread peanut butter and jelly from two different jars, Smuckers made it even easier in 1968 when they introduced “Goober,” a jar with alternating stripes of peanut butter and jelly.
Of course, PB&J doesn’t restrict you to just these two complementary companions – toss in marshmallow fluff, bananas, honey, maple syrup, hazelnut spread, raisins, or even cheese, potato chips, bacon, pickles or onions. Whatever you so desire.
If you want to try something a little different but still kid-friendly, peanut butter and jelly French toast is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. But, let me know in the comments below your favorite way to PB&J – and if you’re adding anything funky to mix up your sandwich.
My personal favorite and all time go to for solving my craving is:
Mother’s – all natural sodium free and gluten free whole grain rice cakes/ Teddie’s – old fashioned all natural smooth peanut butter/ Smucker’s – low sugar no artificial sweetner strawberry preserve!
Give me your in the comments below!