"I make a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich." -Jack Black
According to National Day Calendar, National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is celebrated each year on April 2.
"The average American will have eaten over 2000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate from high school," says the National Day Calendar.
Many argue that a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread simply cannot be beaten. Whether you go for grape jelly or apple butter, the combination of peanut butter with any jelly brings back memories of school lunches.
Some have attempted to dress up the classic PB&J. Describing the Elvis, "This sandwich features peanut butter, sliced bananas, and bacon on buttered and toasted bread." Or maybe The Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancake Sandwich is made by making "pancakes, add peanut butter to one side of one pancake, and add jelly to one side of another pancake." Try other ideas like these 10 Unique Twists on the Classic PB&J Sandwich.
Fun Facts About Peanut Butter and Jelly
Back in May 1896, an article in Good Housekeeping magazine prompted readers to use a meat grinder to make a paste out of peanuts and to spread the peanut butter onto bread. "Peanut butter was considered a delicacy in the early 1900s and was only served in New York City’s finest tea rooms."
According to the Peanut Board, peanut butter and jelly were included in U.S. soldiers' rations during World War II.
Back in 1968, Smuckers introduced Goober, a combination of peanut butter and jelly in a single jar.
"I could go for a sandwich, but I'm not gonna open two jars." ~Brian Regan
How to Celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
- Make two classic PB&J sandwiches and take one to share with a friend.
- Try a new way to enjoy a PB&J sandwich.
- Create your own PB&J concoction.
Are you allergic to peanuts? To this, we say, "we're sorry." For those who aren't, when was the last time you actually had a PB&J sandwich? Share in the comments.