Apr 022014
 

SONY DSCApril 2nd is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or PB&J | PBJ for short, is a sandwich with a layer of peanut butter and a layer of jelly on bread.

This is a popular North American lunch. A 2002 survey showed the average American will have eaten 1,500 PB&J’s before graduating from high school! [1]

Some people like an equal coverage of peanut butter and jelly, while other prefer more of one over the other.

In the early 1900s, peanut butter was considered a delicacy, and only served in New York City’s finest tearooms. Back then, it was paired with foods such as pimento, nasturtium, cheese, celery, watercress, and on toasted crackers.

The first reference of a PB&J was published in 1901 in the Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics by Julia Davis Chandler.

As the price of peanut butter dropped in the late 1920s, the sandwich began move down the classes.

During World War II, both peanut butter and jelly were found on U.S. soldiers’ military ration list. [2]

This combination is so popular a plethora of dishes feature this paring including: PB&J Cookies, PB&J French Toast Sandwich, PB&J Pancakes, PB&J Cupcakes, PB&J Pie, PB&J Smoothie, PB&J Muffins, PB&J Crème Brûlée, PB&J Cheesecake, Steamed PB&J Buns, PB&J Poutine, and PB&J Fudge – to name a few.

What’s your favorite combo? Strawberry preserves and chunky PB on wheat bread? Grape jelly and smooth PB on white bread? Or…

Celebrate with goodies from Zazzle

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Sources:

  • image courtesy of Evan-Amos, Wikipedia.org
  • Wikipedia.org
  • [1] “PB&J is A-OK”. Prepared Foods 171.10 (): p.32(1). Prepared Foods. Oct 2002.
  • [2] The Peanut Board
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