The cheap and comforting peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a childhood favorite, a reminder of packed school lunches and afternoon snacks. It may have even been the first recipe you ever learned to make by yourself. That’s why we wanted to bring it to life as our first Tasty recipe, giving you the opportunity to relive your younger days and create your own peanut butter and jelly sandwich from scratch.
As with all of our Tasty recipes, we’ll reveal a deep truth about your personality based on the choices you make. You can build a plain old PB&J, or take things to the next level. Do you prefer smooth or crunchy peanut butter? White bread or something more unconventional? Grape or strawberry jelly? Crust on or off? Each choice leads you to a different outcome, all delicious in their own right.
So, what are you waiting for? Make the peanut butter and jelly sandwich of your dreams today, and a get a tasty bite of nostalgia while you’re at it.
The exact origins of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich are hotly debated, but its roots in American culture may have actually been formed on the battlefields of Europe. During World War II, the ration list for US soldiers included three key ingredients: peanut butter, jelly and bread. Whether or not they were intended to be eaten together didn’t matter, the combination happened, and when the war was over and soldiers returned home, they brought their newfound love for PB&J with them.
Due to the low cost of peanut butter and jelly, thanks to mass production from iconic brands like Skippy and Smuckers, the sandwich became a staple in many US households. According to a study conducted back in 2002, the average American would have eaten 1,500 of the sandwiches before graduating high school.
But peanut butter and jelly is more of a theme than an actual specific recipe. If you’re wondering how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the answer is up to you. The many varieties of bread, peanut butter and jelly make it the perfect snack food for individual customization. How to slice a PB&J is also something that differs from person to person – some instinctually slice the sandwich into triangles, others trim the crusts off.
Regardless of how you make it, the PB&J sandwich is a uniquely American experience, and a memorable slice of childhood for many of us. So enough for dwelling on the past, it’s your time to jump in and create your own PB&J. We can’t wait to see how you make it.