If you're a fan of the classic food combination of peanut butter and jelly, then you won't want to miss National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on April 2nd!
This beloved American favorite has been enjoyed for generations, with the average person consuming over 2000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate from high school.
- Believe it or not, peanut butter was once considered a delicacy in the early 1900s and was only served in New York City's finest tea rooms.
- However, thanks to a recipe published in Good Housekeeping magazine in May of 1896, homemakers across the country learned to make their own peanut butter using a meat grinder and spread it on bread. Just a few months later, Table Talk magazine published a peanut butter sandwich recipe, cementing the dish's place in American cuisine.
- It wasn't until 1901 that Julia Davis Chandler issued the first reference to peanut butter (or paste) paired with jelly on bread in the United States. Her article in the Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics sparked a craze for the tasty sandwich.
In the late 1920s, the price of peanut butter declined, making the sandwich even more popular with children.
- During World War II, both peanut butter and jelly were included in the United States soldiers' military ration list. This not only helped to sustain soldiers in the field but also cemented the sandwich's place as a beloved American food.
- Fast forward to 1968 when The J.M. Smucker Co. introduced Goober, a jarred product that combined alternating vertical stripes of peanut butter and jelly.
- This innovative new product made it even easier to enjoy the classic flavor combination of peanut butter and jelly.
In conclusion, National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is a must-attend event for anyone who loves this iconic American food. From its humble beginnings as a delicacy in New York City's tea rooms to its current status as a beloved comfort food, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich has truly stood the test of time.
HOW TO OBSERVE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY DAY
Eat something with peanut butter and jelly.
It may be a good day to try something different. The following are a few peanut butter and jelly ideas to help you out!
- French Toast
Peanut Butter and Jelly FAQ
Q. Does peanut butter and jelly have to be on bread?
A. No. Peanut butter and jelly go well on crackers, in ice cream, and many other foods. Give it a try!
Q. Does it matter what kind of jelly I use?
A. No. Though many people like grape jelly, strawberry, raspberry, or peach. Apple butter even tastes delicious with peanut butter. However, a 2022 poll by National Day Calendar reveals that 43% of respondents prefer strawberry over grape.
Q. Which is better, crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
A. When it comes to making the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich it is important to make it with the peanut butter you prefer! However, a recent National Day Calendar poll showed creamy peanut butter being the clear choice by respondents.
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