A Rather “Sticky” Situation

By: Roshanda Pratt

There is a debate going on at my house, a quandary of sorts if you will.  While the world is focused on a Presidential campaign, Occupy Wall Street and March Madness, my husband and I are debating who makes the better peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Before I begin, let me state this disclaimer:  In no way am I making fun of rather serious topics happening in the world right now, however, this is my attempt at some humor.

For some time we have gone back and forth about how you should make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Our girls love PB&J for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They are PB&J groupies!  However, here is where the debate comes in:  When I make peanut butter and jelly, I am more of an equal opportunity gal. You know, spreading peanut butter on both sides of the bread liberally and adding grape jelly evenly on both sides of the bread.  Now that is a sandwich, the jelly seeping out the side with each bite, Yum!

Now, my husband is not so liberal with the condiments.  He makes his sandwiches by spreading peanut butter on one slice of bread and jelly on the other slice.  Really?  When I saw this I joked with him that there is no love in his sandwich making.  And the children like mine much better.   My husband’s argument; spreading peanut butter and jelly on both sides of the bread are a waste.  I was appalled he would state how I make a sandwich is a waste!

In order to back my claims I did some research on “Google” of course.  According to Smuckers, no one really knows when or where the salty meets sweet sandwich was first created.   Bread and jelly have been around for millennia, but as for peanut butter, that wasn’t invented until 1890.  This spreadable creation took off at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, and during the 1920’s and 1930’s, commercial brands of peanut butter such as Peter Pan and Skippy were introduced.  Food historians discovered both peanut butter and jelly were part of the U.S. military’s rations during World War II.  This lead to the speculation that American GIs may have added jelly to the peanut butter to make it easier to eat.  Way to go guys! The National Peanut Board reports the average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he or she graduates from high school.  Wow, that’s a lot of PB&J!

To also further my support that I am the best peanut butter sandwich maker, I took to YouTube.  Seriously, there are videos about everything else, right?  Now ,I will have a video of a “professional” proving I was right.  Well, I was completely wrong.  Most of the videos claiming to show how to make the “best” peanut butter and jelly sandwiches showed his method. (GASP!)  How could this be?  Peanut butter on one side and jelly on the other! This is a conspiracy!

Oh well, I will continue laying it on thick with the hopes that the rest of the world will get with the program (insert laugh here).  Meanwhile, I think I will go and make my husband a sandwich as a way to say he was right and I may be wrong (wink wink).

Now it is your turn how do you make your PB&J?

Here are some more tasty tidbits: (source: www.nationalpeanutboard.org)

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • Americans were first introduced to the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in 1928.
  • Woman and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky.
  • Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut.
  • Dr. George Washington Carver researched and developed more than 300 uses for peanuts in the early 1900s.
  • Did you know April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day?

9 thoughts on “A Rather “Sticky” Situation

  1. Ok I make mine EXACtLY like you do and I make sure the P&J reach each edge equally. I wonder if it is a male female thing?! I was in bed with a cold once and my hubby asked if I wanted anything and I said Tea and a PB&J. The sad dry barely spread peanut butter and jelly sandwhich looked too depressed to eat. I looked at it and my hubby and then opened it and saw he put peanut butter on one side and jelly on the other. Well I asked him if he hated me or something.
    NOW for an even better..decadent PB&J sammy (And I am talking perfect cure for PMS/Blues) I make my PB&J and then grill it in a pan with a little butter till both sides are toasty! OMG gooey warm peanut butter and jelly so good makes you want to slap your husband. lol

  2. @luludalatina: Now that is too funny! I also enjoying toasting my bread and then putting on the creamy and sweet goodness. Umm, we may need to do a scientific study on this. It may be a male/female thing. Thanks for reading.

  3. First off, I appreciate tha tyou gave me a breakout from your post with your tasty tidbits. I felt like I got a more complete story. LOL (must be the producer in you!)

    Secondly, I have to disagree with your husband. PB&J is made exactly the way you do. What good is a sandwich that doesn’t have the jelly oozing out of the middle? No PB&J made by my hand is made any differently than yours.

    If you put jelly on one side of the sandwich, it makes the bread soggy. And who wants a soggy PB&J?

  4. @Suzanne: funny you should mention that..I did feel like I needed a fullscreen. lol. Thank you for agreeing with me. Seriously, I am with you I like the ooze of the jelly. Current score: me: 2 hubs: 0

  5. Oh, but Ro . . . you left out a few other interesting aspects / points of view. What about those folks who mix said PB&J BEFORE they even spread it on the bread?? Where do they figure in? And, sadly, I must confess, that I detest PB&J sandwiches. I’m a plain PB kind of girl. Yeah, yeah, I know . . .I have NO idea what I’m missing . . . same thing I hear when someone finds out that I don’t eat salad dressings or that I eat plain hamburgers or that the thought of eating seafood makes me nauseated.

  6. Crissie..lol. Yes, I don’t like the “premade” mix either. Yuck! I can agree with you about the plain hamburgers but I like seafood and peanut butter and jelly. maybe I should mke you one of famous sandwiches:)

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