This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. #PBLove
Are You Making a Peanut Butter & Jelly the Right Way? Do you know that 1900 people search google a month, asking:
How do you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
I kid you not. But you know what? More and more of the people I tell this little trick to are so excited to give it a try with their next pb&j.
However, if you’re wanting the best way to make a peanut butter and jelly, you’ll love this fried pb&j and may never go back.
Do you put peanut butter on both sides? One side? Stop the madness!
My mind was blown the other day when I stumbled upon a post on Facebook of someone arguing with another person when asked,
“What is the correct way to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?”
…and I promise you, there were hundreds… HUNDREDS of comments on this thread of people backing one another up, arguing with who was right, wrong and why.
But I’ll tell you… I DID learn something from that thread and even though there’s a part of me that wishes I had that 15 minutes of my life back, I kind of feel like I owe it to those who taught me something that day.
So here are TWO of the most popular ways to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich:
- Apply peanut butter to both sides first and then jelly on top of both peanut buttered sides – Why? Because that way it keeps the jelly from soaking through the bread, especially if you’re making a pb&j for someone to take with them for the day, and they can’t eat it until later. (School, work, field trip, etc.) Ok ok… so that’s something I didn’t know until I spent 15 minutes of my one life here on Earth, reading these Facebook comments.
- Apply peanut butter to one side and jelly to the other – Why? Because the jelly sticks MUCH better to the sandwich creation, whereas when you put peanut butter on both sides, sometimes it’s hard to get the jelly to stick inside of the sandwich and it can seep out.
Moral of How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly?
There is no wrong or right way… unless you discuss it in a Facebook group and then someone will surely tell you you’re wrong.
Spoon or Knife?
I know, I know… I can hear some of you saying that right now… but hear me out.
Picture it: Public speaking class, my freshman year in college. (Yes, I’m hooked on watching Golden Girls at the moment, and I find myself quoting Sofia with “Picture it…” before I tell any story these days.)
Our assignment was to prepare a speech on giving a tutorial for the class. I remember one speech — and one speech only — from that day, and it wasn’t mine. A fellow classmate stood up and said,
“Today I’m going to teach you how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”
We all chuckled and I even said under my breath “Who doesn’t know how to make a peanut butter and jelly? For real.”
Well to my surprise, my classmate taught me something that day. I was making a peanut butter and jelly ALL wrong.
How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly
I’ll show you below what I learned that day, and how it changed my peanut butter and jelly sandwich making life.
If only I would have known back then that in 15 years I’d have little boys at home who want a pb&j every single day for lunch, I’d probably give that guy a big hug.
Use a Spoon:
Use a spoon.
So many people that I know use a butter knife to spread their peanut butter and jelly, and it rips their bread and gets so messy.
- A spoon scoops the peanut butter and jelly out easier than a knife.
- Using the back of the spoon, spread the peanut butter and jelly onto each piece of bread.
I promise, if you’re still using a butter knife to make your pb&j’s, use a spoon next time to see if it works better for you. It’s just one of those little life hacks that is so simple, but incredibly helpful!
With a house full of little boys, I’ve learned that cutting their sandwiches diagonal both ways helps keep the mess down. Their little hands hold on to the small triangles MUCH easier than a whole sandwich, or even half of a sandwich.
What is Your Favorite Way to Make a PB&J?
When we had a big family gathering a few weeks ago, and I was thinking about this blog post… I asked everyone in the room how they make and prefer their pb&j. It was hilarious how different everyone prefers a simple pb&j.
• The crust cut off
• Mix together peanut butter & jelly and then apply to the bread
• Eat whole, cut diagonally or cut down the middle
• Fried (That’s my husband’s favorite way, and I’ve shared that recipe here!)