This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. #PBLove Originally posted in 2017. Updated in 2022.
How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich: Did you know that there’s a certain way to make a pb&j even better? It’s true. Keep reading!
Do you know that 2400 people search google a month, asking:
How do you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
It’s true! But I love it because even though there are many tricks and different ways to make one, I’m sharing my favorite way with you today. So keep reading because you may find one of my favorite tricks is your new favorite!
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.
What is the correct way to make a peanut butter and jelly?
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.
So from above, 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. However, here’s my favorite tip for making a peanut butter and jelly the best:
Should you use a spoon or knife to spread peanut butter?
A spoon? Hear me out…
Our assignment in college 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 because we didn’t know how he was going to make an entire speech on this topic. But to my surprise, my classmate taught me something that day. I was making a peanut butter and jelly ALL wrong.
You only need three ingredients to make a classic peanut butter and jelly.
- peanut butter (Crunchy or creamy)
- jelly (Your favorite flavor. We prefer strawberry or grape.)
- bread (White, wheat, or your favorite type of bread.)
How do you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich better?
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.
1. 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!
Place the two pieces of bread together, making sure the peanut butter and jelly are touching.
2. Criss-Cross Cuts:
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.
If you choose to cut this way:
- Cut from corner to corner, in a diagonal way, twice.
What to use instead of peanut butter for pb&j
If you can’t have peanut butter, you may love this almond butter recipe!
You can also use something such as Nutella or even omit the peanut butter completely or even the jelly!
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 how to make a fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich!)
- Peanut butter with syrup or honey instead of jelly
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How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
- 2 slices bread white, wheat or favorite type of bread
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter creamy or crunchy
- 1 tablespoon jelly or jam – any flavor
- Using a spoon, scoop about a tablespoon of peanut butter and simply spread on one slice of bread. After the majority of the peanut butter is on the bread, turn the spoon over, and using the back of the spoon, spread the peanut butter to the corners. (Using a knife for this can cut the bread and tear it.)
- Using a different spoon (or clean the first one) scoop about a tablespoon of jelly or jam, and pour on to the other slice of bread, and spread to the edges using the back of the spoon, as you did with the peanut butter.
- Place the peanut butter bread and the jelly bread together, so the peanut butter and jelly are touching. Enjoy!
- If desired, cut in to half or cut in to 4 small triangular shapes.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.