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Are You Making a Peanut Butter & Jelly the Right Way?

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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.

How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

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.

Spread the peanut butter on the bread with a spoon: how to make a peanut butter and jelly

Use a Spoon:

Use a spoon.

He said.

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.

  1. A spoon scoops the peanut butter and jelly out easier than a knife.
  2. 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!

The best way to spread jelly to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

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.

Slice sandwich crossways to make it easy for little hands! PB&J's for school lunches.

Jif® and Smucker’s®

With my oldest heading to kindergarten next month (insert mom tears) I know that peanut butter and jellys will be the lunch of choice at least 3 days out of each week!

Jif® and Smucker’s® will definitely be rotating on my Walmart store list this year, and I’m completely okay with that because a pb&j made with Jif® (which has 7 grams of protein) and Smucker’s®, puts a smile on his face and powers his day!

How to make a pb&j the right way!

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 share that recipe here!)

For more fun pb&j inspiration, visit!

4 thoughts on “Are You Making a Peanut Butter & Jelly the Right Way?

  1. Traci P says:

    My kids are teenagers and I still struggle with this!! Just last night in fact—the bread was extra soft which made it extra hard to spread without tearing. But, what I heard a while back is that you should spread the jelly on TOP of the peanut butter—not on the other piece of bread. It will spread easier and not tear the bread. Now, I don’t really do this, because I think “what if I have to go back into the jelly jar? Then there’s peanut butter on my knife (now it will be a spoon) already and it will contaminate my jelly jar 🙂 Of course, this is easily solved by grabbing another knife/spoon, but why make things easy? 🙂

    1. Jessica says:

      Haha!!!! I love that you shared this Traci! I always freak out about using the same spoon for both too, but never want to use an additional spoon. LOL!! Why do we do this to ourselves!? 🙂

      1. Traci P. says:

        I used a spoon last night! Heck, I went for it and used TWO spoons…I will never go back to a knife. And I will teach my kids to do the same. At 14 and 18 they really should be making their own lunches anyway 🙂 Thank you!

        1. Jessica says:

          Ah!!!! Yay Traci!!!! Haha, how fun! So happy that you like doing it that way. 🙂 You’re so welcome!

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