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National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is celebrated on April 2nd. North Americans traditionally prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast – one slice of bread is spread with peanut butter, the other with jelly (usually grape), jam, or marmalade. By the way, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is President George W. Bush’s favorite food.


Parents often prepare sandwiches for their children, consisting of two slices of bread, peanut butter and jam or jelly. There is even a special well-known abbreviation for this sandwich – PB&J (peanut butter jelly). PB&J is considered a hearty dessert sandwich made by busy parents or independent children. None of the ingredients need to be thawed or cooked separately, which greatly simplifies cooking.

All you need is white bread, berry jam and peanut butter – these ingredients are sold in any store. One piece is spread with paste, the second with jelly, and then the slices are combined. Sometimes jelly is replaced with jam or confiture.

Peanut butter was invented in America in the 1890s. The first time a sandwich recipe that had these two ingredients was published in 1901 in a Boston culinary magazine.

Then peanut butter was produced in a more convenient form for spreading on bread, and fantastic popularity of this product increased more and more. During the years of the Great Depression American families found out that it was a hearty and inexpensive meal.

It is a good source of vitamin B, rich with protein and has no cholesterol. Nowadays, almost half of the peanut crop is used to make peanut butter.

Therefore it’s no surprise that November is America’s «Peanut Butter Month» and jelly and peanut butter were on the rations menu for soldiers during World War II.

How to celebrate

The most important thing to remember that this is really national food, so it must be commended. One can use any jam inside of it, but it tastes better if a little sour. Probably a good idea would be to arrange a party in the team in honor of this famous sandwich, where all the participants come with their own peanut butter and jam dishes. Traditionally, people take plain white toast bread for this sandwich while early morning rush, but why not experiment? Everyone can choose any bread and then others decide which sandwich is the best.

When is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day celebrated in 2022?

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is observed on April 2 each year.