The internet is full of fabulous fun facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided that when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with you, our readers, in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know food fun facts we will look at the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.
The Facts: The first reference of peanut butter paired with jelly on bread was rumored to be published in the United States by Julia Davis Chandler in 1901. By the late 1920s, this sandwich eventually moved down the class structure as the price of peanut butter declined.
- A 2002 survey showed the average American will have eaten 2,500 of these sandwiches before graduating from high school.
- In 1998, The J.M. Smucker Co. introduced Goober, a jarred product which combined alternating vertical stripes of peanut butter and jelly.
- February 12th is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
- During World War II, it is said that both peanut butter and jelly were found on U.S. soldiers’ military ration list.
- November 13, 2010, the World’s Largest PB&J Sandwich was made at the Great American Peanut Butter Festival in Grand Saline, TX. The new record stands at 1,342 pounds! 720 pounds of bread, 493 pounds of peanut butter and 129 pounds of jelly.
Chefs around the country use comfort foods, like PB&J, as inspiration for new menu items. Be brave and try one of the items below in honor of this national holiday:
- The Malibu Inn‘s Deep Fried PB&J: Make this amazing sandwich at home by dipping your sandwich in pancake batter and deep-frying it. Dust with powdered sugar for a finishing touch.
- Dirty Bird’s PB&J Wings: These unusual fried wings are tossed in peanut sauce and then drizzle in strawberry sauce.
- Grant Grill’s Peanut Butter Mousse Dessert: Chef Chris Kurth has created a refined peanut butter dessert for grown-ups. Strawberry basil ice cream gives a subtle nod to the strawberry jam of our youth.
- PBJ’s Smokin Goat: This Oregon-based cart offers a unique spin on the sacred sandwich, with kalamata olive bread, almond butter, bacon, goat cheese and fig jam.
- Peanut Butter & Co’s Pregnant Lady: Filled with peanut butter and pickles, this is a sandwich we think Snooki would love.
Do you know of any additional facts about the PB&J that we may have missed?
If so, please feel free to let us know in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.
Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches