April 2nd is National Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich. It’s easy to whip up a sandwich; but more special to make a waffle sandwich.
We’re making waffle sandwiches, inspired by a recipe from Cait’s Plate.
We used Peanut Butter & Co.’s Smooth Operator, but you can use any flavor of any brand you like.
Peanut Butter & Co.’s other peanut butter flavors include The Bee’s Knees (honey), Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, Crunch Time, Dark Chocolate Dreams, The Heat Is On, Mighty Maple, Old Fashioned Crunchy, Old Fashioned Smooth and White Chocolate Wonderful.
We used Smooth Operator and Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Spread in Strawberry. We made our own waffles from scratch. Frozen just doesn’t do it for us.
But if you use store-bought waffles, you’ll be ready to eat in five minutes.
RECIPE: PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY WAFFLES
Ingredients For 1 Serving
Waffles of choice
2 tablespoons peanut butter, or more to taste
2 tablespoons jelly or jam of choice, or more to taste
Optional layer: sliced bananas
Optional garnish: berries or other fruit
1. MAKE the waffles. Spread with peanut butter and jelly, add the optional bananas and stack into a “sandwich.”
P.B. & J. IN THE U.S.A.
Last year, Smucker’s conducted a study on America’s favorite comfort foods. The winner was PB&J.
Comforting America through thick and thin, rich and poor, crunchy and creamy, the survey revealed that PB&J is beloved across all generations.
30% of Americans say a PB&J sandwich is their number one choice for comfort food, followed by macaroni and cheese (21%) and grilled cheese (19%)
30% of Americans are most likely to eat a PB&J sandwich when packing/making one for their child.
60% of Moms say a PB&J sandwich is the easiest lunch to make.
57% of Dads say a PB&J sandwich is the easiest lunch to make.
48% of millennials say a PB&J sandwich is their go-to lunch item.
37% of millennials eat a PB&J sandwich about two or more times per week.
HOW PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY CAME TO BE
Jelled, crushed fruits have been around since ancient times. It took a couple of additional millennia for peanut butter to appear.
Peanut butter was developed in 1880 by a St. Louis doctor, to provide a protein food for people who had lost their chewing teeth. In those days, peanut butter was scooped out of barrels by the corner grocer.