A different kind of peanut butter and jelly sandwich (photo © Cait’s Plate).
April 2nd is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Day. 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. (National Waffle Day is August 24th—another chance to make the recipe below.)
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.
> The history of waffles.
Ingredients For 1 Serving
1. MAKE the waffles. Spread with peanut butter and jelly, add the optional bananas and stack into a “sandwich.”
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.
THE HISTORY OF PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY:
HOW PB&J 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.
Thanks to the proselytizing of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, who owned a sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan, peanut butter became popular at health spas (sanitariums).
It was lapped up by the rich and famous who populated the spas, and the recipe returned home with them. Peanut butter was the fad food of the elite. It moved into the mainstream only after the elite market was saturated.
According to Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea by Andrew F. Smith:
Peanut butter became a trend (in the old days, a “fad”). According to sources in The Story Behind The Dish, peanut butter was originally paired [on crackers or tea sandwiches] with celery, cheese, nasturtium, pimento and watercress.
Here’s more on the history of peanut butter.
In a Good Housekeeping article published in May 1896, a recipe “urged homemakers to use a meat grinder to make peanut butter and spread the result on bread.” The following month, the culinary magazine Table Talk published a “peanut butter sandwich recipe.”
According to The Story Behind The Dish: Classic American Foods by Mark McWilliams, the first published recipe for peanut butter and jelly on bread was from Julia Davis Chandler in 1901.
The recipe also appeared in the 1901 Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics, edited by Fanny Farmer.
It helped that peanut butter became popular around the time that sandwiches were becoming common lunch food in the U.S. According to McWilliams, they really “burst onto the scene in 1920s.”
For the rest of PB&J sandwich, here are the history of bread, and the history of waffles.
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