April 2nd is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Celebrate by chowing down on a delicious PB&J sandwich while reading these 10 facts about the legendary snack!
- The first found reference to the sandwich was published by Julia Davis Chandler in 1901
- The average American will have eaten 1,500 of the sandwiches before graduating from high school
- Rations for GI’s in WWII included peanut butter and jelly, and sales of both skyrocketed after the war. This accident of history is usually credited with making the sandwich a staple of postwar America.
- Variations on the classic PB&J include adding marshmallows, bananas, cream cheese, and honey. It has even been served deep fried with chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
- The sandwich inspired an early 2000s Flash animation of a banana dancing to the song “It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time”, which continues to be popular today
- The world’s biggest peanut butter and jelly sandwich was created November 6th, 1993 in Peanut, Pennsylvania. It was 40 ft long and contained 150lbs of peanut butter and 50lbs of jelly
- 96% of people, when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, put the peanut butter on before the jelly
- The average peanut butter and jelly sandwich is about 330 calories
- Former President George W. Bush said his favorite sandwich was PB&J
- A popular children’s song on the TV show “Barney and Friends” describes how to make the perfect sandwich
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