'National PBJ Day' on Serious Eats

Happy Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

If you wanted a reason to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, now is the time: April 2 is Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. We don't question these food holidays; we just eat what they tell us to. For more PB&J goodness, check out our primer on jams and jellies and read our Peanut Butter and Jelly Report where we taste tested different brands of peanut butter. And if you want to kick things up a notch, make your sandwich the extreme way. More

It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

Sometimes, when Serious Eats general manager Alaina Browne gets a free moment, she investigates the seemingly bizarre practice of giving foods a national day of their own. A couple of weeks ago, right after we put the National Pig Day content to bed, Alaina announced that April 2 was National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.... More

Cool Tool: The Flessenlikker

Photograph from Wikipedia Flessenlikker = "jar licker" in Dutch. Also known as a flessenschraper ("bottle scraper"). The long handle and flexible rubber spatula at the end do just what you think they would: help you get every last scrap from the bottle—especially long, narrow vessels. The joke here is that it's a Norwegian invention that has failed in every country but the Netherlands. The Dutch are smart, though: They probably get at least one more PBJ sandwich out of their respective jars than flessenlikker rejectors.... More

Peanut Butter & Jelly Baby Bib

Okay, so my friends have to start having babies right NOW, so I can get them this adorable bib with jars of peanut butter and grape jelly in love with each other. $8 from Etsy seller hannabear, printed by CafePress. (It's so super cute I almost wish it came in adult sizes! Hey, stop looking at me like that—eating lobster is messy!)... More

Some Finger-Snappin' with Your Lip-Smackin'

Commenting on the PBJ Special Report, Serious Eater Young mentioned that his friends in the band Chaibaba had recorded a song called "PB & J." We checked it out, and it was inspirational. So, in honor of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, Serious Eats has included Chaibaba's song in a special PBJ iMix on iTunes. After the jump ...... More

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Magnet

Proclaim your love of PB&J to one and all, or at least all of the people who get to see your fridge, by putting this die-cut photographic Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Magnet on it. $2.99 from fridgedoor.com, and no one will ever again doubt where your sandwich allegiance lies.... More

Peanut Butter Glasses

Sometimes it's not about the peanut butter or the jelly, but the containers they've arrived in—glasses printed with illustrations of flowers, animals, trains, cartoon characters, and all sorts of other cultural touchstones. Barbara E. Mauzy is both a collector and seller of them, and her 2002 book Peanut Butter Glasses is apparently the definitive guide to these collectibles, featuring almost 1100 photographs and notes. Karen's Peanut Butter Glasses is a small but great catalog of tumblers from the 1950s, arranged by category; the fruits are my favorite, although the dogs are pretty great too! If you're looking to buy one (maybe a glass you remember from your childhood?) eBay has a hundred or so for sale right now, many... More

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

Easy Home Cooking Magazine's recipe for Peanut Butter Ice Cream Triangles (at left) has you making the triangles out of scratch and then just adding vanilla, cinnamon or chocolate ice cream to make the ice cream sandwiches, but you can add some extra oomph by using Haagen-Dazs chocolate peanut butter ice cream to get PB flavor both inside and out. If you'd like to make the entire sandwich from scratch, ice cream included, Emeril Lagasse has a recipe for Peanut Butter and Chocolate Praline Ice Cream Sandwiches from a 1999 episode of Emeril Live, which'll have you making both vanilla-praline ice cream and the peanut butter chocolate pralines to sandwich them in. A lot of work to be sure,... More

Pepper Jellies

I think of jellies as being sweet and made out of fruits, but some people like to make their PB&Js with jellies that are anything but, made with peppers and including all sorts of ingredients from sweet to savoury, like raspberries and garlic! If you don't feel like combining them with peanut butter, they can be served on crackers with cheese, or you can cook with them the way you would with chutneys. Elise over at Simple Recipes posted a recipe for Jalapeño Pepper Jelly, if you'd like to try your hand at making some yourself. If you'd rather just buy a jar or two, Sam McGees sells eight gourmet pepper jellies (including the award-winning Bryanas Hot Red Pepper... More

Sesame Noodle Noodling with PB, no J

Sam Sifton, currently the New York Times culture editor, is the greatest writer about food you've never heard of. Although he is too busy in his present job to write much at all these days, he does find time to occasionally contribute to the New York Times Magazine. Yesterday he wrote a fantastic piece about the history and evolution of cold sesame noodles. He even includes a recipe, with the help and aid of yarn-spinner and Chinese restaurateur Eddie Schoenfeld (aka "Chop Sooey Looey"). It calls for a tablespoon of smooth peanut butter and a quarter cup of chopped roasted peanuts. Alas, no jelly.... More

Peanut Butter and Jelly Spreader

If you've ever had trouble buying something for someone who seems to already have everything, I can all but guarantee they won't have Cuisipro's Peanut Butter and Jelly Spreader. $11 buys you a foot-long tool with color-coded silicon paddles on each end—light brown for the peanut butter and purple for the jelly—to prevent the dreaded bottle cross-contamination and horrible bread tearing that the usage of knives inflicts. Yes, it's dishwasher-safe, and yes, it comes with a 25-year warranty, although really, by the year 2032 our sandwiches should be spreading themselves.... More

Peanut Butter Stats

Some peanut butter stats: It takes roughly 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. Peanut butter is consumed in about 89 percent of US households. The world's largest peanut butter factory – Jif, in Lexington, Ky. – churns out 250,000 jars of the tasty treat every day. The average child will eat 1,500 peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches before he or she graduates high school. Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky, according to the National Peanut Board.... More

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes: Not Gross, Just Delicious

Yesterday, while perusing the showcase at Buttercup, one of the bakeries in my neighborhood, I noticed a tray of peanut butter and jelly cupcakes. My first thought was Yuck!. But then I decided that in the name of PBJ research I had to try one. Guess what? The PBJ cupcake was awesome. The cupcake had little pockets of grape jelly, the cupcake itself was moist and toothsome, and the chunky peanut butter frosting was smooth and rich without being cloyingly sweet. I asked one of the young women behind the counter if I could look at the two Buttercup Bakery cookbooks behind the counter. Sure enough, the recipe for PBJ cupcakes were in Buttercup Bakes at Home.... More

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream at Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins is featuring a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup flavor all through March, April, and May, offering it in stores as scoops and prepackaged quarts, shakes, and sundaes, the latter of which sounds particularly scrumptious: "This madness is not just a layer of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but three scoops of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream. How to top that? Hot fudge wouldn’t be enough. Let’s also add Reese's Peanut Butter Sauce and some whipped cream. Just for good measure."... More

The History of the PBJ Sandwich

How did the peanut butter and jelly sandwich come to be? Peanut butter as we know it was invented in the second half of the 19th century. It started to gain popularity at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Initially a fancy-pants sandwich, the invention of sliced bread in the 1920s helped prompt its migration to an everyday staple.... More

A Little Revisionist Passover History

Here at Serious Eats world headquarters there are Jews like me heading for seders tonight and tomorrow night to celebrate the first two nights of Passover. And what, some of you might rightfully ask, are we doing celebrating National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on the site today instead of dispensing advice on how to cook brisket or even haroset, the apples and honey dish that is supposed to symbolize the mortar Jews used to build the pyramids in Egypt? But, as my wife makes her haroset with apples and walnuts in the room next to me, I have decided that peanut butter and jelly would also make a terrific haroset. Peanut butter and jelly has the exact same characteristics... More

J: Jams, Jellies (and Preserves and Conserves)

What's the difference between jelly and jam? Can you make a peanut butter and jam? Technically that's still PB&J, right? And what are preserves? Marmalades? And conserves? These days, when it's easy to just pick up a jar of Smucker's at the supermarket, why should we bother to try to make sense of these terms? More

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