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National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day with your favorite sandwich - get creative and make something unique that your taste buds will love!
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April 2
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Celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on April 2 with the classic sandwich combination that has been around for over 100 years! This tasty duo first gained popularity in 1901, when a recipe featuring peanut butter was published. Since then, it has become an iconic lunchtime staple for kids and adults alike. So grab some bread, your favorite jelly, creamy or crunchy peanut butter (or both!) and enjoy this timeless treat.

History of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day Dates

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1884</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Peanut Butter Patent </div><div class='timeline-text'>Marcellus Gilmore Edson, a Canadian chemist, was awarded the first patent for the process of making peanut butter.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1901</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First PB&J Recipe Published</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first known reference to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was published in the Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1928</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of Sliced Bread</div><div class='timeline-text'>The creation of sliced bread by the Chillicothe Baking Company made PB&J sandwiches easier to prepare, particularly for children.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1968</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Skippy’s Uncrustables Launch</div><div class='timeline-text'>Skippy introduced Uncrustables, pre-made, crustless PB&J sandwiches, adding convenience to this staple food item.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National PB&J Day Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American holiday, National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, was officially established and set to be celebrated annually on April 2.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake peanut butter and jelly cookies</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Mix your favorite cookie dough with peanut butter and jelly to create a delicious treat. You can even roll the cookies in crushed peanuts or add some mini marshmallows for a unique twist.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a PB&J trail mix</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some peanuts, dried fruits, and some cereal together to make a tasty snack. Add in some peanut butter chips and some jelly beans for a special flavor.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make PB&J smoothies</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Blend together bananas, strawberries, yogurt, peanut butter, and a touch of honey to make a flavorful smoothie that celebrates National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a PB&J sandwich eating contest</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Compete against your friends to see who can eat the most peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in one sitting. Make sure to provide plenty of napkins!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a PB&J party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite all your friends over for an afternoon of fun activities centered around peanut butter and jelly. Have everyone bring their favorite breads, jams, jellies, and nut butters to share.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's simple and easy to make</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is so quick and easy that anyone can do it in just a few minutes. Plus, you can customize it however you like with different types of breads, nut butters, jellies and jams!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's super versatile</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>What sets the PB&J apart from other sandwiches is its versatility - you can enjoy it hot or cold, as a snack or a full meal. You can even get creative with it by adding ingredients like bacon, cheese, avocado or even Nutella for an extra bit of deliciousness!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Peanut Butter makes for a healthy snack</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Peanut butter contains plenty of protein and healthy fats which makes it the perfect snack option when you're feeling peckish in between meals. And when combined with the sweetness of jelly, it tastes delicious too!</p></div></div>

5 Tasty Twists on Peanut Butter and Jelly

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Different cultures have their unique versions of PB&J</h3><p class='facts-text'>Around the world, people have adapted the classic PB&J to their own cuisine, using regional spreads, butters, and even bread types- like French Croissants or Indian Naan.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>There's a secret technique to prevent sogginess in your PB&J</h3><p class='facts-text'>Adding a thin layer of peanut butter to both slices of bread before applying jelly can prevent the bread from getting soggy! Turns out, peanut butter makes a great barrier.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Gourmet versions of PB&J exist</h3><p class='facts-text'>Chefs have been known to recreate PB&J sandwiches with gourmet ingredients like almond butter and artisan jam on organic freshly baked bread. Some even include additions such as fresh fruits, honey or granola for texture.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Peanut Butter and Jelly have their scholarly significance</h3><p class='facts-text'>PB&J sandwiches have been used in academic settings to explain economic concepts such as supply and demand, labor and wage implications in production, as well as international trade and globalization.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>PB&J sandwiches have played their part in sport history</h3><p class='facts-text'>American swimmer Michael Phelps reportedly included PB&J sandwiches in his pre-race meals during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where he went on to win a record-breaking 8 Gold medals.</p></div></div>

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day FAQs

When is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day?

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is celebrated on April 2 every year. In 2024 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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