National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is on April 2, and we couldn’t be more excited! Mostly popular in the U.S., peanut butter and jelly may seem like an odd combination to some, but it sure is a great snack. The best part is the many combinations of this classic — choosing different flavors of jelly or alternating between creamy and crunchy peanut butter.
When is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day 2024?
The great combination of peanut butter and jelly is celebrated on April 2 every year.
History of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day timeline
Home economist Julia Davis Chandler publishes a recipe for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the "Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics."
Smuckers releases Goober Grape, a pre-swirled peanut butter and jelly combination in a jar.
Another leap in premade sandwich technology by Smuckers.
This dancing banana meme has since received 29 million views on Youtube, and in 2019, experienced a revival of popularity when it was turned into a character in the popular video game "Fortnite."
PB&Js are a league-wide locker room staple in the NBA, with each team having its own tradition.
Traditions Of The Day
Traditions for the day are to snack on perhaps what is the greatest combination of food ever. Most people have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches regularly, but it is an absolute must to prepare a sandwich or two today. Already a kids’ favorite, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are packed for lunch or prepared for home time.
It is also a great opportunity to try a different combination of peanut butter and jelly, and post your winning combination on social media. The peanut butter and jelly meme also resurfaces on National Peanut Butter And Jelly Day.
By The Numbers
1901 — the year when the first written reference to peanut butter and jelly was made.
1,500 – the average number of PB&J sandwiches an American will eat before turning 18.
27% – the percentage of daily required fat in a PB&J sandwich.
22% – the percentage of daily required calories in a PB&J sandwich.
90% – the percentage by which a PB&J is more economical than a sandwich made with almond butter.
94% – the percentage of Americans who have at least one jar of peanut butter at home.
3,000 – the number of PB&J sandwiches that are eaten by an individual during their lifetime.
29% – the percentage of people who prefer crunchy peanut butter.
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day FAQs
Is peanut butter and jelly good together?
Peanut butter and jelly is the absolute best combination out there.
What jelly goes with peanut butter?
Strawberry jelly is a staple favorite for combining with peanut butter, with grape jelly being a close runner-up.
What is peanut butter and jelly together called?
Peanut butter and jelly are often referred to as ‘stripes.’
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day Activities
Pack a lunch
As a "thank you" to the nice lunch ladies and parents out there who packed your PB&Js, today is the day to spread the jelly (and the love) and make a sandwich for someone else.
Throw a sampler party
Spread out some different jellies and peanut butters. Maybe try making your own jelly, or baking a loaf of homemade bread. Invite friends and family over to compare combinations.
Remember the PB to your J
Today's the day to text your better half and remind them that you're nuttin' without them.
5 Facts About Peanut Butter & Jelly That Make Us Love It More
It was President George W. Bush's favorite sandwich.
Avoiding a soggy sandwich
PB&J lovers recommend spreading peanut butter on both sides of the bread to prevent it from getting soggy.
It’s worth fighting for
A man in Iowa was ready to stab his brother for eating too many PB&J sandwiches.
It’s enjoyed in outer space too
Astronauts prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in space.
Some restaurants serve nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Why We Love National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
It's a complete protein
Combining a legume (a bean, lentil, or peanut) with a grain (like rice, corn, and wheat) creates a complete protein. This means that peanut butter and jelly mixed with whole wheat bread gives you all of the essential amino acids your body needs.
It's elegantly simple
That makes it fertile ground for creativity. For example, what ratio of peanut butter to jelly do you prefer? What flavor fruit — and how chunky the peanut spread? What type of bread? Or how 'bout a peanut butter and jelly bagel? Of course, you can always add additional ingredients. Elvis liked bacon and bananas on his PB&J...and who are we to argue?
It's great on-the-go
This smart sammie has gotten many families through long car trips, hiking days, and school field trips. Three ingredients yield so many lunches.
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Nat'l PB & J Day: Making The Elvis Special