National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day - History
PB&J Became a Pre-Game Tradition
PB&Js are a league-wide locker room staple in the NBA. Each team has its own tradition. Warriors star Kevin Durant even sponsored a PB&J-inspired shoe design.
Peanut Butter Jelly Time
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."
Smuckers patented "Uncrustables" Crimped PB&J Sandwiches
Another leap in premade sandwich technology by Smuckers. Freezer rations were filled en masse.
Goober Grape Hit Shelves
Smuckers released Goober Grape, a preswirled peanut butter and jelly combination in a jar.
First Documented PB&J
Home economist Julia Davis Chandler published a recipe for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the "Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics."
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.
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.