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National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day – April 2, 2023

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 2023?

The great combination of peanut butter and jelly is celebrated on April 2 every year.

History of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

It’s National Peanut Butter and Jelly day! This combo is just about the best thing since sliced bread, even though technically it’s been around a few years longer. Peanut butter debuted at the 1883 Chicago World’s Fair. It was mainly sold in fancy tea rooms until the early 1900s, when the peanut industry commercialized and peanut butter became more affordable for everyone.

A home economist named Julia Davis Chandler conjured up the first known recipe for PB&J in a Boston cooking magazine back in 1901 (she recommended currant jelly). The 1928 pre-sliced bread revolution led a lot of people to eat peanut butter sandwiches during the Great Depression since it was an affordable and nutritious treat that kids could make for themselves. During WWII the U.S. Army’s food ration list included peanut butter, jelly, and bread — so give soldiers the credit for combining these tasty ingredients into the classic combination we know and love today. They brought their recipe back home, and American children have benefited ever since.

Let’s give thanks to all the PB&J pioneers! Peanut butter and jelly’s an affordable, tasty, and easy lunch we can all appreciate on April 2.

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day timeline

1901
First Documented PB&J

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."

1968
Goober Grape Hits Shelves

Smuckers releases Goober Grape, a pre-swirled peanut butter and jelly combination in a jar. 

1998
Smuckers Patents "Uncrustables" Crimped PB&J Sandwiches

Another leap in premade sandwich technology by Smuckers.

2006
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." 

2007
PB&J Became a Pre-Game Tradition

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

  1. 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. 

  2. 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. 

  3. 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

  1. President’s Choice

    It was President George W. Bush's favorite sandwich.

  2. Avoiding a soggy sandwich

    PB&J lovers recommend spreading peanut butter on both sides of the bread to prevent it from getting soggy.

  3. It’s worth fighting for

    A man in Iowa was ready to stab his brother for eating too many PB&J sandwiches.

  4. It’s enjoyed in outer space too

    Astronauts prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in space.

  5. Dedicated restaurants

    Some restaurants serve nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Why We Love National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

  1. 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. 

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day dates

YearDateDay
2022April 2Saturday
2023April 2Sunday
2024April 2Tuesday
2025April 2Wednesday
2026April 2Thursday

Let’s get social

Here are some special hashtags for the day.

#NationalPeanutButterAndJellyDay #PeanutbutterAndJelly #PeanutButter #PBJ #PeanutbutterAndJellyTime #PBJSandwich

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day Featured Video

Nat'l PB & J Day: Making The Elvis Special

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