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How To Make Traditional Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or PB&J for short, is a sandwich that consists of two slices of bread, one with a layer of peanut butter and the other with jelly or jam.

The earliest published mention to the sandwich occurred in the Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics in 1901. It was quick, convenient, and inexpensive.

Because peanut butter and jelly were both staples of military rations during WWII, returning troops helped popularise the sandwich, which swiftly spread across the country.


How To Make Traditional Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Cooking method: Other
Courses: Breakfast
Difficulty: beginner
Prep timeCook TimeRest TimeTotal Time
5 min - 5 min
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 326kcal
Best season: all

Prior to World War II, peanuts were pricey and largely reserved for the wealthy, who ate them in sandwiches with pimento cheese or meat at elegant New York City tearooms.

The prepared, sliced bread also contributed to the popularity of PB&J because youngsters could quickly make their own sandwiches. Today, it is a typical American staple, so much so that according to a 2002 poll, the average American will have had 1500 PB&J sandwiches before graduating from high school.



  1. On one slice of bread, spread the peanut butter.

  2. On the other side, spread the jelly.

  3. Put the two pieces of bread together to form a sandwich.

    Enjoy, Good Appetite!