There’s no sandwich in America more popular than one with peanut butter and jelly. This is why, no matter what jam one chooses, it is especially deserving of a celebration.
There are literally hundreds of versions of the sandwich one may try. Thus, to honor this day, we’ve prepared some pieces of interesting information on the topic.
The History of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter has a history as rich as its taste. It is said that the first lucky people to prepare and eat it were the Aztecs. They roasted fresh peanuts and then grounded them into paste. It has many advantages, in addition to its taste. The product is rich in proteins and calories, is easy to transport, and hard to spoil. This is why many military forces choose it for their provision. It is also used by medical professionals to feed the patients who cannot deal with solid food.
Some people mistakenly think that all peanut butter is the same. This cannot be further from the truth. Salted, smooth, chunky – peanut butter can satisfy any taste. Some companies premix the butter with jelly for the customers’ convenience.
The History of the Sandwich
Some say that a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich was first made during the Civil war in America. Both butter and jelly were included in the soldiers’ rations to get a delicious treat. After the war had ended, the soldiers brought the recipe back to their families.
A Couple of Facts about Jelly
It is important to understand that the word "jelly" in the American and British variants of English means two different things. In the US, it is a clear preserve naturally sweetened with the sugar contained in fruit juice. The gel-like texture is achieved with the help of pectin. There are many flavors available to consumers. Some, such as grape or blackberry, are very popular, while others are considered to be a bit more exotic. People who like spicy food often prefer habanero or wasabi as ingredients.
Beyond the Sandwich
The taste of the sandwich is so popular that it is now used for other delicious treats. One can find such things as ice cream flavored with jelly and peanut butter, as well as cooking, spreads, cakes and many other. Even Pop-tarts have joined in on the fun.
Celebrate the delicious goodness of the sandwich by grabbing the ingredients from your local store and making a couple of sandwiches!