9 Surprising Facts about PB&Js

a sandwich of peanut butter and jelly on a table.Jun 2, 2023

You’ve probably been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches since you were a kid, but we’re willing to bet that there a few things that may still surprise you about America’s beloved sandwich.

  1. 39,303 – the number of PB&Js restaurant chain Which Wich made in one hour to break the world record in 2015. They’re aiming to make 100,000 PBJs this month for people in need.
  2. April 2 – Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.
  3. 90% – How much less a PB&J costs than a sandwich made with almond butter.
  4. Peanut butter + whole wheat bread makes PB&Js a complete protein for vegetarians. Read more here.
  5. PB&J can go beyond the sandwich: PB&J Smoothie Bowl, PB&J French Toast, PB&J Muffins, PB&J Quinoa Cookies, and lots more!
  6. PB&Js are good for the planet. It takes fewer than 3.2 gallons of fresh water to produce one ounce of peanuts, and peanuts add beneficial nutrients to the soil. Find out more about peanuts and sustainability.
  7. 94% of Americans have at least one jar of peanut butter at home so a PB&J is always at the ready.
  8. 1901 – Year that the first known reference to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich appeared in the Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics. Source.

Find out more about where the peanut butter in your favorite sammie comes from in our Journey of a Peanut Butter Jar series.

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