When is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day?
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is April 2nd.
What is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day?
What is more American than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? The answer is, Apple Pie. But PB&J is pretty close to the top. National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day celebrates this easy-to-make, crowd pleasing sandwich.
And really, it’s easy. Parents love how fast they make lunchtime prep, and kids love that combination of sweet jam with slightly salty peanut butter. This lunchtime classic pleases picky toddlers who will eat nothing else and nostalgic adults remembering their childhood. And the rest of us? Well, nobody outgrows PB&J.
Peanut butter started as a luxury item in the late 1800s, but it quickly dropped down the class ladder. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches took off after World War II. These two spreads were even part of U.S. military rations.
Fun facts about National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!
- A survey performed in 2002 suggested that your typical American kid will eat more than 2,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before high school graduation.
- PB&J sandwiches can be rather healthy as long as you dodge the super sugary jellies, look for natural peanut butters with low saturated fats, and use whole grain breads.
- Astronauts aboard the International Space Station make PB&Js in space, though they use tortillas, not bread.
How to celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day:
Enjoy the timeless PB&J by making one for yourself. Be sure to complement it with a cold glass of milk, just like the old days.
What’s the hashtag for National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day?
Use #PeanutButterAndJellyDay on social media to post your PB&J selfies.