eanut butter and jelly sandwich is an American classic. So, why not incorporate this flavor combination in a cake?
While PB&J combination isn’t that popular in Europe, one survey showed that the average American will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating from high school! But, do you know who and when invented this popular snack? The first peanut butter and jelly sandwich recipe appeared in 1901 in the Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics written by Julia Davis Chandler. It suggested use of currant or crab apple jelly and called the combination delicious and original.
At that time the peanut butter and jelly sandwich was an exclusive food, and its popularity among the masses was yet to come. When grape jam and pre-sliced bread became popular, another breakthrough happened with peanut butter—commercial brands found a way to create creamier peanut butter that didn’t stick to the roof of the mouth so easily.
As you probably know, the unpleasant sticking causes arachibutyrophobia (phobia of peanut butter sticking to your mouth!), so creamier peanut butter was in fact a big deal! Anyway, as the price of peanut butter dropped, during the Great Depression of the 1930s, peanut butter and jelly sandwich became a satisfying, high protein, less expensive meal.
Finally, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are so popular in the US that on April 2nd there is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Enough said about the sandwich – let’s make PB&J cake!
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