Who invented the peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

Both things taste good on bread, but where did the idea of combining the two come from?

Moving to Cafe Society.

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Peanut butter was first patented in 1884, and became popular in the late 1800s. People experimented with pairing it will all kinds of ingredients in sandwiches or on crackers. The first published reference in the United States was by Julia Davis Chandler in 1901 in the Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics.

Okay. You have peaked my interest since I grew up having PB&J sandwiches growing up.
I much preferred them to the bologna and mayo sandwiches and often traded mine for cookies or chips during grade school (US).

A quick research found probably more than you want to know.


I just finished lunch here, yet am now headed to market for the basics.
Peanut butter, grape jelly and American cheap white bread.
Out the door with less that 10$US!

BTW, am I the only one who spreads peanut butter on celery stalks?
Yeah, I guess I am weird that way.

Yes, this piques my interest as well.

A glass of ice cold milk, PB&J, and some potato chips, a fine snack.

Thank you for that link, Cabin_Fever. It confirmed what Colibri pointed out, and brought out that the sandwiches became popular during WWII when Welches’ Grapelade grape jelly was included in the soldiers rations along with peanut butter and pre-sliced bread.

Ants on vacation!?

CMC fnord!

I thought it was the now-coach of the New England Patriots, but maybe he just perfected it.

Our mother used to do that for us kids. It seemed to me a not so clever method employed to get us desensitized to vegetables, but I grudgingly admit the flavor contrasts seem to work, however improbable that may seem. I almost never remember to buy celery, it is good in certain sandwiches.

The earl of peanut butter and jelly.

Let’s say white Texans. There is such long list of foods that they claim to have invented, what’s one more?

If you can’t get enough of PB&J sandwiches, I highly recommend the new Kellogg’s Jif PB&J cereal. It smells exactly like a PB&J sandwich, and the taste is pretty close. I’m already on my third box since I discovered it about a month ago.

OK, this is really funny.

It was inwented by a little old lady from Leningrad.


I put “peanut butter and jelly sandwich” into Google Ngram. This is the first reference it found, which is from 1939:


Here’s the chart that Google Ngram made:


So it appears that although there are printed mentions of such sandwiches at least as early as 1939, it really took off about 1964 (and maybe has peaked in popularity recently).

It’s how my five-year-old son gets most of his vegetable intake in recent months.

Not weird at all. In fact, I would have thought this is super common. One of the first things I think of when thinking raw celery is for dipping in peanut butter.

Via Wikipedia, we find this cite from 1901;

The Dukes of Pastrami and Rye developed the prototype, but their un-nutty brand name was a marketing flop, so they went in a different direction.