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Where did peanut butter and jelly come from?

Anyone know where the idea of mixing the two originated? Any information on this or the history of the snack/sandwich would be appreciated. Thanks!

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9 Responses to “Where did peanut butter and jelly come from?”

  1. Melanie K said:

    No idea; but now I want a pb & j sandwich!

    (Darn pregnancy cravings!)

  2. SupernaturalFan21 said:
  3. Charles W said:

    Forms of peanut butter were widely introduced in 1904 at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, although it had been sold as a medical nutritional supplement in St. Louis, Missouri for about 15 years. The modern, non-separating version was invented in 1922 by Joseph L. Rosefield, and became a popular lunch for schoolchildren. Both peanut butter and jelly were packed with United States Army K-rations in World War II. The combination proved so popular that returning GIs made peanut butter and jelly a standard American food.

  4. Sarah said:

    Forms of peanut butter were widely introduced in 1904 at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, although it had been sold as a medical nutritional supplement in St. Louis, Missouri for about 15 years. The modern, non-separating version was invented in 1922 by Joseph L. Rosefield, and became a popular lunch for schoolchildren. Both peanut butter and jelly were packed with United States Army K-rations in World War II. The combination proved so popular that returning GIs made peanut butter and jelly a standard American food.[citation needed]

    Some schools prohibit foods containing peanut products due to the rising incidence of severe peanut allergies among children.

  5. medrecgal1973 said:

    Type in “peanut butter and jelly” at http://www.wikipedia.org for a comprehensive explanation of the origins of this sandwich. Apparently it became popular thanks to returning GIs in WWII, who found it to have a relatively long shelf life and be more palatable than other stuff found in K-rations.

  6. lolo said:

    Heaven?
    Probably not the answer you were looking for, but its my best guess….

  7. I'm Gonna Tell You said:

    Food network has a series of shows called “Unwrapped”. The episode of “comfort foods” I caught about a year ago talked about this comfort food.

    Peanut butter was actually invented as a health food for people without teeth! A source of protein for the elderly.

    The idea of putting jam on toast is old and England boasts claim to always putting jam on crumpets (something of a cracker/muffin)

    But the research the show did on the combination was inconclusive as to who the ‘inventer’ of the combination was.

  8. jjthinstrips said:

    Food historians have seen nothing written about the peanut butter and jelly sandwich before 1940. What we do know is that GI’s in WW 2 were given rations of both peanut butter and jelly. When they returned to the states after the war peanut butter sales and jelly sales both soared.It would seem most likely this would be the birth of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    Here is some more links to the different Elements of the PB and J sandwich.

    Like the idea of theSandwich ….The Bread …. Peanut Butter… Jelly

    Links

    How a PB&J Came to Be
    From the Christian Science Monitor
    by Suman Bandrapalli, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

    The History of Peanut Butter and Jelly
    From the Smuckers site
    This is an interesting site with a timeline …..that traces the origin of Bread, fruit preserves and peanut butter.

    The History of Peanut Butter
    from Stephen Holloway’s CD The History of Food

  9. moobiemuffin said:

    I just love this!!! please watch :o)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuAJv-ATAV4




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