Feeling down after the passing of April Fools’? Fear not, my friends, for today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Hey, we’ve observed National Pancake Day, National Napping Day, and National Squirrel Appreciation Day — so why not?
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day: The History
No one’s quite sure where National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day began, though Welch’s claims the credit for a key ingredient within the PB&J sandwich itself (which, I might add, seems quite questionable). The jam-maker says it introduced concord grape jelly in 1923, two years before Skippy hit the market, and that planted the seed (so to speak) for the classic creation.
The actual sandwich supposedly first surfaced in the 40s during World War II, when PBJ became part of the military’s rations. (I guess no one had the thought to combine salty and sweet spreads prior to that point. Mmm hmm.)
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day: The Celebration
How do you celebrate the PB&J sandwich? According to the folks at eHow, the best way to honor National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is — not surprisingly — to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Done and done. They have some tips for making the perfect version here, if you need any pointers.
Should you still be feeling the PBJ spirit, you might check out the web for some National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day e-cards. Yes, they actually make those.
From me to you, happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! Enjoy the special day – only in America!!!