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The Big Debate of PB&J

PB&J’s are the most iconic food of our childhood – but do you even know when they came about?

Well, no one really knows.

But the first-ever published peanut butter and jelly sandwich recipe is from 1901 and was created by Julia Davis Chandler. Julia used peanut butter and crab-apple jelly to make her delicious concoction.

Now more than 100 years later we still use this simple recipe, with a few tweaks.

Right now there’s a big debate on social media on how to “properly” prepare a PB&J.

So what are they?

  1. Most people we saw take two slices of bread, put peanut butter on one side, and jelly on the other. It’s quick and easy – and also the best.
  2. Others take a slice of bread and spread peanut butter on first, then they put jelly on top of that and close out the sandwich with another slice.

But what is the best way to create this childhood favorite?

Taking peanut butter and jelly, putting it into a bowl, and mixing it. Once it’s mixed you spread it onto your bread slices – and voila!

Twitter was torn to pieces after this discussion, and as silly as the debate is in the grand scheme of things, maybe not everyone has the money or the means to make a PB&J. So when we went shopping, we bought extra and donated food to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, right here in Fort Myers.

Additional reporting by Jalyn Henderson and Brittany Muller