by Kym Byrnes
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have been a lunch box staple for decades. In fact it is reported that the average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating from high school.
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on April 2 celebrates the sweet and nutty combo. Hanoverians probably won’t see any sandwiches like the one in Grand Saline, Texas, which weighed in at 1,342 pounds in 2010. It holds the record for the world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich, by the way.
Results of a Huffington Post reader survey in Sept. 2014 show that 36 percent of respondents said that strawberry jam is their favorite on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while 31 percent prefer grape jelly. The favorite bread is white bread (54 percent) and the favorite type of peanut butter is smooth (56 percent).
Being the snack capital of the world, Hanover has plenty of ways to put a new spin on the traditional sandwich. Snyder’s of Hanover pairs peanut butter with pretzels in its peanut butter pretzel sandwich product.
Want more ideas? Try some of these recipes to make lunch a little more fun this week:
Slice a banana and put it between the peanut butter and jelly on a sandwich
Grill a piece of French bread and cover it with peanut butter and raspberry jelly
Mix peanut butter and jelly with some cinnamon and use it as a dip for apples or pretzels
Instead of bread, spread your peanut butter and jelly on graham crackers or tortillas, throw some cream cheese in for a twist