The Humble Peanut Butter & Jelly

written by Yummy Editorial 2nd August 2018

The first located reference to the now immortal peanut butter and jelly sandwich was published by Julia Davis Chandler in 1901. This immediately became a hit with America’s youth, who loved the double-sweet combination, and it has remained a favorite ever since…. During the early 1900s peanut butter was considered a delicacy and as such it was served at upscale affairs and in New York’s finest tearooms. Ye Olde English Coffee House made a ‘Peanut Butter and Pimento Sandwich.’ The Vanity Fair Tea-Room served its peanut butter with watercress…. The Colonia Tea-Room served peanut butter on toast triangles and soda crackers… Peanut butter sandwiches moved down the class structure as the price of peanut butter declined due to the commercialization of the industry. Peanut butter’s use also moved down the age structure of the nation as manufacturers added sugar to the peanut butter, which appealed to children … Sliced bread meant that children could make sandwiches themselves without slicing the bread with a potentially dangerous knife. As a consequence of low cost, high nutrition, and ease of assembling, peanut butter sandwiches became one of the top children’s meals during the Depression.”

Source: Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea, Andrew F. Smith. University of Illinois Press, Urbana. 2002

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