A child’s palate likely isn’t quite as refined, so dropping a ton of cash on freshly sliced prime rib lunch meat probably isn’t necessary. Nothing complex. Because peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were on soldiers’ ration menus.

The Earl of Sandwich is credited with inventing the sandwich because he wanted to eat his meal with one hand during a 24-hour gambling event and instructed his servant to put his meat between two slices of bread. According to the Mark Williams book, “The Story Behind the Dish: Classic American Foods,“ a woman by the name of Julia Davis Chandler published the first recipe of a sandwich that combined peanut butter and jelly in 1901. If the Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich, who invented the PB&J? Nothing fancy. Eventually peanut butter was discovered by middle class and other citizens. Then, a perfect storm, of sorts, hit. Greg is a Chicago guy who likes to cook, dine, and help others navigate their food choices. Next, let’s look at jelly; which is another food that has been around for a long time. In fact, it’s one of the rare things he made better than my mom. Peanut butter was a high-protein, shelf-stable ingredient and easily portable on long marches. When he's not writing for Chowhound, he's writing about handling the domestic responsibilities of a husband and stay-at-home parent for his new online community. It was also around this time that pre sliced bread started to appear. That said, he did make a mean PB&J. Another theory is that peanut butter was used because other popular foods were hard to find during the 1940s. I don’t know what it was about peanut butter and jelly that threw her for a curve, but she always seemed to struggle with the proper ratios. As the cost of production went down, everyone was finally able to afford it. When soldiers came home after the war, it was popular to spread Grapelade on bread. In fact, all things considered, it’s a pretty recent phenomenon. Grapelade had already accompanied soldiers in the first world war and added a sweetness to the sandwich. In the case of the quintessential American PB&J sandwich, the most important person in this part of the story is a man named Paul Welch. This is a guy who, when asked about the best meals he makes, is likely to remark with one of three things: 1) toast; 2) cereal; or 3) Eggo waffles.

It takes so little time and effort to make and, as a parent, time and effort are precious resources I like to conserve. Third, it can be consumed at room temperature. Kids across the nation are going back to school—or maybe distance learning from home again—which means one thing: Countless peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are being made. Through the years, other ingredients have been used. Why? What is known is that during World War II the sandwich was eaten by US soldiers. He developed and advertised Grapelade (rhymes with marmalade) from Concord grapes—this was popular with America’s troops in WWI. She said to use currant or crab-apple jelly and called the combination delicious and as far as she knew, original. innovations in food, First Bites—What to Know about Introducing Food Allergens Early. Rohwedder kept refining his invention and changing things until it was ready to use in bakeries. Some historians assert that the sandwich was already being eaten during the 1910s but wasn’t called peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

You may unsubscribe at any time. Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented a bread slicer but bakers were not interested because they thought no one would want their bread pre-sliced. First, let’s start with the bread, which is, of course, an ancient food that has been around for tens of thousands of years.

The significance of the bread component in the PB&J sandwich is the invention of pre-sliced bread in the early 1900s. And during the Great Depression of the 1930s, families discovered peanut butter provided a satisfying, high protein, less expensive meal. “I hate to say farming is just in your blood, but there’s something about it that brings you back.”. In many ways, peanut butter and jelly is the perfect kid’s lunch food. When I was growing up, my dad made our school lunches. Disclaimer, Terms and Conditions, and Privacy Policy. But the major event that took the peanut butter and jelly sandwich over the top in popularity was WWII. Finally, it’s appealing. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. One theory is that the history of peanut butter and jelly sandwich began when US soldiers combined the two so they could eat quickly.

Most accounts date the PB&J to the early 1900s. This made it more popular with kids.

Pecan Pie or Pumpkin Pie: Which One Wins Thanksgiving. The forerunner of the peanut butter we know today was first brought to light sometime during the 1880s when a St. Louis physician, Dr. Ambrose Straub, made a peanut paste for geriatric patients who had trouble swallowing, or had bad teeth. Given all this, it’s safe to say Americans eat a lot of peanut butter and jelly—and to honor the humble but enduring pair, April 2 has been declared National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Peanut butter and jelly were on the U.S. Military ration menus in World War II. Here’s a little more about these farmers volunteering their service for the industry. Around the same time, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (same as the cereal) was the first to patent a process for manufacturing peanut butter. Visit, © 2020 CHOWHOUND, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Sometimes jam is substituted for jelly. If you pack a lunch at 7:00 a.m. and it’s left in a backpack or locker until noon, cold cuts and cheese can get pretty dicey over the span of five hours.