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National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!

It’s National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!  Yes, that’s right, today is a day to celebrate that sandwich that is near and dear to many of our hearts.

A survey conducted by the National Peanut Board, and no I’m not making this up, reported that the average child eats 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating high school.

Yum

Yum

I don’t know about you, but I definitely partook in the tradition of taking a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to school everyday, in my oh so fancy brown paper bag.  A lunchbox was so not popular at my school.  I secretly did yearn for my own trendy…or actually not so trendy…lunchbox, but that’s beside the point.  I digress.  Eating peanut butter and jelly at school is tradition.  It’s the American way.  It’s required, and if you don’t like PB and J…well then you’re just going to have to get over it and learn to LOVE it…or you could be made fun of.  Your choice.

Peanut butter and jelly isn’t just a sandwich, oh no. These three basic ingredients make more than a school lunch treat.  Oh, dear readers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches represent much more than that!

Peanut Butter and Jelly is playing with your friends on the playground.
Peanut Butter and Jelly is thinking cooties really do exist.
Peanut Butter and Jelly is dreaming the impossible.
Peanut Butter and Jelly is a sign of the simpler times in life.
Peanut Butter and Jelly is nostalgia.

Oh childhood

Oh childhood

I have this theory that adults who still eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are not just eating them for their delicious-ness, but rather are yearning to feel the same way they did when they would eat them as a child.  Youth is a huge trend in our society today, and the most cost-effective way to reminisce about the “good-ole days of bein a kid” is to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

However, there is good news for you adults out there!  There are some restaurants that provide some pretty fancy PB and Js.  In fact, there is a restaurant in New York City that provides different varieties of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  If you’re in the area, I urge you to check it out! http://www.ilovepeanutbutter.com/sandwichshopmenu.html

I will end this blog post with the infamous, yet annoying, song “It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time.”  Celebrate this glorious holiday by kicking back and enjoying a nice PB and J.  Maybe throw in an old movie that you loved watching as a kid.  Today is the perfect day to act unabashedly youthful.  You have my permission!