It’s today! That’s right, every April 2nd is National Peanut Butter & Jelly day.

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Ever wondered how old peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are? or who first dreamed them up? eHow says:

Legend has it that American soldiers in World War II mixed their ratios of peanut butter and jelly to make a new treat. When they returned sales of peanut butter and jelly soared. Everyone was soon making PBJ sandwiches.

A piece from the Orlando Sentinel seems to confirm this:

The first mention of the sandwich came during World War II, when peanut butter and jelly sandwiches became part of the US military rations.  While soldiers enjoyed them abroad, word got out here at home about the concoction and with limited supplies of meats and milks Americans adopted the sandwich as a low-cost meal.

However, Kitchen Project reports:

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

I was planning on a tuna sandwich for lunch, but I think I’m going to alter my lunch plan for today now that I know that it’s PB&J day.

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