This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’m sure that every mom has her own method for crafting a PB&J, and usually it’s dictated by our kids’ preferences! My boys definitely have their own opinions about what constitutes the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich, so today I’m taking you behind-the-scenes to show you exactly how we make our version of the classic.
The PB&J is my default lunch at least 2 or 3 times per week. Whether I pack them in a lunch box, in a cooler for a road trip, in a picnic basket, or in a pool bag, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are truly our Most Frequently Consumed Meal! I can prepare a batch of sandwiches in advance, they don’t require refrigeration, and the ingredients are pantry staples that I always have on hand. Sure, my boys love them…but so do I!
The PB&J has always been my favorite sandwich, so maybe this is a genetic trait that my kids were lucky enough to inherit? The PB&J gene?!
I always use Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter and Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam, which I can easily pick up at Walmart. Paired with the kids’ favorite whole wheat bread, it’s a nourishing option that tastes delicious and gives us energy to power through whatever the day throws our way!
Did you know that Jif® Peanut Butter has 7 grams of protein per serving? It’s such a great alternative to lunch meats or other protein sources, and the healthy fats from the nuts keep us satisfied for hours.
To prepare The Perfect Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, I like to start with a nice, thick layer of peanut butter on BOTH sides of the bread. This prevents the bread from getting soggy so that the sandwich stays fresh, even when I make it the night before.
Next, I add the Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam on just one slice of bread. It’s literally “sandwiched” between the two layers of peanut butter.
Casey prefers a THICK layer of jam on his sandwich (the more, the better), while Gibbs and Spencer like just a hint of sweetness. Each sandwich is completely customizable around here!
When the sandwich is put together, it’s time for the great crust debate! Do your kids love the crust? Want it off?
We’re a divided household on that front: Gibbs and Casey are BIG fans of the crust, while Spencer wants every little bit cut off!
I have two different easy tricks for getting Spencer’s crust off quickly — a cookie cutter in a fun shape (such as the car shown in the photos here), or a pizza wheel!
Served with a glass of milk and some fruit, lunch is ready!
We’ve been taking advantage of the warm weather this summer and have been enjoying our lunches at our backyard picnic table. The boys love any opportunity to get outside, and I appreciate that there are fewer crumbs to wipe up at the end of the meal!
As we transition back to school in the next couple of weeks, we might have to pack our sandwiches in lunch boxes and backpacks instead of pool bags or coolers, but our favorite food will remain the same.
No matter the season, no matter the occasion, The Perfect Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich will “Power Their Day,” will join us on our adventures, and will be the one constant in our ever-changing schedule. It’s a simple and delicious option that makes us all smile!
Do you share our #PBLove? Let me know how YOU craft The Perfect Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich!