In honor of National Peanut Butter and Jelly day, a new survey reveals Americans will devour a whopping 2,984 PB&J sandwiches in their lifetime — that stacks up to be taller than the iconic Statue of Liberty.
According to a survey of 1,000 people from across the country by Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter, four years and two months is the average age when children first experience the wonderment of PB&J. And the passion doesn’t stop. The average adult consumes three PB&J sandwiches every month. Nearly half of Americans regularly eat PB&J sandwiches, according to the survey.
Fifty-three percent say exactly half peanut butter and half jelly is the perfect ratio for a sandwich. Fifty-nine percent prefer the creamy over crunchy texture of peanut butter. Grape flavored jelly makes for America’s favorite mix of PB&J.
“It’s interesting to see the love affair with PB&J continues,” says Brian Evangelista, Brand Manager, Peter Pan Peanut Butter.
“The ultimate debate in the peanut butter world is creamy versus crunchy, and we’re now able to unite creamy and crunchy fans nationwide with Peter Pan Simply Ground.”
The love affair with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches typically begins around age 4.
And then there are those who skip the jelly all together. Sixty-one percent have eaten right out of the jar, and they typically do so in three spoonfuls during each sitting.
Thirty-six percent typically eat bananas with peanut butter. Others enjoy eating peanut butter with cookies, waffles, pancakes and ice-cream. One in seven add honey, and about one in twenty enjoy raisins, marshmallows, butter, and bacon in their PB&J. Ten percent of Americans are very adventurous when it comes to their PB&J sandwiches and combinations can include anything from sunny side up eggs, to having it with bologna, American cheese, and olives.
“It’s quite clear that people are passionate about their PB&J sandwiches, whether they like to stay traditional or add unique spins,” says Evangelista.
“As the PB&J evolves with more and more complex ingredient combinations, it’s apparent that this sandwich stands the test of time as a classic American favorite.”
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