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The Ultimate PB&J: What's your preference?

PB&J, it's a classic. What's your take on this sandwich?

My preference: Laura Scudder's Old Fashioned Unsalted PB on thickly sliced white bread from the local bakery with banana slices and strawbery jam.

Oh man, so good. I could live off this stuff forever =D.

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  1. For a meal: Peanut Butter, Jelly and Wonder Bread.

    For a dessert: Peanut butter, marshmallow, honey, jelly and Wonder Bread

    1. Bouchon bakery has a nice twist -- cashew butter and mango paste. I haven't tried it; but, I'm pretty sure almond butter would be nice as well!

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      1. re: ajgnet

        I have tried their CB&A (cashew butter and apricot jam). Very tasty!

        Comes with a side of banana chips.

      2. Sadly

        Skippy Creamy + Strawberry + White bread for nostalgia


        TJ's Salted Creamy + Apricot Preserves or Boysenberry Preserves + Wheat bread

        For decadence, batter and fry the above as a PBJ Monsieur

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        1. re: Emme

          I was flamed in the 'ordering pbj in restaurant' threads for touting the glory of cashew butter!

          My favorites: cashew butter, dark chocolate muffin, rasberry jam

          Flaxseed bagel, almond butter

          Cinnamon Rasin Bread, Crazy Richard's Chunky PB, strawberry jam

          1. re: veganish

            My new favorite combo is Almond Butter from TJ's w/ Sarabeth's Strawberry or Mixed Berry jam. I don't even need the bread frankly, just the condiments in a dish with a spoon...

        2. Toasted, thickly sliced, brown bread

          Thick layer of Skippy of Jif (not too picky - but definitely North American peanut butter. I'm Norwegian, and the stuff they make over here simply cannot compare), but it must be crunchy

          Thin layer of raspberry jam. I don't see that many other people who prefer raspberry jam (usually it's grape or strawberry)


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          1. re: hangrygirl

            I prefer raspberry. Definitely. I don't like grape jelly at all, and I'm lukewarm on strawberry. Apricot would be my second choice. I'll eat either crunchy or smooth, but for sandwiches, I prefer crunchy. I haven't eaten enough pb&j sandwiches to have a definitive opinion about the bread.

            1. re: hangrygirl

              I'm with you on the raspberry, but homemade only. (And my finickiness is why I haven't responded to this thread yet! I wouldn't want to frighten anyone.)

              My mother, her siblings, and my grandmother kept me well-stocked in homemade jams as a child. Thanks to their diligence I cannot swallow the chemical-laden over-sugared stuff that you find in groceries and specialty stores. Fortunately I haven't had to resort to jam making because there's a nice grandmotherly woman at the farmer's market who fills my pantry.

              So yeah, raspberry jam or no jam. Homemade bread is preferred, but I'll take a thick dense store bought if it can be found.

              And grape? That gives me nightmares!

              1. re: odkaty

                Oh yes, raspberry is my favorite.. homemade only, I make it and if its off season then its blackberry..Skippy Chunky PB on fresh toasted buttermilk bread, and left open-faced, with a ice cold glass of milk.

                Fig and Peach or Fig and Raspberry is also up there.

                Oh and you want to make a rice cake go down easier? Peanut butter and jam on that makes it a nice snack.

                1. re: chef chicklet

                  I thought the only reason to eat rice cakes was to decrease your fat intake. Doesn't adding pb kinda defeat that purpose?

            2. I have 2, both involving either Smucker's Natural Smooth (which still has some satisfying grit to it), or Teddy Peanut Butter if I'm in Boston. The bread is some good honey-wheat that won't tear.

              Sandwich one: Freshly cut grapes straight from the fridge. They're like little fireworks of sweet and juicy, which counter the PB nicely.

              Sandwich two: A good smear of Trappist Raspberry Preserves. Best raspberry flavor ever.

              1. I used to grill it and loved it with oozy peanut butter.

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                1. re: chowser

                  Grilled PB&J's are wonderful. Why don't more folks know about these?

                2. i just discovered something really nice ... chunky peanut butter, apricot jam, dulce de leche, bananas ... real nice.

                  1. Home made whole wheat bread, sliced thick - peanut butter - sliced banansa - drizzled with honey - dotted with raisens.

                    1. Soft squishy hoagie roll + homemade fig jam w balsamic + whole foods machine ground peanut butter

                      1. Creamy PB and Polaner All Fruit Black Cherry on soft Potato Bread.

                        Crunchy PB and Raspberry Preserves on Sunflower Wheat.

                        1. Grilled PB & J with chunky peanut butter, regular butter and honey. Okay, I realize that's not a PB & J, but it's delish. I suppose you could add some strawberry jam.

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                          1. re: Olallieberry

                            Absolutely PB and honey is the best. Especially if you let the sandwich sit for several hours with the honey side down. It soaks into the bread and becomes almost crunchy. yummm....

                          2. Does anybody else like to put butter on the bread before spreading the peanut butter? A nice fatty Euro butter seems best. It not only enhances the overall creaminess, but helps keep the peanut butter from sticking as you chew.

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                            1. re: applehome

                              I do it all the time. I thought I was the only one with this habit. For me , it's a classic combo!

                              1. re: applehome

                                i think pb&j was the ONLY sandwhich my family doesn't put butter on......(until now)

                                As to the original question I hate to admit that for me it has to be white supermarket bread, Jif or Skippy peanut butter (chunk style only), with Welches concord grape jelly.

                                No Substitutions .... LOL

                                1. re: applehome

                                  yeah, I like Butter on my peanutbutter sandwich.... or spicy Sambal!!!no jelly for me sorry.... I know it's not the subject...

                                  1. At Le Pigeon in Portland, OR, a PB&J with the addition of a torchon of foie gras. the nut butter, jam and bread were all fresh made in house and the mouth feel was amazing . Rucker manages to pull it off without it feeling precious.

                                    1. As a kid, I enjoyed a triple-decker made thusly:

                                      One piece of whole-wheat bread, butter, PB. Slice a banana on top. Second slice has a schmear of PB, put on top with PB side down. Then, put on more PB on the top, then top with a third slice of bread covered with strawberry or raspberry jam, or grape jelly.

                                      For some reason, we called this a "Hawaiian".. no idea why.

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                                      1. re: KevinB

                                        OK, I know this will bring on groans & moans, but creamy style peanut butter on white toast, with bacon! Yes, PB is a good savory dish!

                                        1. re: jazzlover

                                          i totally agree about the peanut buter bacon combo. my dad used to make it when i was little, and i would have to swear not to tell mom. with a glass of milk. yum yum.
                                          especially good on toasted english muffin. so the peanut butter gets all melty.
                                          or, if you grill the sandwich in the pan you cooked the bacon in, that is so good too.

                                      2. How about toasted 9 grain bread, crunchy PB, and a sharp ginger spread - all from TJs ?

                                        1. Mackey's Ferry creamy peanut butter slathered on whole wheat nut bread topped with good quality mixed berry, blueberry or raspberry jam.


                                          1. I just discovered the grind-it-yourself honey roasted peanut butter from my local WF. Mmm.
                                            Take homeade banana bread, smear with butter, lighlty pan grill, top with above mentioned peanut butter and a drizzle of honey. OMG.

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                                            1. re: Honey Bee

                                              Yum... I am drooling. I love the honey roasted pb from Whole Foods. I just made a banana bread this weekend subbing creamy peanut butter for half of the butter. Had it last night with a good spread of peanut butter.

                                              My mom used to do the butter, peanut butter, raspberry jam combo...

                                            2. It's going to sound like a Sandra Lee Semi-Ho recipe, but I like my PB&J with two slices of white wonderbread, a couple tablespoons of Smucker's Strawberry Jam and one of the Skippy smooth Peanut Butter. I've tried a few variations (upscale and otherwise) and unfortunately none of them have satisfied me

                                              1. Nutty wheat bread with creamy Jif, seedless red raspberry jam and Nutella. Grilled or not with an ice cold glass of milk.

                                                1. Whole grain bread(bonus points for homemade!)
                                                  Freshly ground smooth peanut butter(salted); alternatively the TJ's organic creamy will suffice
                                                  100% fruit blackberry spread or Hero's Cherry, Blackberry or Strawberry Jam

                                                  Best at breakfast! mmmm!

                                                  Also, great but not PB&J - PB and honey. Spread teh honey on the bread before the peanut butter. Orange Blossom or Blackberry honey preferred.

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                                                  1. re: ziggylu

                                                    on the not jam front, PB, Butter, and Brown Sugar (and sometime graham cracker crumbs)

                                                    1. re: Emme

                                                      Another not jam option. Maple syrup spread on bread so it soaks in and then spread with creamy PB. So good.

                                                  2. Any good Organic Crunchy PB (there are several) and the best quality Strawberry Preserves on toasted 7 grain bread...When I was a child, I liked to put fritoes in the middle of my sandwich...( I know, sounds yuksville, but it was good!)

                                                    1. Oh the glories of PB & J...

                                                      For me the best is toasted white bread with too much smooth Jiff and way too much homemade seeded black raspberry jam.

                                                      Messy yes, delicious YES!

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                                                      1. re: Cookiefiend


                                                        Untoasted white bread with a healthy serving of crunchy Jiff and Smucker's grape jelly.

                                                        1. re: stopurmakingmehungry

                                                          I forgot the requisite side of potato chips!

                                                          1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                            rippled chips are fantastic IN a PB&J sandwich! A guilty pleasure of mine- the salty-sweet of it is deelicious.

                                                            1. re: C70

                                                              You need to try this.....spread Jiff on white supermarket Italian bread, cover with preferred fruit spread(mine is Sarabeth's strawberry rhubarb) and then slam sopme Ranch Doritos in between the 2 slices. Yum, I originally did this with regular doritos. Then enjoy with a tall glass of Chocolate milk. The sweet and salty flavors together are devine.

                                                      2. oh my - last week when i was in the finger lakes region (upstate ny) we introduced my friends' two year old twins to the joy of pb&j made with white bread and black raspberry jam both fresh from the local farm stand plus crunchy jif. it's probably been 3 years since i had pb&j (my last camping trip - it's about the only sandwich i can stomach after it's been warming up and getting squished in a backpack for 4 hours) and it was soooo good.

                                                        1. ooooh man, these all sound so good =D I have yet to try the PB at wholefoods, but I am planning on getting some this weekend if not today. I think i forgot to mention that i am a HUGE PB nut, and any suggestions for amazingly good natural style PB I'd be able to find in the San Diego area (including chain supermarkets) would be VERY much appreciated!

                                                          1. Toasted white bread, smooth peanut butter, bacon and apricot jam.

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                                                            1. re: pacz

                                                              That sounds yummie adding bacon. Now that I'm older, my PB&J preference has matured. I order from Dean & Deluca, Didier Goubet Jams, particularly the Apricot & the Chestnut. My shipment is due in soon, so I'll try adding bacon next time. Thanks for the idea!

                                                            2. Raspberry jelly with smooth creamy peanut butter on white bread! Plain and simple...just how I grew up!

                                                              1. I can’t believe anyone else does the butter thing. When we were kids, my mom used to toast white bread and spread butter and then peanut butter..we called them toasted peanut butter sandwiches. Every now and then I make one..I know it’s a bit decadent, but the butter really adds to the peanut butter and toasted, it just oozes goodness.

                                                                1. Mine has to have some good and thick and salty potato chips!!

                                                                  1. Crud, now I'll have to go make one of these :-)

                                                                    Baguette hunk, sliced lengthwise, lightly toasted. Scrub with garlic. Thin-ish schmear of PB (I use my co-op's), then orange marmalade, preferably a bitter-er marmalade.

                                                                    Oh. So good. The citrus, peanuts and garlic work so well together.

                                                                    Kudos to those posting upthread with recs for including bacon with the PB. One of my personal favorites...but that's another sandwich thread.

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                                                                    1. re: cayjohan

                                                                      Good God!! That sounds delicious. never thought about garlic like you mentioned, that is pure genius. I am going to try and make one today just like you listed with some fresh bread, maybe apricot jam instead (and a thick-ish PB schmear)

                                                                      thanks for that listing.

                                                                      1. re: yankeefan

                                                                        Tell me if you liked it - I take such heat from my family on my garlic and peanut butter jones! It helps to say "see? someone else 'gets' it.!" ;-)

                                                                    2. I am something of a purist and do not like the big commercial brands of peanut butter. I like crunchy all nautral peanutbutter on toast with jam. Black raspberry is good, lingonberry is yummy too

                                                                      1. It's still one of my favorite sandwiches, but it must be Jif "extra crunchy," which debuted 1974 - the same year I began kindergarten. No substitutes please...Jif extra crunchy on Pepperidge Farm original white with my Mother's homemade Strawberry Jam.

                                                                        1. i LOVE peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! my favorite is a good homemade white bread, grilled, with natural peanut butter and good jam, like sarabeth's kitchen. but a grilled pb&j is always awesome no matter what the base. i only eat natural peanut butter though--it's just so peanutty!!!!

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                                                                          1. re: adjuncteater

                                                                            I swear I have a psychic connection with chowhound. I was craving peanut butter because dinner was too skimpy or something. I just made a small pb&j with the heals of an oatmeal bread that I made, Jif crunchy and French strawberry preserves. Logged onto chowhound as I sat to eat the mini sandwich. I am now sated.

                                                                            1. re: Texchef

                                                                              That's awesome Tex - I too prefer the heals & all the better that your desire if Jif extracrunchy!!!

                                                                              1. re: JayVaBeach

                                                                                heals (but we always called them bums) of really crusty fresh fresh fresh italian bread, with a nice smear of PB, slice of tart apple, and a little sprinkle of salt...mmmmmm im in heaven

                                                                          2. I went to Michael Mina not too long ago and had the tasting menu with some friends. One course they served their rendition of PB&J - made of foie gras, house-made jelly from wine grapes and a bread I can't remember. In combo it really tasted like a PB&J, although separately it tasted like the original ingredients.

                                                                            Other then that...TJ's white bread, strawberry jam and TJ's PB.

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                                                                            1. re: ML8000

                                                                              I don't know if I'd be intrigued by their ability to do that with for foie gras or more pissed off that I was paying for foie gras that tasted like a pb&j sandwich. <g>

                                                                              Toasted challah with a nice thick layer of Jif crunchy and blackberry jam is a fav, but more recently I've been addicted to TJ's sunflower seed butter and their apricot jam on whole wheat pita bread that's been toasted until crisp with a cup of coffee in the morning.

                                                                              1. re: adrienne156

                                                                                If the PB&J was the meal or a main course...yeah it would be WTF. It was part of a 9 course meal so it worked as that...and it was tiny. It might have even been an "amuse" or add-on...it was very clever however.

                                                                                BTW, a 2nd or 3rd on the grilled PBJ.

                                                                                1. re: adrienne156

                                                                                  Adr...that's my all-time treat, Eli Zabar's Challah bread for a good old-fashioned PB&J accompanied with Jif "extra crunchy," Didier Goubet's Apricot Jam & crunchy Olive Oil Potato Chips (Whole Foods carries this brand of chips & Diane Sawyer was right - they're wonderful). A chilled diet coke too.

                                                                                2. re: ML8000

                                                                                  ML - that sounds devine; however, unless I'm with my French friends &/or in Provence, I can't seem to find authentic tasteful foie gras. I never imagined the application you mentioned above - I wanna try it now...<grin>.

                                                                                3. The best pb&j sandwiches ever were the ones my aunt used to make for us - Wonder bread, grape jam and creamy peanut butter mixed with honey.

                                                                                  1. My favorite is the CB&A at Bouchon in NYC's Time Warner Center... someone mentioned that they used to have Cashew Butter & Mango Paste. Perhaps it has changed; now they have Cashew Butter & Apricot Jam on Toasted Brioche. Heavenly!

                                                                                    Another good one is the Peanut Butter & Stuff at Specialty's (a west coast chain, I believe) - peanut butter, cranberry sauce, apples, and bananas on bread.

                                                                                    Bouchon Bakery
                                                                                    10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

                                                                                    Specialty's Cafe & Bakery
                                                                                    333 Pine St # 400, San Francisco, CA

                                                                                    1. Aunt Millie's Soft white bread, 4 tbls Jif Smooth P.b., seedless black raspberry jam. As a kid I once made the mistake to eat at a friends house (during summer break) and her mom was from I dont know where, but she made us a PBJ with tomatoes, mayo, lettuce and bananas. I know I heard my mom calling me!!!! We never ate at Cindy's house again!!

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                                                                                      1. re: thecountryrose

                                                                                        No jelly for me. I love Simply Jiff on fresh, white Wonder bread...

                                                                                        1. re: Sean

                                                                                          I have flashbacks of just p.b sandwich. I went to afternoon kindergarten, and always had tomatoe soup (yuck) and p.b sandwich. the sandwich would get stuck in my throat and the soup didnt help. I love just butter & p.b. on a toasted english muffin tho.

                                                                                      2. homemade current jam is my absolute favorite.

                                                                                        beyond that, definitely raspberry or apricot.

                                                                                        snackwise, skip the bread and the jam, and just straight for the peanut butter jar with a spoon! ;)

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                                                                                        1. re: mrsjenpeters

                                                                                          there are days when i have to wash all the teaspoons at nite cause it has to be a clean spoon every time. If I have to have 2 scoops, a clean spoon.

                                                                                          1. re: thecountryrose

                                                                                            of course. i use a big fat spoon and take a scoop and eat that... didn't mean to imply i was double dipping... yuck!

                                                                                        2. Jif Extra Chunky, Welch's strawberry spread, Sunbeam bread. Glass of whole milk on the side.

                                                                                          1. Most definitely a valid question.
                                                                                            My favorite nut-butter/jam sandwich
                                                                                            would be boysenberry jam with cashew butter
                                                                                            on sourdough.

                                                                                            1. Here's my husband's ultimate PB&J:

                                                                                              Toasted Maier's Italian bread
                                                                                              Jif Chunky PB
                                                                                              Smucker's Strawberry preserves
                                                                                              Philadelphia cream cheese