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Feb 22, 2013 12:34 PM

PB&J - Jelly in US, Jam in Canada

Anyone know why the difference in the two countries. When i have had them in the US, most times it is with Jam, not Jelly, but they call it Jelly.

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  1. For me it is crunchy peanut butter and strawberry jam. In a pinch, creamy peanut butter, but only strawberry jam will do.

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    1. re: golfer1

      Agreed! Anything but strawberry just doesn't seem right...

    2. Peanut butter and jelly just sounds better than peanut butter and jam, I think. I (American) use raspberry jam. I'm not crazy about jellies.

      1. I believe, in times past long long ago, grape jelly was the goto for the classic, thus.. PB&J.

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        1. re: treb

          Grape jelly is definitely the "starter" mix for a lot of PB&J lovers---the straightforward sweetness and smooth texture (no chunks, no seeds, no rind) of grape jelly is soothing to many kids who aren't adventurous eaters (or grown ups who like the classic blend).

        2. While the J does stand for 'jelly', my understanding is that you many use any sort of sweet spread that you want - jelly, jam, preserves, marmalade, fruit butter, Biscoff spread, Nutella, chutney. But since it is most popular with kids, the most common, cheapest spread is the default choice - grape jelly.

          1. Even as a kid I preferred grape jam to jelly. Now my favorite is Smucker's natural PB and all fruit style jam/preserves.