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Andy Skinner Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 1:34 p.m. PST

My wife says that "peanut butter and jelly" implies "grape jelly" to most folks.

Not to me, I say!

What say you?


Gear Pilot24 Jun 2020 1:38 p.m. PST

No, not to me.

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 1:44 p.m. PST

well strawberry jam is not jelly nor is orange marmalade

name the 2nd most common jelly

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 1:44 p.m. PST

It's statistically likely, but does not, strictly speaking, imply it.

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 1:48 p.m. PST

Your wife is always right. Once you accept this fact, then your marriage will be much happier. That said, there are a number of jellies that I like better than grape. But that is not important. What is important is domestic tranquility; so give it up.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 1:52 p.m. PST

I don't really like grape jelly.

I had PB&J with crunch PB and lingonberry jam this afternoon. I also had it on a flour tortilla because I didn't feel like slicing bread …

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 2:09 p.m. PST

No, and I love grape jelly.

Kevin is correct, though.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 2:49 p.m. PST

Kevin C for the win, definitely.

I don't believe that I've ever had a pbj without grape jelly.

I've had it with mashed avocado, which was pretty good.

I've had it with crumbled up bacon and bits of dried-out cheddar cheese, and I was hungry enough for that to taste good.

I've had it grilled -- make sure you butter the outsides of the bread -- and I liked that on a cold, wet, New England afternoon.

I've had it with the peanut butter heated in a frying pan with marijuana before being spread, and while that was not very tasty at first, it got better and better, as did everything else we ate with and after it. Tip: heating pot up before eating it can get you really really high.

Because I've lived in California for so long, I have of course had the almond butter (grape) jelly sandwich, which is OK, and the almond butter orange marmalade, which is much better, but definitely leave out the bean sprouts next time.

White bread is traditional (just like Mom used to make, really), but grocery store pugliese makes a good pbj, especially grilled.

Quick summary of my experiences with other breads:

French loaf: OK.
Sweet batard: OK.
Baguette: OK but more like pbj slider than sandwich
Rye: No -- doesn't go with the peanut butter
Pumpernickel: Oh hell no.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 2:50 p.m. PST

It implies it even though in my case, I have not had grape jelly with my peanut butter in years.But the first thing that popped into my head when I read this was Grape Jelly.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 3:10 p.m. PST

Strawberry with typically smooth PB with sugar. I will use organic sugar free crunchy.

14Bore24 Jun 2020 3:14 p.m. PST


Legion 424 Jun 2020 3:24 p.m. PST

Peanut butter and any kind of jelly works for me ! Even no jelly ! evil grin

Bobsyouruncle Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 3:33 p.m. PST

Kevin C. is correct. One must learn to pick one's battles.

rmaker24 Jun 2020 3:37 p.m. PST

No. Apple jelly. Or apple butter.

And I agree with Kevin C's main point as well.

myxemail24 Jun 2020 3:42 p.m. PST

We think of strawberry. Most of our customers choose strawberry jelly

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Jun 2020 3:49 p.m. PST


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 3:50 p.m. PST

Yes, I think it implies grape jelly. Although I have horrified people by eating peanut butter with Philadelphia Cream Cheese, really very good.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 3:53 p.m. PST

You can horrify people just by mentioning a combination like that.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 3:55 p.m. PST


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 4:10 p.m. PST

Oberlindes, and I sat in front of my sons in law and ate every bit of the sandwich.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 4:23 p.m. PST

Cashew butter with jalapeņo jelly. Food fit for a prince of hell. Peanut butter and grape jelly is for the plebes.


Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 4:27 p.m. PST

Grape jelly is usually not a first choice for me…or second. Strawberry, blackberry, appple, loganberry, raspberry all come well above grape. And creamy peanut butter.

RudyNelson24 Jun 2020 5:26 p.m. PST

In our area, even back in the 1960s, the main jelly seed by schools for those sandwiches was apple jelly. It always gave the jelly a glow.
My mother used both apple and grape. You could tell a difference.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 5:28 p.m. PST

Cashew butter with jalapeņo jelly.

Now that sounds good!

von Schwartz24 Jun 2020 6:45 p.m. PST

lingonberry jam this afternoon.

Mmmmm, lingonberry!!

Gotta agree though, any kind of jelly will work, knock yerself out!!!

Stryderg24 Jun 2020 7:05 p.m. PST

On some of our camp outs, you put jelly on a tortilla, roll it up and wrap in aluminum foil. Drop it on the hot coals until warm. Unwrap and enjoy.

Grape is not mandatory, and I prefer apple.

Now, grape jelly on grits is pretty good, but it looks disgusting.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 8:23 p.m. PST

There are other jelly flavors than grape?
Grape jam preferred though.
It spreads easier.

Augustus24 Jun 2020 8:43 p.m. PST

I have been bothered by this for years. I hate jelly. I always use jam or preserves.

Perris070724 Jun 2020 8:45 p.m. PST

It was marketed in my area for a while with the peanut butter and jelly mixed together in the same container. The jelly was indeed grape. Smucker's Goober Grape. Your wife scores a point.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 8:46 p.m. PST

PB's natural friend is a saltine. NO pbj in our
house – unless g'sons are here, in which case I find
somewhere else to be until the PBJ is consumed.

Not sure what kind of 'jelly' the little savages use.

Petroleum jelly, maybe ?

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 10:38 p.m. PST

Of course grape jelly IS an excellent choice, if you want jelly on your peanut butter.

I generally go with just the plain peanut butter though, since I like the taste all on its own.

Andy Skinner Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2020 5:41 a.m. PST

Y'all are great! (As we say here in Massachusetts…)

I like the hot pepper jelly myself. Honey is good, but is not the same experience as PB&J.

My sister made some calamondin jelly that was a bit like marmalade. MMMmmmmm.

And yeah, PB on crackers. Sunday evening meals growing up were, as I remember, sometimes crackers with peanut butter, jelly, cheese, meat, etc. Not all on the same cracker at once, of course. Maybe it was snack after church. But soda, if any, was whatever was on sale. (Usually something like Nehi Cherry.)

Anyway, I objected to "PB&J means grape jelly". What does she know? She grew up on the other side of the world, probably never ate a sandwich as a kid before she came to the US! Things are good enough with us that a difference about food isn't a problem. But I try not to mention the pile of stuff she put in the garage that keeps getting in the way …


Dagwood25 Jun 2020 10:49 a.m. PST

I am from the UK. What's grape jelly ? They don't sell it over here.

Moonbeast25 Jun 2020 10:57 a.m. PST

PB and Prickly Pear jelly. Fantastic.

genew4925 Jun 2020 11:38 a.m. PST

In the mid 50's my mother added diced carrots to penury butter to give it some crunch. Ahead of her time. I think to most people PD&J means grape jelly. I like it that way but prefer strawberry preserves.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2020 11:44 a.m. PST

nnascati wrote:

Oberlindes, and I sat in front of my sons in law and ate every bit of the sandwich.

I can only imagine what RPGs are like with you as the GM!

Huscarle Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2020 11:45 a.m. PST

All I can say from this thread, is that Americans have really strange taste buds. Incidentally, I don't like PB, let alone all of the possible mixtures mentioned. Now then if you were to talk about whisky marmalade… grin

Stoppage25 Jun 2020 12:20 p.m. PST

Jelly is for children's parties – usually with ice cream.

Preferably served 30-45 minutes before the end so the little ones get their sugar-fuelled adrenaline boosts just as their parents arrive.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jun 2020 1:24 p.m. PST

It was marketed in my area for a while with the peanut butter and jelly mixed together in the same container. The jelly was indeed grape. Smucker's Goober Grape. Your wife scores a point.

Yes, but not only grape …


I am from the UK. What's grape jelly ? They don't sell it over here.

Here's a recipe:


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jun 2020 1:29 p.m. PST

… and since no one has brought it up yey

Gitchy, gitchy, ya ya da da …

It just felt kinda incomplete without a mention.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2020 2:38 p.m. PST

Yes, with a slice of cheddar cheese and some raisins added also! Having some tonite for dinner. My 3 yr. old daughter used to make this yummy PB & J sandwich for me. That's 50 yrs ago.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2020 4:16 p.m. PST

There is a reason that, when you go to a diner, the grape jelly packets are always the only ones left in the holder, besides the one forlorn orange marmalade. The strawberry packets seem to go the fastest.

ChrisBrantley26 Jun 2020 6:34 a.m. PST

Another vote for strawberry preserves. Also like an occasional PB&H ( honey)

Legion 426 Jun 2020 9:40 a.m. PST

My sister's one friend puts grape jelly on cream cheese on Ritz Crackers. Pretty darn good !

genew4926 Jun 2020 12:54 p.m. PST

As kids we ate cream cheese and jelly. I think on English muffin.

Robert le Diable26 Jun 2020 12:56 p.m. PST

My knowledge of the combination mentioned in the original question depends entirely on Snoopy and the Round-Headed Kid.
Most of the other combinations haven't, so far as I know, been recorded in any prestigious works of American Letters.
Bon Appetit.

manyslayer26 Jun 2020 8:33 p.m. PST

Never. Always strawberry jelly. But then again I find graoe jelly disgusting so a sandwich with it on it isn't even food to me.

von Schwartz28 Jun 2020 7:06 p.m. PST

How about peanut butter and jelly, on a SPAM sandwich?!?!?!

Huh?! Did I nail it or what?!?

von Schwartz28 Jun 2020 7:13 p.m. PST

All I can say from this thread, is that Americans have really strange taste buds.

This from a guy who lives inna country where grass clippings and cream cheese on white bread with the crusts cut off is considered haute cuisine, JK (smile)

Try a PB & J with Spam!

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2020 7:12 a.m. PST

If find orange marmalade packets in a diner, they
find their way into my possession…love orange
marmalade !

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