I mean, this is so random when you think about what New England is known for.  And I’m talking food at the moment, like our world-famous and delicious lobster in any form, including the best lobster rolls on earth.  So when it comes to sandwiches, I feel like this one is the last one I’d picture being invented in New England (or Boston, to be exact).

Yes, we own the creation of one of the most widespread, popular, inexpensive, easy-to-make sandwiches that everyone loves.  Cheers to the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  We totally own this, and I think that’s scrumptiously awesome.

A Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich on a Wooden Cutting Board
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So how did the one of the most simple, humble sandwiches come about, you ask?  According to Mental Floss, writer Julia Davis Chandler published the very first PB&J recipe in 1901 in the Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics.

For variety, someday try making little sandwiches, or bread fingers, of three very thin layers of bread and two of filling, one of peanut paste, whatever brand you prefer, and currant or crab-apple jelly for the other. The combination is delicious, and, so far as I know, original.

Now get this. According to Bon Appetit, peanut butter itself was only served at fancy parties and high teas with pimentos and watercress in adorable mini sandwiches. It was eventually created not to separate, and then sliced bread was finally invented, creating this lifelong favorite.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
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Basically, like many good partnerships, it progressed to what it is today in steps, since Mashed states that not all components were invented at the same time. However, it all started with that article, and the rest is sandwich history.

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