Facts About Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
The largest recorded peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the world was lovingly crafted in Peanut, Pennsylvania in 1993. It was 40 ft long and contained 150lbs of peanut butter and 50lbs of jelly. History doesn’t record who ate it.
Dothan, Alabama is the "Peanut Capital of the World", apparently. But Georgia and Texas are the largest peanut producers in the USA though. It’s a tough old world, Alabama.
Peanuts are Georgia's official state crop (but they aren’t the “Peanut Capital of the World"...), and more than 50 percent of the peanuts they produce are used in peanut butter.
The video “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” had more than 18 million views at the time of writing this. 18,012,110 to be precise, no wait make that 18,012,111.
18,012,12, no, no wait... oh never mind.
The “World's Largest Peanut Monument” is in Ashburn, Georgia. It’s a 20 foot Peanut on a brick plinth and massive golden crown.
Dothan outclasses Georgia here with a “Gold Peanut”, and an “Elvis Peanut”, and in fact a whole town wide peanut trail that was part of a community art project.
It is estimated that the average American school child will have munched through 1500 Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches before graduation. If a sandwich is around 2 cm high, that’s a stack of 3000 cm or 30 meters high. But adults consume more peanut butter than kids do, so how high must their sandwich towers be?
A Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, consisting of two slices of white bread, two tablespoons of grape jelly, and two tablespoons of peanut butter contains 432 calories.
An 18 ounce jar of peanut butter will contain about 850 peanuts.
A huge 50 percent of all the peanuts grown around the world are used to make peanut butter.
Annual USA retail sales for jams, fruit spreads, preserves and jellies totals around $632 million, and around 1 billion pounds of fruit spread are produced each year in the USA.
The average amount of peanuts, and peanut related products, consumed by an American in a year is 7 lbs.
2861 pounds of peanuts are harvested from one acre of land. That means that an acre will provide enough peanuts for almost 409 American people’s yearly intake and enough for 30000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Peanut butter was one of the technological advances introduced at the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, along with Dr Pepper. Selling peanut butter as as a new idea is a bit misleading though, as the Aztecs had a peanut butter recipe sometime before.
Reference and Further Reading for more PB+J Sandwich Facts
Fortune Magazine Volume, Number 3
1904stl.com - A Website dedicated to the 1904 World Fair