Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have long been a staple of the American diet. They’re quick and simple to make, and there’s a lot of variety to the ways in which one can consume them. But there’s also another peanut butter sandwich that’s very popular, especially south of the Mason-Dixon line: peanut butter and mayonnaise.
Yep, that’s right. Peanut butter and mayonnaise.
The sandwich has been around for a while. The most notable story about it is from 1931, where a man found his car robbed, with nothing touched except two of the groceries in his trunk— peanut butter and mayonnaise. The two ingredients spread on bread became a popular meal during the Great Depression for many families. It seems like the sandwich is a well-kept secret to many people today.
A search on Yahoo! Answers for “peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich” yields this result, with many users claiming they heard about the staple from previous generations.
“My dad taught me about them when I was a kid. Everyone else that I tell about PB & mayo sandwiches grosses out…they don’t know what they’re missing,” user thefunofitall wrote.
Another user says they have been eating the concoction for 40 years now.
Some have said the sandwich originated as a way to make peanut butter spread out more on bread by mixing it with the mayonnaise. Recipes from the late ’40s advised people to moisten their peanut butter with the mayonnaise before mixing it with bacon to make a sandwich out of it. Come to think of it, that actually sounds pretty good.
Other recipes included adding pickles and deviled ham to the peanut butter and mayonnaise, which are tow other combinations that seem to have died out.
So if you want to try something new that previous generations have sworn by for decades, spread some mayo on your peanut butter sandwich sometime, and see how you like it.