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KLmaker
388 posts Member
Strange question I know, but I was wondering, “Where did it come from and why”.


I assume when they say jelly, they don't mean the gelatine blocks you break up, dissolve in boiled water and leave to solidify.
I assume they mean either jam that has no bits to go on your toast, or condiments that have no bits to go on your dinner, like redcurrant to go on chicken for example.


Or when they say jelly, do they mean with bits in regardless of what it is, jam or condiment.

Just curious.

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  • 168sean168
    3227 posts Member
    Peanut butter was forbidden in my family when I was young as it was considered heaty and could trigger a fever. I only ate it as an adult. We usually eat jam and Kaya and butter sprinkled with sugar
  • KLmaker
    388 posts Member
    We have had peanut butter in the UK for years but I didn't discover it until secondary school, perhaps it was a premium item so we couldn't afford it at home, please, no violins.

    I imagine it was one that has additives in it and types like that are still around, including palm oil. But I prefer the 100% nuts one, there is a supermarket’s own one I have, but there is also a individual company one I have that keeps the skins on so it has a black speckled appearance.

    I noticed no matter what I did, the peanut butter would stick to my mouth and for some reason I thought I'd try no bits jam, honey works as well.
    I like hazelnut spreads such as Nutella, but I'm in two minds trying it with peanut butter.

    Marmite, I'm not going there, it's disgusting.
  • 168sean168
    3227 posts Member
    I hate marmite on bread. But that is what I am fed if I am sick. I like marmite with white rice porridge though. These days I will stir in marmite to my oats
  • KLmaker wrote: »
    We have had peanut butter in the UK for years but I didn't discover it until secondary school, perhaps it was a premium item so we couldn't afford it at home, please, no violins.

    I imagine it was one that has additives in it and types like that are still around, including palm oil. But I prefer the 100% nuts one, there is a supermarket’s own one I have, but there is also a individual company one I have that keeps the skins on so it has a black speckled appearance.

    I noticed no matter what I did, the peanut butter would stick to my mouth and for some reason I thought I'd try no bits jam, honey works as well.
    I like hazelnut spreads such as Nutella, but I'm in two minds trying it with peanut butter.

    Marmite, I'm not going there, it's disgusting.

    There was a spread you could get that was peanut butter, chocolate spread and caramel all in the same jar.

    Not eaten that in a while.
  • Speakinh as a American (not for Americans, just me) I love peanut butter. Ive been know to eat it right from the jar. When I met my first wife, she hated it. Then, when we had kids and both of my boys started doing it, she really went off the deep end about it. Go figure, we used spoons,not our fingers (most of the time anyways) For the recird my current wife also hates our PB habits, but not as neurotic about it as the first one.

    Anyways, I live PB sandwiches, hild the jelly for me though.

    When we refer to peanut butter and jelly, jelly is a product closer to jam then anything else. I think what you are describing, @KLmaker we refer to as jello.

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  • KLmaker
    388 posts Member
    @168sean168 How you eat Marmite, that sounds horrible, but someone has to eat it I suppose.

    @iain51269522 There was a spread you could get that was peanut butter, chocolate spread and caramel all in the same jar.
    Someone went down the rabbit hole with that one.

    @daved7637397 When we refer to peanut butter and jelly, jelly is a product closer to jam then anything else. I think what you are describing, @KLmaker we refer to as jello.

    I thought that must be the case.
    Seen people eating jello on tv, obviously not a spread.
    But we also have stuff like mint jelly, redcurrant jelly, bramble jelly (basically blackberry jelly), that goes on meat dinners or in a meat sandwich.

    That Earl of Sandwich was an amazing fellow who was ahead of his time.
  • Origins are from World War II. US soldier's rations included them both and they put them together for a sandwich. When the war was over they started making them at home.
  • efin98
    5856 posts Member
    Four reasons why
    1. economical
    2. quick and easy to make
    3. nutritious
    4. tastes great, especially with your favorite jelly/jam/preserve

    Jelly is actually derived from the same word as gelatine, made in the same manner, but with different felling agents(pectin vs. collagen). Their major difference is how they are used: one is a part of a dish(as in part of the sandwich's makeup), the other is a whole dish in and of itself(a desert or main course)

    As a FYI to anyone who cares jelly/preserves/jam are also the same thing, the only real difference is the parts of the fruit used: jelly is just the juice, jam is flesh and juice, preserves are the whole fruit.
  • 4junk3000
    5232 posts Member
    Idk the history of pb&j, or how those two spreads came to be so popular together. That's a great question i think I'll research it next time I'm bored in the bathroom. Lol!

    I do know that pb gained popularity as a good source of protein that was very affordable, way back in the day. The history of peanuts and peanut butter is important in southern farming.

    I also know that jelly is just a more gelatinous version of jam. Maybe to claim it "spreads easier", maybe just to add fillers and make it cheaper. That idk.

    But i definitely know, that pb&j is popular here because it's CHEAP. I was dirt poor when growing up. I remember one year, my family was awarded the school's charity turkey dinner with all the canned food collected from donations. It was pretty embarrassing opening the door to see my teachers standing there with a box of food. Poverty and humility don't mix well.

    Well i took pb&j to school for lunch, pretty much every day, every year, until high school. I absolutely hated it, because the jelly would soak into the bread by lunch time. No one ever wanted to trade for soggy pb&j. But that's all i had. My entire childhood menu was basically cornflakes cereal and milk for breakfast, pb&j for lunch, and spaghetti for dinner.
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  • KLmaker
    388 posts Member
    4junk3000 wrote: »
    Idk the history of pb&j, or how those two spreads came to be so popular together. That's a great question i think I'll research it next time I'm bored in the bathroom. Lol!

    I do know that pb gained popularity as a good source of protein that was very affordable, way back in the day. The history of peanuts and peanut butter is important in southern farming.

    I also know that jelly is just a more gelatinous version of jam. Maybe to claim it "spreads easier", maybe just to add fillers and make it cheaper. That idk.

    But i definitely know, that pb&j is popular here because it's CHEAP. I was dirt poor when growing up. I remember one year, my family was awarded the school's charity turkey dinner with all the canned food collected from donations. It was pretty embarrassing opening the door to see my teachers standing there with a box of food. Poverty and humility don't mix well.

    Well i took pb&j to school for lunch, pretty much every day, every year, until high school. I absolutely hated it, because the jelly would soak into the bread by lunch time. No one ever wanted to trade for soggy pb&j. But that's all i had. My entire childhood menu was basically cornflakes cereal and milk for breakfast, pb&j for lunch, and spaghetti for dinner.

    For me, I like the jelly soaking into the bread.
  • You know, there is a neat product that is probably a staple in American cupboards, but of course, not here in Canada. It's made by a company called Smuckers. It's essentially peanut butter N jam in the same jar! To look at it from the outside, it looks like vertical strips; Peanut Butter stripe, Jam Stripe all the way around. I was lucky enough to get a couple a jars one time. I think the first jar I just consumed with a spoon. I think you can get it in different flavours too....Upon further reflection, I think it was jelly and not jam, but Boy Howdy, it was Goooooood!!! :)
  • KLmaker
    388 posts Member
    You know, there is a neat product that is probably a staple in American cupboards, but of course, not here in Canada. It's made by a company called Smuckers. It's essentially peanut butter N jam in the same jar! To look at it from the outside, it looks like vertical strips; Peanut Butter stripe, Jam Stripe all the way around. I was lucky enough to get a couple a jars one time. I think the first jar I just consumed with a spoon. I think you can get it in different flavours too....Upon further reflection, I think it was jelly and not jam, but Boy Howdy, it was Goooooood!!! :)

    Ah, but when you stir it up all the stripes disappear?
  • 4junk3000
    5232 posts Member
    edited June 5
    KLmaker wrote: »

    For me, I like the jelly soaking into the bread.

    Aww we could have traded a lot of lunches!
    You know, there is a neat product that is probably a staple in American cupboards, but of course, not here in Canada. It's made by a company called Smuckers. It's essentially peanut butter N jam in the same jar! To look at it from the outside, it looks like vertical strips; Peanut Butter stripe, Jam Stripe all the way around. I was lucky enough to get a couple a jars one time. I think the first jar I just consumed with a spoon. I think you can get it in different flavours too....Upon further reflection, I think it was jelly and not jam, but Boy Howdy, it was Goooooood!!! :)

    You're talking about Goober! I never had it, that was the fancy stuff. But it came in a lot of flavors...
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    I bet you could order it from Amazon
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  • 4junk3000 wrote: »
    KLmaker wrote: »

    For me, I like the jelly soaking into the bread.

    Aww we could have traded a lot of lunches!
    You know, there is a neat product that is probably a staple in American cupboards, but of course, not here in Canada. It's made by a company called Smuckers. It's essentially peanut butter N jam in the same jar! To look at it from the outside, it looks like vertical strips; Peanut Butter stripe, Jam Stripe all the way around. I was lucky enough to get a couple a jars one time. I think the first jar I just consumed with a spoon. I think you can get it in different flavours too....Upon further reflection, I think it was jelly and not jam, but Boy Howdy, it was Goooooood!!! :)

    You're talking about Goober! I never had it, that was the fancy stuff. But it came in a lot of flavors...
    9wkh94940oj1.png
    I bet you could order it from Amazon

    I refuse to buy that stuff. When it comes to my PB & Jn I'm a purist!
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  • KLmaker
    388 posts Member
    4junk3000 wrote: »
    KLmaker wrote: »

    For me, I like the jelly soaking into the bread.

    Aww we could have traded a lot of lunches!
    You know, there is a neat product that is probably a staple in American cupboards, but of course, not here in Canada. It's made by a company called Smuckers. It's essentially peanut butter N jam in the same jar! To look at it from the outside, it looks like vertical strips; Peanut Butter stripe, Jam Stripe all the way around. I was lucky enough to get a couple a jars one time. I think the first jar I just consumed with a spoon. I think you can get it in different flavours too....Upon further reflection, I think it was jelly and not jam, but Boy Howdy, it was Goooooood!!! :)

    You're talking about Goober! I never had it, that was the fancy stuff. But it came in a lot of flavors...
    9wkh94940oj1.png
    I bet you could order it from Amazon

    Well the soaked bread makes it easier to eat, it's like putting ketchup or cucumber on a cheese sandwich, the butter / margarine is not enough and the bread is to dry.

    As for that product, I thought @chaosociety was joking, like stripy paint.
  • HOLY SIT!! That's the stuff! Ya know...I never thought of Amazon! Great Idea!! :) Just lookin' at the stuff is fun! LOL!
  • johncolombo
    11056 posts Senior Moderator
    I’m American and was never a peanut butter and jelly fan. I liked fruit spread on toast and an occasional peanut butter sandwich but not Together.
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  • KLmaker
    388 posts Member
    Had a crunchy peanut butter, (picked up crunchy instead of smooth at the shop by mistake), and jam sandwich at work today.

    Well it was either that or ham, but there were bits of fat on the ham and it would have taken too long to cut them off, so it happened.
  • I’m American and was never a peanut butter and jelly fan. I liked fruit spread on toast and an occasional peanut butter sandwich but not Together.

    Must be a PA thing, not mixing. I'll eat it, but would rather just have PB
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  • efin98
    5856 posts Member
    Reading this has me wanting a PBFNBJ....that peanut, butter, fluff, nutella, bananas, and jelly.
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