11 Surprising Peanut Butter and Jelly Facts and Stats to Know

Kids are back in school…or heading there soon. Thankfully, this is always an exciting time in our household. They have not always felt this way, but at this point all three of our kids love school.

11 Surprising Peanut Butter and Jelly Facts

With school, comes packing lunches. Each year I struggle with providing enough variety in my kid’s lunches. However, PB&J always seems to win out as a lunchtime staple.

This is the first year, all three of our kids are packing their own lunches. PB&J sandwiches are super easy for the kids to make and can be made in a very short amount of time.

11 Surprising Peanut Butter and Jelly Facts

Here are some fun peanut butter and jelly facts:

  1. The Average American Eats 1,500 PB&Js Before Graduating High School.
  2. 30% of Parents Make a PB&J for Themselves When They Make One for Their Kids.
  3. 68% of Americans Prefer Creamy Peanut Butter to Crunchy.
  4. The PB&J became an American staple post-WWII.
  5. Most people make a PB&J in about 3 minutes. Perfect for kids making lunches!
  6. Strawberry and Grape are Americans’ favorite flavor jelly.
  7. The largest PB&J in the world weighed 1,342 pounds.
  8. 30% of Americans think PB&J is the best comfort food.
  9. April 2nd is National PB&J Day!
  10. 96% of people put peanut butter on before jelly.
  11. The first mention of PB&J was in 1901.
11 Surprising Peanut Butter and Jelly Facts

There are so many ways to enjoy Peanut Butter and Jelly, it’s not just for sandwiches anymore! For more exciting PB&J ideas, visit Love PB&J. You can also visit Jif and follow them on Facebook, Smucker’s and follow them on Facebook, and Uncrustables and follow them on Facebook.

How does your family enjoy PB&J? 

Disclosure: Jif and Smucker’s provided product to facilitate this post.  All opinions stated are my own.


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I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.


  1. I always make myself a sandwich when I make my kids one. But we do fluffernutters here, not PB&J 🙂

  2. This is such a good post. As a person that makes PB and J every day I loved all those facts. My son eats PB and J every night around 8PM before he brushes his teeth.

  3. Our family is definitely part of the stats-we buy our peanut butter by the bucketload and run out quickly. Our family’s favorite is probably homemade reeces peanut butter cups…YUMMMM!

  4. We buy SO much peanut butter. It’s a staple at our house. What a great idea to put granola on the top!

  5. The Jif to Go packs are amazing! Even as an adult I love how tasty and convenient they are!

  6. I like that these are on the natural side. Less sugar is very important in our home. We do not use bread either, so many alternatives. What a fun recipe!

  7. I love this! 30% of Americans think PB&J is the best comfort food!? That’s interesting! AND the national holiday is the day after my birthday! Woohoo!

  8. I haven’t had a PB&J in ages. Now I’m craving one. It definitely has to be creamy peanut butter for my family.

  9. I will often make me a pb&j when I make one for the kids. It’s comfort food for me and them.

  10. I feel like I have missed the boat. I wish something was as simple for me as a peanut butter and jelly as a comfort food.

  11. Wow! These are really great to know! Thanks for sharing!

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