Ahh, what would we do without the humble peanut butter sandwich? As a staple of every American family kitchen, it’s never not the right time for whipping up a quick PJ sandwich. Morning time? A perfect start to the day! Lunchtime? Everything you need! An evening snack? A quick and simple solution!

Over the years, tucking into a peanut butter sandwich has evolved into a pastime itself and as a result, the meal has spawned bountiful variations, all worthy kitchen staples on their accords. Here’s a quick outline of the very best peanut butter sandwich variations and why they deserve their own merits as American classics. 

Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich (The Original)

Almost as classic as the simple peanut butter sandwich, a peanut butter jelly sandwich pretty much provides you with the same humbling satisfaction as its predecessor. Donned as the original variation on a PJ sandwich, this combination satisfies both the sweet and savory senses, so never underestimate the original, especially when you invest your time and effort into a proper good-quality jelly. What more could you want?

Banana Peanut Butter Sandwich (The Healthy-ish One)

A banana peanut butter sandwich is the number one morning choice when it’s best to eat something reasonably nutritious. It’s the perfect solution for when you want to feel somewhat healthy-ish and start the day right. Not only does it provide you with your daily intake of potassium (winner!), but the spot-on flavor combination of banana and peanut is seriously undeniable. Add a pinch of cinnamon and you’ve got yourself a party. 

Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich (The Polarizer)


This is when things get a little controversial. If you haven’t already tried a peanut butter and pickle sandwich, you may well be missing out on your dream PJ combination. Some people absolutely adore this variation while others can’t stand it, so now is the time to make up your own mind. The most passionate PJ and pickle sandwich eaters swear by the perfect fusion of salty peanut and sweet and tangy pickle.

Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich (The Crowdpleaser)

Now, this is the combination to go for if you want to please pretty much everyone. Why? Well, anyone who eats bacon on a regular basis will always tell you how delicious it is no matter the time of day and no matter what you pair it with. A peanut butter and bacon sandwich will always be a go-to snack, because who can seriously resist the perfect marriage of crispy bacon and creamy peanut butter? 

Peanut Butter Grilled Cheese WITH bacon (The Almighty)

Here’s another crowd-pleasing combination, only this time it can be called the almighty of peanut butter sandwiches. You seriously should not knock it until you’ve tried it. Forget a peanut butter and bacon sandwich – now is the time to turn that idea into a grilled cheese sandwich and you’ve got yourself a winner! Just make sure you get the ratio of peanut butter spread and melted cheese correctly. You won’t regret it. 

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