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JIF Peanut Butter and Pickles!

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Peanut butter and pickles may not be the typical sandwich combination, but it has become a beloved tradition in our household. The story behind this unique pairing goes back to my grandmother, Charlotte the Great, who worked at a Soda Shop in a drug store during World War II.

One fateful day, a young soldier walked into the shop and asked my grandmother to make him a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. Being quite opinionated, Grandma couldn’t hide her disapproval of the choice and expressed her skepticism. But the soldier simply replied, “Don’t knock it unless you’ve tried it.”

Intrigued by the soldier’s confidence, my grandmother decided to give the unusual sandwich a chance. She assembled a sandwich with pickles and peanut butter, discovering a delightful blend of flavors and textures—salty, sour, sweet, and the satisfying crunch of the pickles. From that moment on, it became her go-to sandwich.

Grandma passed down this unique tradition to me when I was a child. Initially, I reacted with the same “eeww” as she did when it was first offered to her. But as I took a bite, surprised by the harmonious taste, my grandmother shared the soldier’s story, adding a touch of nostalgia and significance to the sandwich.

When my own children arrived, Grandma continued her mission and introduced them to the Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich. And one by one, each of us fell in love with this unconventional combination. Our preferred choice is Jif peanut butter paired with Nalley Valley’s Garlic and Dill Surfboard pickles—bringing a satisfying crunch that no other pickle can match.

pb and pickle sandwich

While our sandwich may not win any awards for being the most creative, it carries with it a glimpse into the past—a connection to a young girl working behind the counter of a soda shop, an unexpected soldier’s suggestion, and a grandmother’s willingness to embrace new flavors.

In fact, Jif Peanut Butter has even created a challenge for families across the nation. From now until November 8th, they invite parents and children aged 6-12 to create an original sandwich recipe featuring at least two tablespoons of their favorite Jif products. By entering, families have a chance to win a $15,000 college fund and a trip to New York City—an exciting opportunity to showcase culinary creativity.

Past finalists’ recipes included innovative creations like the Magnificent Mole Chicken Torta, Nutty BBQ Chicken Quesadilla, Peanut Butter Rolls Sushi Style, Washu Chicken Tacos, and Tropical Fantasy.

Triopical Fantasy Jif Peanut Butter Creative sandwich contest

I can’t wait to see what unique and delicious sandwich creations you come up with using your favorite Jif products. Embrace the challenge, let your culinary imagination soar, and you might just discover your own extraordinary sandwich tradition that will be cherished for generations to come!

About Jif:

Jif Peanut Butter is a well-known and popular brand of peanut butter in the United States. It has been providing creamy and delicious peanut butter for over 60 years. Jif Peanut Butter is known for its smooth texture, rich flavor, and versatility in various recipes.

One of the reasons Jif Peanut Butter stands out is its commitment to quality. It is made from high-quality peanuts and carefully crafted to deliver a consistently smooth and creamy texture. Jif offers a range of options to cater to different preferences, including Creamy Peanut Butter, Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter, and Natural Peanut Butter.

Jif Peanut Butter has become a pantry staple in many households, loved by both children and adults. It is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide array of recipes, from classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to cookies, bars, smoothies, and savory dishes like peanut sauces or Thai-inspired curries.

Beyond its delicious taste, Jif Peanut Butter also provides a good source of protein and healthy fats. It is packed with essential nutrients, including Vitamin E, niacin, and magnesium, making it a nutritious choice for individuals looking to incorporate protein-rich foods into their diets.

Jif Peanut Butter has expanded its product line to accommodate various dietary needs and preferences. They offer reduced-fat options for those seeking a lower-calorie alternative, as well as natural peanut butter options that contain no added sugars or preservatives.

The brand has also ventured into creating convenient snack options, such as individual-sized packs, snack bars, and to-go cups. These options are perfect for on-the-go snacking or for including in lunchboxes.

Jif Peanut Butter has become a trusted household name, known for its quality, taste, and versatility. Whether you enjoy it spread on toast, in baking recipes, or as a dip for fruits and vegetables, Jif Peanut Butter continues to provide a satisfying and delicious peanut butter experience for peanut butter lovers everywhere.

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