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What Would you Trade YOUR Peanut-Butter Sandwich for ?

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During the Family Book Festival, author/illustrator Chris Robertson stopped by to chat about the great fun world of reading he’s created with his books. One of our favorite Chris Robertson books is I’ll Trade my Peanut-Butter Sandwich.

The main character in this book is very clever as he’ll trade his peanut-butter sandwich for just about anything. The prose kept my children engaged and the illustrations are so inventive and down right funny.

I'll Trade my Peanut Butter Sandwich
I’ll Trade my Peanut Butter Sandwich

It’s a quick read but don’t put it away after you’re finished because your kids will be asking for it again and again.

When a boy trades his peanut-butter sandwich, it begins a series of increasingly absurd and outrageous trades, until he finally discovers an appreciation for the simple things in life.-Amazon

Just for fun, ask your family what they would “trade their peanut butter sandwich” for.

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 The History of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches aka PB&J Sandwiches

In the early 1900’s and served in New York City’s finest tea rooms, peanut butter was considered a delicacy only for those who could afford it. It was often paired with such things as celery, watercress, cheese, or nasturtiums and served on toasted crackers. Eventually a recipe for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches was published in Good Housekeeping Magazine and from there the lunch box staple was born. By the 1920’s the price of peanut butter declined so much that it could easily be found in every household in America. During World War II peanut butter and jelly were on the U.S. Soldiers military meal ration list.

How to Make Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Combinations

Of course we know that peanut butter can be eaten with jelly, but did you know there are a variety of other items that people eat with their peanut butter? My mother’s favorite sandwich was peanut butter and onions. It gave me chills just to watch her eat it.

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Other famous peanut butter combinations are:

  • Peanut butter and banana sandwiches
  • Peanut butter & fried pickles
  • Peanut butter & pears
  • Peanut butter & Apples
  • Peanut butter & Honey
  • Peanut butter, & chocolate

Then there is something called a Fluffernutter: You take peanut butter and marshmallow fluff and put it on bread.

Today must be your lucky day because today I leave you with The Ultimate PB& Marmalade Fluffernutter Sandwich 

The Ultimate Fluffernutter marmalade sandwich


3 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
3 slices white bread
1 1/2 tablespoon orange marmalade
1 1/2 tablespoon marshmallow creme
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Spread 1 Tbl. peanut butter on one slice of bread. Spread marmalade over top. Set aside. Spread 1 Tbl. peanut butter on another slice of bread, then place on top of marmalade, peanut butter side down.

Spread marshmallow creme on exposed side of bread. Sprinkle cheese on top of marshmallow creme. Spread remaining peanut butter on remaining slice of bread, then place on top of cheese, forming double-decker sandwich.


7 thoughts on “What Would you Trade YOUR Peanut-Butter Sandwich for ?

  1. Not for Nuttin’ would I trade my peanut butter sandwich, because I always eat PB& J with bananas, AND other goodies like raisins added in….once in a great while I add VANILLA ICING TO IT if I’m feeling totally decadent.
    As a child, my Dad would make Fluffernutter and peanut butter to which he added marmelade -so that must be a Swedish thing since you do it too- but OOOhhhh Lala the addition of cheddar cheese, well, now we are talking big time treat!!
    I guess I’ve been too busy eating peanut butter sandwiches because my website still isn’t finished and I have to get busy….so I can read Just About A Year: All About Seasons with sticky fingers with other PB&J lovers.

    Leslie Ehrin

    1. Love the fact that you love peanut butter as much as I do Leslie. Hope all is well with you !!! I’m on the road now but will call you in a couple of weeks when I get home. Sending you big hugs !!!

  2. PB&J is my favorite…. and my daughter’s. We are going to have to try that book!
    I love p.b. and banana sandwiches myself….

  3. This post reminded me that I have never fixed a fluffernutter sandwich for my son. He saw the pb & onion sandwich and said there is no way he would ever try that!

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