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I’ve always found peanut butter sandwiches to be kind of a cute menu item, especially when they’re not listed as a kids’ item. Cute though I've considered the idea, I’d never ordered one for myself until now.

On the menu board at Earthblend Tea & Coffee (aka The Eatery With No Bathroom), the Crunchy PB&J (creamy peanut butter, boysenberry jam, banana, and sliced apples on wheat - $4.95) caught my eye. Although I’d seen banana listed as an ingredient on plenty of peanut butter sandwiches, the addition of apples wasn’t something I’d seen before. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but I was curious, so I ordered one.

I enjoyed the first few bites. Among all that gooey (peanut butter), slippery (boysenberry jelly), and squishy (banana), the crispy crunch of the apples was a welcome texture. And its green apple tartness was a welcome flavor among all that sweetness.

Beyond those first few bites, however, it became sweetness overload. I think the sandwich would have been better served with a natural peanut butter (less sugar, better texture) and zero jam. The banana and peanut combo is sweet enough.

That said, the next time I make myself a peanut butter sandwich, I might add some green apple slices.

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Joaquin_de_la_Mesa May 24, 2012 @ 1:52 p.m.

My dad used to make peanut butter and pickle sandwiches. He said the salt, juiciness, and snap of the pickles made them a perfect complement to peanut butter. My siblings and I took his word for it. We certainly weren't going to find out for ourselves.


nan shartel May 24, 2012 @ 2:24 p.m.

ditto on the pickles..love a PB&J with pickles


Elizabeth Salaam May 24, 2012 @ 3:03 p.m.

Yeah. I think I'm a fairly adventurous girl, and I love sweet and salty, but I don't know about the pickles and peanut butter.


Ian Pike May 24, 2012 @ 3:32 p.m.

Peanut butter and grilled cheese. Bomb.


Mary Beth Abate May 30, 2012 @ 9:22 a.m.

I love peanut butter and bananas, grilled in a little butter. Just like Elvis.

My childhood friend used to swear by peanut butter and potato chips. I've never tried that, mostly because potato chips never last long enough in my house to make it onto a sandwich.


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