Mike Madriaga 3 p.m., June 22
This Crunchy PB&J Almost Works
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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