A childhood staple and an adult favorite, the peanut butter sandwich has a special place in all of our hearts and stomachs. The sandwich rose to popularity during WWII, due to rationing at home and its inclusion in the meals of soldiers. The sticky sandwich long outlasted the war and is consumed in 89 percent of U.S. households. Here are eight of the most popular sandwiches that peanut butter is used in.
Fluffernutters - A gooey, sticky combination of peanut butter and marshmallow that has been a source of controversy this year, but is a firm favorite with anyone who likes marshmallow.
Peanut butter, banana and honey - Also known as a PBH, Cafe Intermezzo in Berkeley, California makes a fantastic version of this sandwich on homemade bread.
Peanut butter and bacon - The variant on this is peanut butter and baloney. People will put bacon on anything.
Fried peanut butter and banana - Often said to be Elvis's favorite, though he was known to eat peanut butter and cheese and the aforementioned peanut butter and bacon, too.
Peanut Butter, mayo and fried egg - The combination may sound odd if you've never heard of it before, but peanut butter and mayo is still popular in many parts of the country. There's a recipe here.
Peanut butter and pickles - This one sounds like an urban legend, one attributed to the cravings of pregnant women, because the combination is an odd one, but it comes up again and again.
Nutter butters - These are sandwich cookies made with peanut butter and come shaped like peanuts. They're maddeningly addictive and an excellent follow-up to a non-cookie sandwich.
Peanut butter and jelly - No list would be complete without the classic. The type of jam, jelly or preserves is entirely up to you, though I would recommend strawberry to first-timers.
And, if anyone has peanut allergies, try using other nut butters or non-nut butters with any of these combinations, or try coming up with your own. Put all of your favorites in the comments!