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Fun Food Saturday: Crazy PB & J

We did a little calculation earlier this week and it’s embarrassing to say, but we estimate we’ve made about 800 peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches so far as parents. Oh, and our kids are only 3 and 6 years old (yes, someone in the mix is a picky eater). We’ve tried a few variations like raisin bread (oooh – radical) but we haven’t gone much beyond that and we’re itching for a change.

Then we came across Jif’s Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich contest and started looking through some of the past winners… and actually started to feel a little bit inspired. Peanut butter rolls served sushi style with pretzel rods for chopsticks? Now that’s cool. (Side note: We have no affiliation whatsoever with Jif Peanut Butter; we just like contests.)

Inspired, we started looking for more ideas and found some cool ideas. For example, check out this pretty Pear PB & J Bouquet from USA Pears. Kids may need some help with the knife, but they can pretty much make this one themselves (and in our opinion, any time you get to use a cookie cutter it’s automatically going to be fun).

Next, we saw these Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins from Cooking Light. On the outside it looks like a plain muffin but when you break it open there’s a nice jelly surprise. (And we are amused to see that the recipe comes with a wine pairing recommendation. We’ll…er…keep that in mind.)

Last but not least, Weelicious has spent the past week offering up creative PB & J recipes, from paninis to pancake sandwiches. We’re partial to her PB & J yogurt swirl, which disposes with the bread altogether but makes for one yummy-looking snack.

Will our picky six-year-old try any of these? Who knows. But he’s working on his recipe for the Jif contest right now. If your kids want to enter it too, get moving – entries are due by October 22.

Fun food Saturday: Because food should be fun.

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