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People Are Having A Heated Debate About The Right Way To Make A Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are arguably the easiest snacks to make. I mean, how can anyone screw up the sandwich when it's only made up of only three ingredients?

Well, it's this question that has divided the country more than politics could.

There are some purists who believe that there is a correct way to assemble the sandwich, and they've taken to social media to share their method.

In the process, they've managed to trigger a very heated debate about the proper way to build the American staple.

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The question that started it all

It all began with a tweet from Twitter user Lexie Ebensberger (@LexOnTheBeach26), asking "What is the proper way to make a Pb & J?" because she wanted to "settle a discussion."

She urged her followers to retweet the post for "bread then peanut butter, jelly on top on peanut butter then bread" or to hit "like" for "bread then peanut butter, jelly on other piece of bread and place together."

Turns out, people all across the country have some very strong feelings about how to assemble a PB & J sandwich, and they weren't afraid to share it with everyone else.

The post has since gotten over 245,000 likes and 9,000 retweets, which means that most people prefer to spread both and peanut butter and jelly on the same side of the bread before adding the second piece on top.

Still, there were nearly 700 PB& J fans who took to the comments to suggest a number of other ways to make the sandwich the right way.

The reactions

One person said the that "a buffer piece of bread" is needed between the peanut butter and jelly spreads "to avoid the sog."

Another chimed in saying, "Or just skip the jelly and throw some bananna slices in there." While one user asked if people put butter on their PB & J sandwiches like she usually does.

"...Toast the bread. Add the butter. Put PB on both slices and jelly on both," they wrote.

Danielle Shepherd (@elleinadbibby) told people to hold their judgement until they try her take on the classic sandwich.

"Hear me out," she tweeted. "Don’t judge until you try it..but a toasted pp&j (pb one bread, jelly on other) and put a sliced dill pickle in it. (Dry off pickle with paper towel so toast doesn’t get soggy)."

Surprisingly, there was at least one person who said they were willing to take one for the team.

Of course, there were a few trolls who thought it was fun to ruffle even more feathers with their ridiculous PB & J assembly method.

User Richie Tenenbaum described his way of making the sandwich (peanut butter on the outside) as the only right way.

To no one's surprise, this isn't the first time that how to make PB & J has been put up for discussion.

Professional opinion

A few months ago, Bon Appetit asked a bunch of chefs across the country to share how they craft the sandwich, and they all had different methods.

While many agreed on Strawberry jam, some said they preferred using apricot, grape, and even blackberry jelly. A couple of the chefs revealed that they like to add crushed peanuts for crunch and even some strawberry slices to enhance the flavor.

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Perhaps the most interesting of them all is Chef Casey Rebecca Nunes's take on it.

"I’m a huge fan of spice so I mix a little sambal [Indonesian chili paste] into my peanut butter," she explained. "It reminds me of chicken satay. Then I add a few strips of bacon because I’m indulgent, and blackberry jam. I like how all the flavors work together: salty, sweet, and fatty. I’m not particular about the bread, but I do like having it toasty."

It seems like no matter how much debate there is, we can all agree that the right PB & J sandwich is the one that makes you happy and keeps your belly full.

How do you make a PB & J sandwich?

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.