Peanut Butter Jelly Time 3.0

A long while ago, back in 2004, we held our first ever Peanut Butter Jelly Day. At the time, we were a much smaller company (single digits), and we were working out of the Q101 office in the Merchandise Mart.

A Potbelly’s sandwich shop had recently opened up… and a few of us noticed that one of their sandwiches was a PB&J for something like $4 or $5. Apalled, we all determined that we could make our own (far better, far cheaper) Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches.

As a spin, we all brought in our own “extra” ingredients. There was a base supply of bread, peanut butter and grape jelly… but everyone else was to bring in their own special toppings.

Amazingly, it’s been about 3 years since our last one of these events… and so I figured it was time to have another PB&J lunch. On Friday I brought in about 3 loaves of white bread, three jars of peanut butter, and three jars of jelly, and we all set up shop in the large conference room.

Lineup and prep. On the table were various things like bannanas, Marshmallow Fluff, cereal and a homemade chutney that Justin brought in.

Laurence’s creation – a mixture of pretty much everything, all rolled into one…

Chris’ traditional PB&J sandwich (plus bacon).

AJ’s awesome looking sandwich. Lots of marshmallows, and I *think* that’s Strawberry jelly (and not ketchup).

Dan’s PB&J on a bagel, with Bacos Bacon bits.

I revisited my PB&J waffle sandwich, with sausage and bannanas (there were smoe leftover supplies from the 5AM Breakfast from last year). It was, actually… pretty darn tasty. On the first few bites, the best that I can describe it was that my mouth felt very confused.

The peanut butter was melting due to the heat of the sausage. The texture of the waffle suggested sweetness, but the saltiness from the sausage sort of took over. Whenever I started to focus on a particular taste or texture (salty or sweet, crunchy or squishy), it immediately shifted.

I can’t believe it’s been four years since I last had one of these.

During our lunch, Brian L took a few photos of the event with his Polaroid.

Chris revisited his teechnique from our last PB&J party, choosing to butter and toast up his sandwich using the office George Foreman grill.

And it smells like victory.

My second experiment – PB&J with strawberry jelly, trail mix, Bacos bacon bits and some kind of green chip thing that Laurence brought in. By far, this was one of the crunchiest PB&J sandwiches I’ve ever had. The very texture of this sandiwch kept me offguard the whole time I was eating.

All in all a pretty fun lunch hour. I was a little bummed that we didn’t have more folks bring in more stuff… but plenty of chances for that, next time around. Today was a nice chance to slow down a bit, and enjoy a Friday afternoon with coworkers. And there’s no better way to end the week than on a twitchy, sugar-induced high…

First Ever PB&J Day (2004)
Justin and Ben Play Pancake Frisbee
Peanut Butter Jelly Time, 2.0
Chris Using a George Foreman Grill

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