People have a lot of feelings about peanut butter and mayo sandwiches


There are a lot of uses for both peanut butter and mayonnaise, but combining the two never crossed my mind. Sure, there are plenty of strange, delicious combos out there, such as peanut butter and bacon or peanut butter and celery. Combining mayonnaise with ketchup is something I’ve been known to do (though not like this), and if you wanted to cook a grilled cheese using mayo in the place of butter, I probably wouldn’t stop you. But we’ve all got to draw the line somewhere, don’t we?

For some, peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches are exactly where the fun in quirky combinations come to a screeching halt, and they’re taking to social media to say just that.

The peanut butter-mayo debate was sparked after Southern magazine Garden & Gun posted an article about this combination, writing that it became a staple for many Southern households during the Great Depression.

I’m a born-and-bred Southerner, and I’d never heard of this combination. But in some households, this tradition is alive and well, and people are willing to defend this sandwich.

Twitter user @waverelic calls the combo “terrific”:

Twitter user @beastmodemom247 wrote, “My grandma eats peanut butter and mayo sandwiches” on Twitter:

And some even have stories of slightly stranger combinations, like BLTs with peanut butter and mayo:

Twitter user @WorshipManBrad wrote that the peanut butter and mayo sammie is “real. And good. And better with crunchy peanut butter. Just saying”:

And believe it or not, there are those who didn’t grow up with the PBM but have tried this pairing recently and were shocked to find it wasn’t “that bad,” as Twitter user @TeamLillian put it:

Don’t knock it ’til you try it, I suppose!

But some folks have no intentions of ever eating this.

Twitter user @Prower_Power wrote that despite living in the South for years, the idea of putting peanut butter and mayo together “sounds horrifying”:

And even Twitter user @Kassandra_WSAW, who considers herself an “open person,” says she’s unsure about this combo:

Then there are those like Twitter user @MugsyWillitts, who thinks we humans have “failed the test” and need to begin again:

As far as peanut butter and mayo sandwiches go, the consensus seems to be that you either love the idea or you absolutely hate it. Which category do you fall into?

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Augusta Statz
I have a B.F.A. in Writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. I’m an avid writer with a genuine sense of curiosity. I feel the best way to absorb the world around you is through fashion, art and food, so that’s what I spend most of my time writing about.

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