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Peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches are dividing the internet

The sandwich was popular in the US during the Great Depression

Chelsea Ritschel
in New York
Tuesday 25 September 2018 17:50 BST
People are divided over peanut butter and mayo sandwiches (Stock)
People are divided over peanut butter and mayo sandwiches (Stock)

Sandwiches can typically an array of ingredients and condiments and still be delicious - but one combination has people confused and disgusted.

If you live in the southern US, you may have heard of or even eaten peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches - but for everyone else, the combo is raising questions.

The questionable sandwich became a topic of conversation after NowThis posted a video of the blend and encouraged people to try the “popular” sandwich.

According to the video, which claims the dish used to be “as beloved as regular PB&J,” the combination became a staple during the 1940s - when people used the mayo to “moisten their peanut butter” and when it was the only food that some people could afford.

Despite its humble beginnings, the sandwich, described as tasting like “sour peanut butter" by Garden and Gun, has caused a divide on social media - with some advocating for the sandwich and others expressing their discomfort.

“Add banana,” one person advised. “We ate these all the time! The mayo only adds a little taste, but keeps the peanut butter from being like cement. You don’t spread the mayo thick. My dad and I used to do peanut butter and dill pickle (with mayo on one side).”

Another offered a different suggestion for making the sandwich: “We used peanut butter and miracle whip and it was great. Don’t use real mayo,” while someone else recalled: “I used to eat these as a kid in Texas!!!”

The combination has divided people (NowThis)

However, others were less open to the mash-up - which was described as “undignified behaviour.”

“Gross,” one person summed up on Twitter.

Another defended the South, writing: “Why are they forever trying trying to put crazy things on Southern people? Myself and no one I know of would eat a PB&Mayo sandwich. That is NOT Southern, though it is sickening.”

“Hard. Pass” one sandwich connoisseur wrote.

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For those open to trying the sandwich, recipes recommend eating it on plain bread.

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