wh..sh wrote:Most people I have met, in the western world, assume that I grew up eating peanut butter or even like it.
I usually assume they are going to be shocked.
I wonder how anyone thought of mixing two bland things (peanut + butter) together?
Shame on your teachers!
Lack of spices, like most places through most of history.
And peanuts are an efficient energy source.
No butter involved, it is 'butter' as a description.
Have you had good peanut butter?
It's usually heavily salted.
Try corn as a diet, then try peanut butter.
See 'spice wars'
How the hell do you make the jump from peanut butter to a lack of spices or the spice wars
The key motivation behind P&B sandwiches is that P&B creates a sweet
sandwich of a particular flavor--not because of a lack of spices.
THAT is the answer to wh..sh's question, not some condescending ramble about the roots of the flavored foods and spice trade.
People eat P&B because they like the flavor,
it's cheap, easy to prepare, and its fans probably grew up with it as kids. It's also the preferred ready-made meal packs for soldiers in the US, even with access to all kinds of different flavored packs, spiced or not.
Wh..sh probably just grew up not understanding or liking the flavor. I don't like P&J either--or at least don't prefer it. Sweet sandwiches were never my thing, just as I don't like it stuff like apple chunks or grapes are put into sandwiches. Some kids loved P&B (some would only
eat that). I assume
it was because they liked sweet things.