KLG & Hoda: JIF Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest Finalists


Kathie Lee & Hoda: JIF Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest

JIF recently held a competition for children ranging in ages from seven to 10 to make the most delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich with anything they could find in the kitchen. Hoda and Molly Ringwald met the five finalists in the competition for a $25,000 scholarship and they got to try their winning entries.

Matthew, Ansley, Jacob, Kathryn and Julie all came up with delicious sandwiches using some unusual ingredients like bacon, mole, pears and even chicken. You can get all the recipes for their PB&J inspired sandwiches below.


When you get to Ansley’s Bannutter Cream Sandwich, just try to imagine how this little girl got her inspiration from ice cream sandwiches.

Bananas Foster PB&B Recipe By Matthew Reid

KLG & Hoda: JIF Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest Finalists

Molly Ringwald and Hoda tasted the JIF Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest finalist sandwiches which included the Bananas Fosters PB&B sandwich.

Bananas Foster PB&B Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Slices cooked bacon
  • Bananas, sliced in half, then sliced in half length-wise
  • Thick slices of bread
  • 2 tablespoons JIF Creamy Peanut Butter

Bananas Foster PB&B Directions:

  • Melt butter in pan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Once it begins to bubble, put in slices of banana and cook until bananas are warm.
  • Toast bread. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each piece of toast.
  • Place bacon slices on one side of the toast and the banana pieces on the other piece of toast.
  • Close sandwich and slice in half.

Banutter Cream Sandwich Recipe By Ansley Powell

Banutter Cream Sandwich Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 8 chocolate graham crackers
  • 4 tablespoons JIF Creamy Peanut Butter

Banutter Cream Sandwich Directions:

  • Peel 2 ripe bananas and cut into 1-inch slices. Freeze bananas for at least 1 hour, then remove from freezer and put into blender.
  • Add the peanut butter and honey and blend well.
  • Spoon mixture onto graham cracker and place another graham cracker on top.
  • Put sandwiches in freezer until mixture is frozen solid.

Magnificent Mole Chicken Torta Recipe By Jacob Crawford

Magnificent Mole Chicken Torta Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup pulled rotisserie chicken, heated
  • 1 slice Monterey Jack cheese, halved
  • 1 bolillo roll, sliced lengthwise
  • 3 avocado slices
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced lettuce
  • 1/8 cup chopped tomato
  • Dollop of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons JIF Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread
  • 1/3 cup condensed tomato soup
  • Juice of half a lime (about 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green chili peppers
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro

Magnificent Mole Chicken Torta Directions:

  • Spray a small sauce pot with cooking spray, and sauté minced onion and garlic over medium-high heat until tender.
  • Stir in 2 tablespoons of Jif Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread, tomato soup, lime juice, cumin, cilantro and green chili peppers. Bring to a boil and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove sauce from heat. Toss half the sauce with pulled chicken, and place mixture on the bottom half of the roll.
  • Top with cheese slices and place sandwich open-faced under a toaster oven or broiler for 2-3 minutes until cheese melts. Remove sandwich from oven, and place sliced avocado on top of melted cheese.
  • Then, add lettuce, tomatoes, a dollop of sour cream and the top half of the roll.

Peanut Butter Pear-Ot Recipe By Kathryn Weis

Peanut Butter Pear-Ot Ingredients:

  • 1 pear, shredded
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 whole wheat flatbread wraps
  • 2 tablespoons JIF Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 tablespoons JIF Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread

Peanut Butter Pear-Ot Directions:

  • In medium bowl, mix together Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, pear, carrot, celery and craisins.
  • Divide mixture between two flatbread wraps. Wrap and cut each wrap in half.
  • Spread Jif Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread on cut halves of wraps, and sprinkle on chopped peanuts.

Apple Fries Peanut Butter Surprise Recipe By Julia Thomas

Apple Fries Peanut Butter Surprise Ingredients:

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 1 large apple
  • 3 tablespoons JIF Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon granola
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips

Apple Fries Peanut Butter Surprise Directions:

  • Lay tortilla flat on plate. Spread 2 tablespoons of Jif Peanut Butter in the shape of a 4-inch circle in the top center of the tortilla.
  • Sprinkle the granola and the mini chocolate chips on top of the peanut butter.
  • Cut one apple into “fries,” so they look like French fries. Lay apple fries vertically on top of the peanut butter circle. Place all apples on top of peanut butter, even on top of each other.
  • Fold bottom half of tortilla up to cover half of the apple fries. Take the right side of the tortilla and fold it in. Take the left side and fold it in as well, overlapping the right side. Dab some peanut butter to “glue” the sides together.


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