By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer
I’ll eat (almost) any food once.
So, when I collected interesting suggestions for “beyond jelly” peanut butter sandwiches, I tried most. And took notes. (I know you’re laughing at me.)
I concluded that peanut butter has a non-confrontational taste, so to speak. With other flavors, its taste either disappears or blends without clashing.
I tried peanut butter in mini-sandwiches with:
• Sweet pickles: Good. Peanut butter tempered the sweet-spicy pickle flavor.
• Dill pickles: Good. Unique and interesting.
• Mayonnaise: Yuck. All I could taste was mayo.
• Raw onion: Why bother? The onion was either too strong or barely noticeable, depending on amount.
• Bacon: OK. Salty and unique. An odd combination.
• Green olive with pimentos: Yuck. All I could taste was green olive.
• Chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nutella): Chocolate with a sobering peanut butter influence.
• M&Ms: Chocolatey.
• Marshmallow cream, approximating the fluffernutter: Yum. A good sweet/savory combination. One of my favorites.
• Banana and honey: Yum. A good balance of flavors. Sweet but not overwhelmingly so.
• Banana and Nutella: Rich but not hugely so. Not bad.
• Potato chip: Not bad. Crunchy and salty.
Yes, I really ate all that.