Depending upon where you are, March either comes in “like a lion” or “like a lamb.” But no matter where you are, March is National Peanut Month.
Which brings us to a story about how “your father loves his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so your mom decided to make him a PB&J milk shake to treat him on warm days.” If you’ve heard that story, chances are it was someone with a name such as “Aunt Mabel” spinning the tale, and you were seated at a kitchenette table with an old-fashioned black-and-white TV that was replaying snippets of shows from long ago.
You were at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in a restaurant called 50’s Prime Time Café, and you had inquired about milk shake flavors. “Aunt Mabel” (your server) was explaining a choice called the Peanut Butter and Jelly Milk Shake, which has been available since the park opened in 1989.
If you are like me, (1) you love milk shakes, (2) rich chocolate malt is your favorite variety, and (3) the first time you heard about the Peanut Butter and Jelly Milk Shake, you experienced a sudden and profound loss of appetite.
But, if you’re like me, you survived your bad reaction to the thought of a perfectly good milk shake occasion being ruined by PB&J … and you ordered one.
And, if you’re like me, you now have a new second-favorite flavor of milk shake – the PB&J (behind, of course, a rich chocolate malt – I’m drooling!).
There’s a fascinating story behind the PB&J milk shake – and it has nothing to do with your father. It has everything to do with the food & beverage people being challenged to “think outside the box” as they created mealtime items for the new park. One of the chefs, eyeing swirled peanut butter and jelly, thought “inside the jar,” spooned a glob of it into the milk shake mixer along with ice cream and milk, blended it and put it in front of top management.
When the result was both a milk moustache and a smile, a Studios specialty was born.
My attempt to replicate the PB&J shake at home without consulting with the F&B people did not have the same result. Uncertain about the amount of peanut butter to include, I unwittingly crafted a “beverage” that stuck to the roof of my mouth.
You can avoid that mistake by using this Disney kitchen-tested recipe:
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons grape jelly
2 cups vanilla ice cream
¼ cup milk
- Blend ingredients until smooth and thick
- Add additional peanut butter or jelly to taste
- Make one “PB&J milk shake-lover” very happy!