NANTGARW, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 03: A close-up of a McDonald's restaurant sign on June 03, 2020 in Nantgarw, United Kingdom. The restaurant has reopened its doors today to drive-through customers only. The Welsh government has further relaxed COVID-19 lockdown measures this week, allowing people from different households to meet up outside while maintaining social distancing. Schools have remained closed and those who have been advised to shield at home can go outside again but have been told to avoid shopping. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
McDonald's Sold PB&J Sandwiches In The 1940s
By David Tran
When McDonald's opened in 1948, its offerings drastically differed from today's ever-expansive menu. Since its inception, McDonald's experimented with several menu items beyond the typical hamburgers and French fries, including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
McDonald's first debuted as "McDonald's B-B-Q," and the menu was much simpler than what the food chain offers today, with the star at the time not its hamburgers but its barbecue (via Mental Floss). If you weren't in the mood for barbecue, McDonald's also sold peanut butter sandwiches with fries for as little as 20 cents.
In 1948, McDonald's temporarily closed to revamp their menu and make it simpler, which meant goodbye to the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. McDonald's has grown to become an American staple, with a tradition of experimenting with their menu, so it isn't surprising that the restaurant chain featured this classic American sandwich in its early days.