People who grew up in the U.S. are bound to have strong memories of peanut butter and jelly. For decades, the sandwich has been a cheap way for parents to feed kids a fairly satisfying lunch during elementary school, and a fun after-school snack. Really, though, PB&J has never been anything gourmet, until now. Skip the sandwich, which you can make at home, and learn about 6 of the best peanut butter & jelly treats in Los Angeles.
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1. Magnolia Bakery Peanut Butter Cupcake ($3.50)
This Manhattan bakery achieved widespread fame by appearing on “Sex and the City.” After that, crowds grew so large that they placed a cupcake bouncer and stanchions in front of the West Village original. The L.A. branch has never proven quite so popular, but they do have a similar complement of baked goods, along with black and white checkerboard floors, marble counters, and cake stands galore. Their Peanut Butter Cupcake combines peanut butter cake, grape jelly filling, peanut butter buttercream and crushed peanuts.
2. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams PB&J Sundae ($6.75)
Michael Palmer and Eva Ein recently imported their ice cream-focused dessert bar from Santa Barbara to Grand Central Market, and they don’t just offer scoops and cones. Their PB&J sundae combines milk chocolate & raspberry jam ice cream, rice peanut butter sauce, chunks of dark chocolate raspberry brownies, whipped cream, and a savory hit of salt.
3. Playa Provisions Back To School Ice Cream Sandwich ($4.50)
Small Batch is the ice cream parlor and café that resides right through the front door of the multi-faceted culinary compound in Playa del Rey from Brooke Williamson & Nick Roberts. Pastry chef Kristin Feuer created a Back To School Ice Cream Sandwich, cradling sweet Concord grape sorbet between a pair of chewy peanut butter cookies.