Smucker’s Uncrustables

If you thought nothing could be easier than making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you were first proved wrong when peanut butter and jelly were introduced in the same jar. This now means that if you don’t want to–heaven forbid–open up TWO jars, or dirty TWO knives, your problems are solved! Making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is now half as time-consuming and difficult as it use to be.

Now you can whip up sandwiches for your children’s lunches in record speed! You feel so accomplished, so intelligent, and yet so silly for spending that extra money. And maybe after the novelty wears off you find yourself gritting your teeth. As the purple from the grape jelly mixes with the light brown of the peanut butter, you realize that over time the jar that once had colorful stripes looks more and more like something your dog left on the back patio. You stare into that ugly mess inside the jar thinking, “There has got to be a better way!”

Then, the next time you are in the grocery store you see it, calling like a beacon to you in this time-starved world. A Smucker’s Uncrustables freezer case! You realize, at last, that you can now buy (Can you believe it?!) pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! What a relief! What a lifesaver! You grab a box and hold it close to you as you spin circles right there in the freezer aisle. This will save at least an extra minute and a half out of your entire week!

…Okay, okay, now back to reality. Smuckers really has come up with a pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You’ve likely seen them in ads or at the grocery store. I first saw this product while I was at the grocery store with my husband. We couldn’t help but laugh at the idea. Now, instead of spending 30 seconds making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you can buy sandwiches that are pre-made, with the crusts removed and the bread sealed together around the edges.

Some of these new food products really make me wonder just how lazy our society has become. It also shows us how frivolous we can be with our money. We are happy to fork out extra cash to feed our kids something that we don’t actually have to put any time into making. Give me a break!