The funny thing about my connection to peanut butter & jelly is my mother’s perfume: Estee Lauder’s Cinnabar. A rather strange connection, yes, but one that is completely etched into my memory none-the-less.

Back in grade school and junior high  my mother used to make my lunch. A standard lunch: an apple (or some form of fruit that I never ate), a bag of chips, some cookies, a juice and a pb & j. The thing is that my mom would make my lunch after she finished getting ready. Now if you know anything about my mother, there are 3 things you can *always* guarantee from her: 1). A cheerful smile. Always; 2). The color of her fingernail polish. Same since I was a kid; and 3). Her perfume. See #2. I have never known anything but that scent on my mother. She is never not wearing it.

The problem was through the process of making my lunch, the overwhelming scent of Cinnabar would inevitably transfer onto my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Every day. And every day I would pray that it would be *the* day that maybe, just maybe, the traces of Estee Lauder wasn’t on my peanut butter. Never happened. So there I would sit, eating my sandwich, wondering if anyone else’s lunch tasted like their mother’s perfume.

Regardless, those days never squashed my ultimate love for the classic combination of peanut butter and jelly. Not even in popsicle form…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicle Recipe

Gluten, egg and dairy-free

Makes 4 small-sized popsicles

For the “Peanut Butter” filling:

  • 1 container So Delicious plain yogurt
  • 1/4 c. non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 c. peanut butter, creamy
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender until smooth.
  2. Pout into a popsicle holder and fill 2/3 full.
  3. Freeze for 1 hour.

For the “Jelly” filling:

  • 1/2 c. frozen berries
  • 2 Tbs water
  • 1 Tb sugar
  1. Combine berries, water and sugar into a pot and heat until dissolved.
  2. Place into a blender until well mixed.
  3. Pour into the remaining 1/3 of popsicle holder.
  4. Freeze for 20 minutes. Place popsicle sticks in middle; they should be able to stand up alone at this point. Freeze for another 1 hour until fully set.