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Peanut butter and jelly: Unique twists on an old classic

Peanut butter and jelly is all grown up.

Sure, it's a childhood classic. In fact, the average American eats 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he or she graduates high school, according to the National Peanut Board. But the perfect combo doesn't just have to be between two slices of white bread.

In honor of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on April 2, we've rounded up some of the sweetest -- and nuttiest -- concoctions this city has to offer. Milk optional.

Covered Pretzels

Snack time! The milk chocolate-covered pretzel tastes just
Photo Credit: Fatty Sundays

Snack time! The milk chocolate-covered pretzel tastes just like a PB&J sandwich. With raspberry jelly evenly coated in chopped peanuts, there's a perfect combination of crunch, saltiness and sweetness.

$6.95 for a box of five pretzels at Fatty Sundays, 888-318-4082, fattysundays.com

PB&J Cocktail

Concord grape, lemon, Prosecco and sweet and salty
Photo Credit: Bell Book & Candle

Concord grape, lemon, Prosecco and sweet and salty peanut butter combine in this drinkable version of the classic combo.

You'll find it on the dessert menu. $14 at Bell Book & Candle, 141 W. 10th St., 212-414-2355, bbandcnyc.com

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Gianduja

Let's break this dessert down. Dig into a
Photo Credit: Alan Batt

Let's break this dessert down. Dig into a layer of peanut butter cake, a crunchy layer of milk chocolate, peanut butter, feuilletine and a milk chocolate/peanut butter mousse, dusted with dark chocolate. But wait, there's more! Peanut butter ice cream -- a vanilla base with peanut brittle -- and a heap of huckleberry gelée completes the sweet treat.

$14 at Telepan, 72 W. 69th St., 212-580-4300, telepan-ny.com

PB&J Pain Perdue

You can get your PB&J fix at Sunday
Photo Credit: Melissa Hom

You can get your PB&J fix at Sunday brunch in French toast form. Two mammoth slices of custard-soaked Sullivan Street Bakery brioche are stuffed with creamy peanut butter and farm-fresh strawberry jam, lightly cooked and dressed tableside with an Earl Grey milk jam and ripe berries.

Chef Jesse Schenker has been making this dish since he was a kid!

$12 at Recette, 328 W. 12th St., 212-414-3000, recettenyc.com

DGPBJ (Damn Good Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich)

This if for diners looking for a sandwich
Photo Credit: Leave Rochelle Out Of It

This if for diners looking for a sandwich with some meat to it. In addition to the usual peanut butter and, in this case, raspberry jam, you'll find duck pancetta and pate, all served on toasted brioche. Yeah, it's damn good.

$16 at Leave Rochelle Out Of It, 205 Chrystie St., 212-673- 2400, rochellesnyc.com.

PB&J Ravioli

You won't find the Peanut Butter & Fig
Photo Credit: Moran's Restaurant

You won't find the Peanut Butter & Fig Jelly with Cinnamon Ice Cream on the regular menu. But this dessert, which was a treat the owner made just for her kids, can be ordered special.

$12 at Moran's Restaurant, 146 10th Ave., 212-627-3030, moransrestaurant.com

Box Lunch

Eat the classic PB&J sandwich in almost one
Photo Credit: Bantam Bagel

Eat the classic PB&J sandwich in almost one bite thanks to this ingenious bagel ball. Served all day, the plain bagel is topped with crushed, roasted peanuts and filled with peanut butter and strawberry jam. Just try to have only one.

$1.50 at Bantam Bagels, 283 Bleecker St., 646-852-6320, bantambagels.com.

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