There are certain food habits that are gross in theory, but that people wholeheartedly love.
They may make us all feel a bit weird, but we accept them, because food should not be a source of shame and what someone puts in their body is up to them.
I enjoy eating squares of milk chocolate with salted tortilla chips, for example. Some people like dipping their fries in their milkshake. Metro.co.uks head of video regularly adds Fanta to a glass of Coke, and dips hash browns in mustard.
These are things that are not everyones cup of tea, but that we can tolerate.
That is not the case for peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches.
Yes, friends, there are people in this world who enjoy slathering up two slices of bread with peanut butter then topping with goop made of egg yolks and oil.
These people have lived among us quietly for some time now, but over the weekend they were thrown into the light.
The world beheld them, and we were deeply disturbed.
The new attention on the unsettling combo is the fault of NowThis, who posted a video encouraging people to make the damned combination.
The video explains that the dish is popular in the southern states of America, and has been a thing since back in the 40s, when people used mayo to make their peanut butter more moist.
The sandwich was popular during the Great Depression as it was cheap to make but relatively filling.
Youd hope that by 2018, we would have seen the end of such a crime against bread, but alas, the PB & mayo sandwich has lived on like a hardy cockroach.
The discovery has caused disquiet in many.
I know as a people we are struggling to find our way…but peanut butter and mayo sandwiches? Reset Earth we failed the test.
— Mugsy (@MugsyWillitts) September 25, 2018
I peanut butter.
I was born and raised in Georgia. I've never seen anyone eat this & I've never heard of this combo & I sure as hell don't want to try it! https://t.co/bXhdIssI1s
— Brenda A. (@Brenaba1) September 20, 2018
I may have enjoyed peanut butter x butter sandwiches as a kid… but PB x Mayo?? Big pass
— brandon (@HawkMeister32) September 23, 2018
Of course, its possible that this sandwich filling could be secretly delicious.
Maybe when someone first made peanut butter and jam sandwiches, people called them demons and weirdos.
The truth is that to understand the peanut butter and mayo hype, you must try the sandwich yourself to know for sure whether its for you.
Recipes (yep, there are recipes) advise smothering one slice of bread with peanut butter, then smoothing the other slice of bread with mayonnaise. Smush the two bits of bread together, and voila.
Some recommend adding lettuce, bananas (no, no, no), or pickles to the sandwich to add some extra excitement.
Readers, we will not be making this sandwich because the idea is so unsettling it makes us queasy. You enjoy, though.