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Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly 
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va. (Aramark)

A twist on a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich seems to be a prerequisite at most universities, but at James Madison University, the dining department took a step further and made the lunch bag staple into a decadent treat.

We take the standard peanut butter and jelly and deep-fry it,” Janet Worley, assistant foodservice director, says. “We take the whole sandwich, which we make with white bread, and we dip it in waffle batter and deep-fry it. We serve it with a raspberry sauce and sprinkle it with white powered sugar. It’s not only a sandwich, but it’s a dessert as well.”

Worley says the sandwich came out of encouraging the department’s chefs to experiment. “One of our chefs thought it might be a good twist on something we were already offering,” Worley says. “We have a custom PB&J bar so this [sandwich] was the next evolution of that.”

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