Smucker’s Uncrustables. Because Making a PB&J Sandwich is JUST. TOO. HARD


Smucker’s wants to simplify our life with Uncrustables:

“At Smucker’s, we know how busy your life has become … so we created a few more ways to help make your life simple again.”

Unfortunately, there is nothing simple about the ingredient list in this peanut butter and jelly sandwich for kids. The problem with this “food product”, aside from the insulting insinuation that making a sandwich is complex or beyond our time management skills, is its ghastly ingredient list:

bread: unbleached whole wheat flour, water, wheat gluten, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, contains 2% or less of: salt, dough conditioners (distilled monoglycerides, sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, enzymes [with amylase, lipase, ascorbic acid, calcium peroxide, azodicarbonamide, wheat starch]), yeast, peanut butter: peanuts, dextrose, sugar, mono and diglycerides (palm and/or soybean oil), contains 2% or less of: fully hydrogenated vegetable oils (soybean and/or cottonseed and/or rapeseed), salt, molasses, strawberry jam: strawberries, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, contains 2% or less of: pectin, citric acid, potassium sorbate (preservative).

We highlighted in bold all the questionable ingredients, including trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils, azodicarbonamide which can cause allergic and respiratory reactions, and other treats.

Bottom line: Making a sandwich with higher quality ingredients is not that hard, is it?

  • McKel | Nutrition Stripped

    Haha, I couldn’t agree more- sticking a knife into a jar of PB and jelly and then spreading it onto 2 pieces (of already processed and pre-made) bread… the whole process talking less than 2 minutes. No one has time for that, right?

    • Kelli

      Or if the kid is old enough they can make one for themselves.,,probably. I saw a mom buying these for her young teenagers once. I felt bad being so judgmental but I honestly can’t see paying so much for such a crappy sandwich. Especially for teens who are more than capable of making and cutting their own sandwich.

  • Jensen_G

    It’s a shame, I always felt that Smuckers was a fairly “wholesome” brand but there is nothing wholesome about this product!

    • Jay

      I like this product!

  • Pat

    My mom always told me that the crusts would make my hair curly. I guess Smuckers doesn’t want any kids to have curly hair! Besides what do these things cost???!!!

  • Max_Freedom

    It’s sad that there are parents too lazy to love their kids.
    If you feed them this garbage, you don’t care about them.

    • Kj

      Please get over yourself you judgmental bourgeois ass.

      • Max_Freedom

        Seems like the bourgeois is the target demographic for this junk.

    • Kj

      That’s nice. I’m sure you can teach your kids a lot of class while you judge everyone else in your trailer park.

      • Max_Freedom

        Are you Mr. Smucker’s?
        Why are you defending Uncrustables with ad hominem attacks on random people?

        Is this a food for those with a sophisticated palate and refined taste, and I’m missing out?
        Does your family live in the Smucker’s mansion, with the cupboards stocked to the rafters with these HFCS-laden prepackaged blessings from above?
        Is the skill required to prepare proper food only for the bourgeois?
        I may have to rethink this whole thing.

        • Kj

          i guess you don’t post your obscenity laden insults publicly. Only your attempt at “thinking”. Don’t strain yourself honey. Have a nice day.

          • Max_Freedom

            You’re a crazy person.
            You called me an ass.
            Go away.

  • Mike Luque

    My question is… what’s the shelf life on this?? It’s impossible for this thing to be anywhere near healthy and be practical from a marketing standpoint. People gotta think!

  • Elissa Singer-Yee

    Sorry but the ingredient list is also the list for any “high quality” bread on the shelf, it is Smuckers Jam and probably their Peanut Butter as well which are all found in most grocery stores. Where are you going to get “better” ingredients? Whole Foods? You better read the ingredient list before you put that “all natural” product in the basket because the same stuff will be in there or you will “notice” a difference alright, the texture and taste of the peanut butter (it separates and you have to stir it), the bread which “molds” and goes stale faster, and the jelly/jam, now there you got me because it will be the PRICE that is much more (well, all that “Whole” natural food is higher priced) for a smaller quantity.

  • waynecollections

    I would actually like to see the actual product along with the packaging.

    But this is wow, getting ridiculous. It’s a new level of lazy if one can’t even make a pb&j. I can’t imagine how this Smuckers one would taste… :/

    • Richard Parker

      I’m pretty sure the sandwiches you had were just as loaded with bad ingredients. Either you didn’t read labels, couldn’t read labels, or lived during a time when nutrition facts were not provided.

  • James Cooper

    So what exactly is the problem with HFCS? It’s just sugar, no worse, no better.

    • Halie

      I agree. People want to complain about HFCS, yet they will go in a convenience store and buy skittles, suckers, sodas and other HIGHLY unhealthy things for their kids all the time. Things LOADED with HFCS and other sugary substances. I eat Smucker’s PB&Js all the time, not because I’m too lazy to fix a normal PB&J, but because when I wake up late for work and I’m in a rush to get out the door I reach for the quickest thing to eat for lunch. Trust me, I would much rather at a Smucker’s PB&J than the even less healthy alterative…McDonalds!

  • Richard Parker

    This is unhealthy junk any way you cut it, but it’s no worse than the average pb&j sanwiches made by parents who buy the exact same quality of bread, peanut butter and jelly. I can see the appeal of this sandwich for travellers who stop at a convenience store to pick up some snacks, but certainly not for everyday dining.

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  • Soapinmyeye

    I love peanut butter and jelly, and I love making it, but as a college student, it’s hard to find time to anything! I like uncrustables because they are quick, and they aren’t HORRIBLE. If you eat a balanced diet normaly, an uncrustable when time is an issue certainly hits the spot. These comments about laziness are taking it way too far, these little sandwhiches are damn good.