I hate making peanut butter sandwiches. While I absolutely love the final product, creating what many consider to be the easiest lunch in the world can be quite annoying. My biggest problem is the knife, it has to be washed or wiped after applying the peanut butter so as not to put any wrong PB in the jelly jar, if you don’t clean it right away you’ll be left with old peanut butter it’s been sitting in your sink , the texture is absolutely nauseating.

Enter Uncrustable, my go-to snack when I find myself hungry during a busy workday. They’re always waiting for me in the joy box in the fridge, and sometimes even a little inspirational note – who doesn’t want a “you can do it!” reminder! At noon? — printed on the packaging. I leave it on the counter for a while and then open a snack that both satisfies my carb and fat needs and gives me a comforting sense of nostalgia. Grapes or strawberries, you can’t go wrong with Uncrustable.

Uncrustable was first developed in 1995 and acquired by the JM Smucker Company four years later, gaining iconic status as a frozen treat in just a few decades. Smucker Co. briefly held a patent for “sealed crustless sandwiches” before the U.S. Patent Office realized that mashing together sandwich bread might have been around since the beginning, and Smucker’s real innovation was in those lovely rolled edges. The agency revoked the patent in 2006, but that didn’t stop Smuckers. The company has been selling Uncrustables at breakneck speed since 2013, and in 2020 the humble frozen PB&J has earned the company $365 million.

There’s a reason these sandwiches are so popular, and most of them are kid-related. There’s no easier snack for a grumpy, hungry kid than a slightly thawed Uncrustable. No one wants to take out a loaf of bread and dig Jif out of the depths of the pantry in a total meltdown. But as a grown adult who is solely responsible for his own grumpiness, let me assure you that Uncrustables is for those who occasionally need to satisfy their bodies with as little thought as possible.

The only thing Uncrustable needs is remembering to take it out of the fridge before you want to eat it. The box recommends leaving the sandwich on the counter for an hour, or thawing overnight in the refrigerator, but I found it only took about 15 minutes to thaw enough to eat. By then, the bread will be nice and soft, and the peanut butter is mostly soft, but the jam inside is still a little cold. This gives Uncrustable a bit of an ice cream sandwich feel, but don’t try to push it too far — eating it straight out of the freezer will completely ruin the texture of the sandwich. But if defrosted properly, Uncrustable might actually be better than a homemade PB&J. The jam to peanut butter ratio is perfect, and the bread is incredibly soft, a marvel of modern food science.

Due to the popularity of Uncrustables, there are many products that help people make their own. Thousands of results from “Uncrustables makers,” products that promise to make sandwiches that look like the real thing, appear on Amazon. Other options let your DIY Uncrustable turn into dinosaurs, stars or hearts, all of which are super cute. Smuckers has also expanded its Uncrustables line into the savory world, selling versions stuffed with pizza toppings, BBQ chicken and beef taco.

Unless you really need to save cash or consume too many Uncrustables (for example, a family of six might), there’s really no reason to DIY what you already have to make easy-to-make meals easier. When you buy Uncrustable, you don’t buy them because you love bread or think the price of grape jelly is reasonable. This is because we live in a sometimes – maybe even often! — Convenience is worth the extra price.