Friday, August 9, 2013

The Fluffernutter

This was my lunch the other day.  Hopefully the nutrition in the peanut butter offset the empty calories of the marshmallow creme - a gooey layer of carbs and sugar slathered on a slice of white bread.

The Fluffernutter was a phrase coined in 1960 for the peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich.  Marshmallow Creme (also known as Marshmallow Fluff) was credited to several inventors Emma and Amory Curtis in 1913 and Archibald Query in 1917, both from Massachusetts.  During World War I Emma Curtis created a recipe using peanut butter and marshmallow creme on white bread, which she then sold to Durkee-Mower Inc.  They changed the name to Marshmallow Fluff, which paved the way for today's Fluffernutter.  It soon gained popularity and has been proposed as the official state sandwich of Massachusetts.

The Fluffernutter is still most popular in New England, so what is a Southern gal doing eating one?  My Mom was from Maine and she would occasionally make them for lunch as an alternative to the many, many bologna sandwiches I ate.

Now that I've admitted it, who else enjoys a Fluffernutter?


  1. Fluffernutters, mmm good.

    I believe these sandwiches are so good that they were banned by Mayor Bloomberg in New York City.

  2. I can't understand how anyone can mix peanut butter with something sweet, though I know Americans do it all the time.

    The marshmallow, on the other hand, I could eat straight from the jar, just as I can the peanut butter - Just not together :)

  3. Oh my! I haven't thought of that stuff in years...didn't know they still made it! As I type this, I can taste it, Linda. :)

  4. I think that sounds amazing but I will take your word for it. I rarely eat sweets. I do love peanut butter though. I truly could just did a spoon in a jar for a bit and consider it a treat.

  5. I can't say that I've ever had one but I'm certain that I'd gobble it up in a heartbeat. Could we add some chocolate to that?

  6. Timothy- Yeah, they're best eaten with a large soda - in my case, diet soda.

    Babs- Like you said, it's an American thing. Tasty, though!

    Talon- This is a good excuse to try one.

    Cheryl- Wish I could say the same. When it comes to snacks, though, sometimes I want sweet, other times salty and sometimes both.

    Hilary- Give it a try, I'm sure you'll like it. Maybe some Nutella?


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