Remember the Fluffernutter® sandwich? That combination of Marshmallow Fluff® and creamy peanut butter on white bread?
Food of the Gods! In fact, it is so good that there is a website in England selling Marshmallow Fluff for £15 per jar!
Since our house was a junk food-free zone devoid of such delicacies as Marshmallow Fluff, Fluffernutters were always a special treat growing up. I associate them with my grandparents house because my grandmother always had the large tub of Marshmallow Fluff tucked in with her baking supplies, and sometimes we would have them for dessert.
Now that I am all grown up, and able to “buy whatever I want at the grocery store” – a fantasy harbored by many a child with health food-loving parents, you can pretty much always find a jar of Marshmallow Fluff in my pantry.
Sometimes it will be a half-empty jar with its remaining contents petrified after years of neglect. Sometimes a jar will sit unopened for a year or more. Almost always, however, it will be there, next to the Goya® black beans and chickpeas, the Roland sardines, the Green Giant Niblets®, the canned Italian tomatoes, and other staples I can’t bear to be without.
Why? Because now that I am a “grown up”, as long as I have Marshmallow Fluff, I can make a Fluffernutter sandwich whenever I want. (Though, I have graduated from the once-coveted Wonder Bread to an artisanal white loaf from Fairway or Eli’s Manhattan.)
I am happy to say that I am not alone in my love of the Fluffernutter. The Durkee-Mower Company has been making Marshmallow Fluff for in Massachusetts since 1917,
and in 2009 a bill was introduced in the Massachussets State Legislature to make the Fluffernutter the Massachussets State Sandwich. While the bill failed to pass, it did generate some good press for the Fluffernutter. (For a look inside the Durkee-Mower Marshmallow Fluff factory, check out this video from the Boston Globe.)
In case you find yourself in high-nostalgia mode after watching the video and decide to run out and buy yourself a jar of Marshmallow Fluff, here is a Flufernutter Recipe 😉
Marshmallow Fluff® – It is the original and the best “marshmallow cream” out there, and it’s been family-owned for almost 100 years!
2 Slices of White Bread
Spread peanut butter on a slice of bread. Sprinkle lightly with salt, if you so desire.
Spread a GENEROUS layer of Marshmallow Fluff on top of the peanut butter. The second slice of bread on top of the Marshmallow Fluff. Remove crusts if desired. (Personally, I like the chewiness of the crust on an artisanal loaf.) Cut diagonally. Serve.
Marshmallow Fluff® is also a key ingredient in New England classics like Whoopie Pies
and “Neverfail Fudge.” For more Marshmallow Fluff® recipes, visit the official Durkee-Mower Marshmallow Fluff website.