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Daily TWiP – Oct. 8: National Fluffernutter Day

Nothing makes us feel quite so silly as attempting to explain the concept of a Fluffernutter to someone who has not had the pleasure. We are therefore most pleased to raise awareness of this tasty sandwich by celebrating National Fluffernutter Day.

A Fluffernutter is a sandwich consisting of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff spread on white bread. Substituting wheat bread for white in effort to make the sandwich more nutritious is generally frowned upon.

Firstly, white bread is far more palatable in combination with the sandwich’s fillings. And secondly, if you’re concerned about nutrition, you probably shouldn’t be eating a peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich.

The Fluffernutter phenomenon is mostly confined to the Northeastern United States, which makes sense as fluff itself originated in Massachusetts. The recipe for fluff was developed by Archibald Query of Somerville, Mass., who then sold the recipe to confectioners H. Allen Durkee and Fred Mower of Lynn, Mass.

Durkee and Mower’s Marshmallow Fluff was the first brand on the market, appearing on grocery store shelves in the early 20th century after being successfully sold door-to-door. As far as we’re concerned, theirs is the genuine article and there’s no need for any others.

Other fluff consumers must feel the same way, as there are only two other brands of this sticky sweet spread produced in North America – Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme and Solo Marshmallow Creme.

Join in the Fluffernutter fun by picking up a tub of your favorite flavor of fluff (it comes in marshmallow, strawberry and raspberry) and slathering yourself up a sandwich. If you’d like to get more creative, visit the recipe section on Durkee-Mower’s official Web site. They even have a recipe for a Fluffernutter shake to go with your Fluffernutter sandwich.

– Teresa Santoski


Originally published Oct. 8, 2010.

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