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Fluffernutter sandwich

A Fluffernutter sandwich before assembly
Alternative name(s) Liberty sandwich
Place of origin United States
Region or state New England
Creator(s) George Newman
Main ingredient(s) Peanut butter, marshmallow creme

A Fluffernutter is a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow creme. It is usually served on white bread. Some recipes have wheat bread instead of white bread. Many sweets and salty, savory ingredients can be added for enjoyment. The term fluffernutter can also be used to describe other food items, such as desserts that have peanut butter and marshmallow creme.

In June 2006, Massachusetts State Senator Jarrett Barrios proposed legislation restricting the serving of Fluffernutter sandwiches in public schools.[1][2] The proposal was criticized as trivial and overly intrusive legislation. Barrios' supporters pointed to the problem of childhood obesity.[3] Massachusetts State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein planned to "fight to the death for Fluff". She supported legislation that would make the Fluffernutter the official state sandwich.[2] The measure failed, and Reinstein tried again unsuccessfully in 2009.[4]

Recipe and variations[change | change source]

A Fluffernutter is made by spreading peanut butter on a slice of white bread, then spreading marshmallow creme on another slice. When the two breads are combined, they make a sandwich.[5] Different recipes include wheat bread instead of white bread,[6] and Nutella hazelnut spread instead of peanut butter.[7] Sweet ingredients can be added like bananas.[8]Salty ingredients like bacon can also be added for enjoyment.[9] The Fluffernutter is sometimes seen as like the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The fluffernutter is often seen as a food for children.[10]Adults like fluffernutters too and has adapted to adult taste. For example, in a restaurant, a chef serves a Fluffernutter hors d'oeuvre in a toasted ice cream cone with a spoon of peanut butter and torched marshmallow creme on top.[11]

The term fluffernutter has also been used to describe other foods that have peanut butter and marshmallow creme. There are Fluffernutter cookies, Fluffernutter bars, and Fluffernutter cupcakes.[12][13] Durkee-Mower, is a brand of marshmallow creme. Durkee-Mower has a cookbook that has recipes for Fluffernutter bars, frostings, pies and a shakes.[14] In 2006, Brigham's Ice Cream and Durkee-Mower made a Fluffernutter ice cream flavor. The flavor had peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff in vanilla ice cream.[15] Fluffernutter was also the name of a candy made by the Boyer Brothers candy company starting in 1969.[16]

References[change | change source]

  1. Calloway, LeMont "The war on Fluffernutter escalates in Legislature" Boston Globe, June 21, 2006
  2. 2.0 2.1 LeBlanc, Steve (26 June 2006). "Fluffernutter Sandwich Angers Mass. Senator". Fox News. http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2006Jun20/0,4670,FluffFight,00.html. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  3. McKenna, Philip (June 19, 2006). "Can this spread be stopped? Lawmaker wants schools to put a lid on Fluff". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2006/06/19/can_this_spread_be_stopped/. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  4. Nicas, Jack (23 September 2009). "Gooey treat Fluffernutter proposed as official state sandwich". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/09/gooey_treat_flu.html. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  5. Chmelynski, Carol. "Fluff Worth Fighting For." American School Board Journal 193.9 (2006): 10.
  6. Miller, Michelle (25 November 2010). "Be Thankful That Tastes Change". Tampa Bay Times.
  7. Schwartz, Justin (2004). The Mashmallow Fluff Cookbook. Durkee-Mower. pp. 122. http://books.google.com/books?id=KKxZpW5yLJsC&pg=PA122&dq=fluffernutter+nutella&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6xhRT6GpL8ry0gHFq7HEDQ&ved=0CDwQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=fluffernutter&f=false.
  8. "History of Fluffernutter Sandwich". What's Cooking in America. http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/FluffernutterSandwich.htm. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  9. Bruning, Fred (21 January 2012). "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Bacon". Newsday. http://long-island.newsday.com/search/life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-bacon-1.3465063. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  10. "Fluffernutter sandwich is good, but is it the state sandwich?". The Boston Globe. 23 September 2009. http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/somerville/2009/09/fluffernutter_sandwich_is_good.html. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  11. Fitzgerald, Maureen (1 December 2011). "Bite-size foods cherished from childhood are served by a New York caterer at the most swellegant holiday parties". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  12. "Fluffernutter Cookies Recipe". BettyCrocker.com. Betty Crocker. http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/fluffernutter-cookies/b2d150e3-9005-495c-b3e9-c2d1a5ce3a6f. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  13. Bilderback, Leslie (2008). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Snack Cakes. Alpha. pp. 256. ISBN 1-59257-737-7 . http://books.google.com/books?id=Gp2HpmCmL1sC&pg=PT92&dq=fluffernutter&hl=en&sa=X&ei=z4ROT9j9CNTCsQKzzYEB&ved=0CEUQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=fluffernutter&f=false.
  14. "The Online Yummy Book". marshmallowfluff.com. Durkee-Mower. http://www.marshmallowfluff.com/pages/recipe_favorites.html. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  15. "Brigham's, Durkee-Mower team up for Fluffernutter ice cream". Boston Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/2006/04/03/daily68.html. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  16. "The Boyer Story". Boyer Brothers. https://boyercandies.com/history.php. Retrieved 8 March 2012.