Fluffernutter (noun)- a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff

Fluff has only four ingredients: corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites, and vanillin. Personally, I think fluff is beyond gross. But the origin and history of it are deeply rooted in Massachusetts which I find fascinating.

Ninety-nine years ago, a confectioner Archibald Query whipped up the first marshmallow creme in his kitchen in Somerville. With the advent of World War I brought on major sugar shortage, Query sold his recipe to Durkee-Mower Inc. for $500. By the 1960s, the company successfully advertised its product by pairing fluff and peanut butter squished between pieces of bread, known as the “fluffernutter.” Multiple times has this food item been purposed as the official state sandwich of Massachusetts. Compared to other state sandwiches, fluffernutters are outshined by even Montana’s the Nuke and Wyoming’s bison Reuben. The grandson of the cofounder H. Allen Durkee currently runs the candy business, and the aging manufacturing factory located in Lynn supplies fluff both far and near to those who’d eat it to this day.

This Saturday September 24th “What the Fluff?” Festival will pay tribute the sugary invention at its birthplace Union Square in Somerville. Activities include fluff lick off, fluff jousting, fluff musical chairs, and fluff hair dos. If I weren’t going away this weekend, I’d definitely be people watching on a bench with a camera and not consuming the sticky white goo in any form.


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