Creamy peanut butter and sweet marshmallow fluff combine to make the most American sandwich ever. This fluffernutter sandwich is sure to invoke childhood memories for many of us!
The idea of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff between a couple of slices of bread brings back childhood for me. This was the sandwich my mother would make for us on Saturday afternoons, right after our sugar laden bowls of cereal with milk.
Perhaps it was the sugar coma she hoped for so she could get the house clean? Maybe. Or just that the average peanut butter and jelly that we ate every day for lunch needed a boost on the weekend?
History of the Fluffernutter
My favorite legend behind the fluffernutter begins with Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere’s great great great grandchildren, Emma and Amory Curtis of Melrose, Massachusetts. They were both highly intelligent and forward-thinkers, and Amory was even accepted into MIT. However,the family couldn’t afford to send him, so he founded a Boston-based company in the 1890s. This company specialized in soda fountain equipment, which he later sold.
He used the proceeds to buy the entire east side of Crystal Street in Melrose, and to build a house. In his basement, he created a marshmallow spread known as Snowflake Marshmallow Crème. By the early 1910s, the Curtis Marshmallow Factory was established and Snowflake became the first commercially successful shelf-stable marshmallow crème.
World War I was raging, and Americans were urged to sacrifice meat one day a week. Emma, who was the “brains behind the marketing” for the marshmallow crème, published a recipe for a peanut butter and marshmallow crème sandwich. She named her creation the “Liberty Sandwich,” as a person could still obtain his or her daily nutrients while simultaneously supporting the wartime cause. Some have pointed to Emma’s 1918 published recipe as the earliest known example of a Fluffernutter.
The legend of this peanut butter and marshmallow creme lives on today.
October 8 every year is known as “National Fluffernutter Day”, and is celebrated by many by enjoying the marshmallow fluff and peanut butter concoction. Most of us eat it on some type of whole wheat bread, because, when you are dealing with so much sugar, it balances it out. Or just eat it on plain white bread and smile for the day!
What ingredients does commercial marshmallow creme have?
Most commercial brands have copious amounts of sugar, corn syrup, vanilla flavoring, and egg whites. Not exactly the healthy sandwich spread, but once in a while, it’s a perfect treat! It’s kept at room temperature for easier spreading and enjoyment.
Ingredients you need:
- Marshmallow fluff
- Peanut butter
Making your fluffernutter
- Spread peanut butter on one side of a slice of bread.
- Spread marshmallow fluff on one side of other other slice of bread.
- Combine the two slices, spreads facing toward each other, and enjoy.
What kind of peanut butter should I use?
A classic fluffernutter usually uses creamy peanut butter. Brand is your choice. However, if you want to take it up a notch, and use crunchy peanut butter, I sure won’t stop you!
How to change this sandwich up
- Add some chocolate chips to the middle
- Cut up banana slices and add to the peanut butter side
- Grill the sandwich for a melty, toasty sandwich
- Change out the peanut butter for your favorite chocolate spread
- 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 Tablespoons marshmallow creme
- 2 slices bread
- Spread the peanut butter on one side of one slice of bread
- Spread the other slice of bread on one side with the marshmallow creme.
- Place the two together, spread sides facing and enjoy!