It’s a snack so decadent one might assume that the King of Rock and Roll concocted it. Two slices of bread, coated with equal and generous amounts of peanut butter and a delightful product called Marshmallow Fluff. To kids of generations past, it was the perfect after-school snack; to those with lenient parents, it was often a resident of the lunchbox. And, to anyone who ever had the pleasure of crossing paths with a Fluffernutter, it was a sandwich that seemed as if created through divine intervention.

The Fluffernutter might never have come to be, had it not been for a man named Archibald Query, who sold his marshmallow cream spread door-to-door to his neighbors in Massachusetts during the turn of the century. It’s appeal led to the sale of the recipe to two businessmen, H. Allen Durkee and Fred Mower, who first marketed it in 1917 under the name “Toot Sweet Marshmallow Fluff.” The name was eventually shortened to Marshmallow Fluff, and the Durkee-Mower company remains in existence today, offering not only the original, but also raspberry and strawberry versions of Fluff.

While the Fluffernutter (which is a registered trademark, by the way) is perhaps the most widely accepted way to use Marshmallow Fluff, it also works well as an ice cream topping, an ingredient for easy-to-make fudge, and its pairing with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, to make those sticky squares of love known as the Rice Krispy Treat, is legendary in its own right.

In today’s health-conscious world, there are fewer Fluffernutters finding their way into the lunchbox. Rather, they are primarily consumed by nostalgic adults looking for a bit of comfort food in this crazy world. Still, when all is said and done, Fluff’s impact on the snack world of yesteryear seems no less important than that of a humble rock and roll singer from Tupelo, Mississipi, a man who may very well have consumed a few Fluffernutters in his day.

Speaking of which, if you’ve consumed a few Fluffernutters in your day, we welcome all of your thoughts on this memorable snack in our comments section.

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  1. Gina says:

    I used to have fluffernutters as a little kid, sometimes, if I remember correctly, with the addition of jelly. I moved, grew up, forgot about them until one day in the 2000’s, I remembered them. I bought some Marshmallow Fluff and made the sandwiches, although spreading all that sticky fluff was hard–I could barely get it off the knife! I haven’t had one for awhile–maybe it’s time to go to the store again!

  2. Maggie Dailey says:

    I confess that I have consumed quite a few of these tasty sandwiches.I even brought them for lunch once or twice

  3. Hal says:

    Made my mom buy this after seeing a commercial on TV. We were tight on money and it was a luxury and when she came home with it I took one look at it and felt nauseous. I think I suffered some childhood trauma after that but I can’t recall.

  4. Retro Sweets says:

    Marshmallow Fluff isn’t just great in a sandwhich try it on toast to, my kids love it but only as a treat mind!!

  5. Flip @ 60 says:

    Did you see the B & W advertisement here? White bread, gobs of peanut butter and even more of the sugary marshmallow fluff. Can you believe we use to eat that way every day? (Bacon in the AM, fluffernutters at noon, steaks and mashed potatoes/gravy at dinner). Now a fluffernutter is a treat, like desert, but never on white bread anymore!

  6. Johnny C. says:

    Don’t remember this…thinking it is another one of those East Coast things.

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