The History of the Fluffernutter

A Fluffernutter is a sandwich made with two slices of white bread, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff.  Bananas would sometimes be added to the mix.

To truly understand how a Fluffernutter came to be you need to know a little bit about marshmallows and its resulting fluff.

Candy made from the juice of the marsh mallow roots dates back to the Ancient Egyptians when it was mixed with honey and given to the pharaohs.

In the 19th century French pharmacists extracted the juice and cooked it with egg whites and sugar then whipped and let it set to form a hard lozenge to treat’s children’s sore throats.
Eventually gelatin replaced the mallow juice and marshmallows started to be mass produced as a popular confection.  But of course it didn’t stop there.  People began melting them down and adding simple sugar syrup and creating a cream spread for desserts.  In 1910 the Limpert Brothers created Marshmallow Fluff and 3 years later Whitmans had a product called Marshmallow whip.  But it was the Curtis Marshmallow Factory where Emma Curtis and her brother Amory created the first shelf stable product called Snowflake Marshmallow Cream.  On the labels it was suggested that this spread be used in sandwiches with peanut butter therefore creating the first unofficial Fluffernutter Sandwich.

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