Fluffernutter

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If you don't know what the deal is with the Fluffernutter it's a dead giveaway that you a) don't live in Massachusetts or b) that you, quite possibly, have a life.   



The short story:  A local politician was outraged that 3rd graders were getting served Fluffernutters as a school lunch so he proposed that, just maybe, schools should instead be serving foodstuffs that occur in nature or at the very least pretend to be nutritious.  I personally think that this is a rational position (you can still eat the stuff at home) but the locals went crazy.  "Save the Fluff!" read the banners, "Keep the Fluffernutter legal!"  Newspaper columnists wrote 1000 word essays on the topic. 



I became interested - how could a simple "sandwich" inspire so much passion from a people as jaded and cynical as the people of the Commonwealth?  It's the kind of thing you have to experience for yourself, so I did.



NOTE:  I've thoughtfully provided a video in case you feel you must learn how to make a Fluffernutter.  Watch at your own risk - I will not be held responsible if you can't get the irritating jingle out of your head:





I made one (with Teddie Peanut Butter, even)  The sandwich, while not technically "food", was delicious.  It brought back memories of a childhood spent sneaking into Fenway Park and drinking hot chocolate in front of the fire after shoveling February snow.  Which makes the sandwich even more impressive because I grew up in the Caribbean and didn't see snow until I was in graduate school.  That's some powerful Fluff.



The stuff is good, but I'll do my best not to become addicted.  I don't trust the Fluff.  Do you know why?  The key ingredient in a Fluffernutter, a substance called Marshmallow Fluff, is an unapologetically artificial and retro food product.  (Hello 1920!)  The label looks like it hasn't changed in, oh, 86 years or so, and it comes in a glass jar (like mayonnaise used to!).  The most alarming part is the ingredient list:



Corn Syrup
Sugar
Dried Egg White
Vanillin



Ugh.  I can't believe I ate this stuff.  And liked it.



I'll probably need to eat organic vegetables for a year to make up for the damage.  I don't think this is what the health nuts mean when they say "Eat Locally".