Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fluff (#atozchallenge)


A jar of Marshmallow Fluff (source: Walmart.com)

Fluff is a brand of marshmallow cream manufactured by Durkee-Mower, Inc. and sold at fine stores everywhere. It’s made of corn syrup, sugar syrup, vanilla flavor, and egg white. Most of the marshmallow Fluff is sold in the northeastern United States (marshmallow cream was invented in Massachusetts), but it’s also sold overseas in Scandinavia, Germany, the UK, Ireland, and Belgium.

Maybe the most popular use of Fluff is in a sandwich called a fluffernutter, like a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich but with Fluff substituting for the jelly. Here’s a commercial that gives the recipe.

In 2006, Massachusetts State Senator Jarrett Barrios proposed legislation that would restrict public schools from serving fluffernutters every day in their cafeterias. One of his colleagues, Massachusetts State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein, who represents the district where Fluff is made, promised to fight to the death for Fluff, and even proposed legislation naming the fluffernutter the official state sandwich of Massachusetts. That proposal was defeated twice. I can understand the concern, but maybe the Massachusetts legislature should ascertain why the schools are serving fluffernutters every day and make the necessary adjustments. Ya think?

The fluffernutter was less of a concern back in the 1960’s, when kids had parks to go to, alleys, parking lots, and abandoned buildings to explore, and sidewalks to walk (or run) on, and when you were thrown out of the house at 9 in the morning and told not to come home until dinnertime. Obesity was hardly a concern then. Maybe we need to get back to that…?

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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