October 8, 2012

National Fluffernutter Day

"Jelly beans, fluffernutter, gummy bears, ginger snaps - this is a grocery list." - Marshall, "How I Met Your Mother"

It's National Fluffernutter Day!

Sponsored bySuzanne's Specialities

Peanut butter and jelly might be a staple lunch item for most kids throughout Amur-KAH, but in New England we like to take the sticky, salty, sweet sandwich one step further: peanut butter and fluff.

According to the Fluff website, the first version of fluff as we know it now was created at the beginning of the twentieth century by Archibald Query of Somerville, Massachusetts who went door-to-door to sell it. He sold his invention/recipe to two candy makers - the fellas behind Durkee-Mower, Inc. - in Lynn, Mass. for just $500 who renamed the creme "Marshmallow Fluff" (though that was a couple decades and a brand makeover later). Proud Somerville (where Archy was from) celebrates an annual "What the Fluff?" festival every year.

In 2006, Senator Jarrett Barrios attempted to limit how often Massachusetts school's served it, because he thought the sandwich was contributing to the state's obesity problem. His efforts were futile though: an overwhelming show of public support actually got it considered as the official state sandwich of Massachusetts instead!

What is marshmallow fluff though? It's a condiment made from just four ingredients: corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites and vanilla. That sounds kind of unappetizing in my opinion (I also had a traumatizing experience with fluffernutters when I was younger: the family I always babysat for asked me to help them at their daughter's birthday bash. Part of my responsibilities included mass producing p.b. and fluff's for all the kids while we hiked through the woods. It was hot, the fluffernutters were sticky and oozed everywhere, there were pine needles and bugs... the whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth).

Fearful of how I was going to celebrate today in a vegan manner, I was beyond relieved when Suzanne's Specialities came to my rescue with their Ricemellow Creme.

According to their website, "Ricemellow creme is the first all-natural vegan marshmallow creme. Made from natural flavors, soy protein, natural vegetable gums, and sweetened with Suzanne's Specialties own brown rice syrup. Use it to make desserts like rice crispy treats, smores, or a healthy Ricemellow-Nutter sandwich. Ricemellow Creme contains no refined sugars, no preservatives, and no artificial colors or flavors. It is also fat-free, cholesterol free, gluten free, and contains no GMOs."

Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate today as compassionately (and deliciously!) as possible. I was little put-off when I first opened the container: the creme seemed to be light yellow. My first instinct was that it had gone bad, but then I remembered that it's sweetened with brown rice syrup... thus the color. I'd rather have something be naturally colored than mysteriously and perfectly white (like actual Fluff is). With Ezekial 4:9 bread and some crunchy peanut butter, the Ricemellow Creme was really, very tasty without being overly sweet. Sticky, but delicious.

Isn't that how a fluffernutter should be?

Happy National Fluffernutter Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.