If you're on the lookout for a sandwich full of vitamins and minerals, move along — nothing to see here.
On the other hand, if you're looking for a sandwich laden with calories and sugar and memories of childhood, step right up and meet the Fluffernutter. Tuesday, Oct. 8, is National Fluffernutter Day.
The Fluffernutter is a sandwich is made by spreading creamy peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff between two slices of white bread. It's a hugely popular sandwich in New England with origins going back more than a century.
By most accounts, the Fluffernutter was invented by Emma Curtis, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Paul Revere. Around 1901, she and her brother, Amory, invented Snowflake Marshmallow Creme, the precursor to Marshmallow Fluff. During World War I, when Americans were urged to give up meat once a week, Emma created the "Liberty Sandwich," which used peanut butter and marshmallow creme. They marketed it as a way to get nutrients (ahem) and support the war effort.
But the sandwich wouldn't become the Fluffernutter until the manufacturers of Marshmallow Fluff, Durkee and Mower, began promoting the sandwich on a weekly radio show called "Flufferettes." By the '60s, they even hired a public relations firm to come up with a jingle.
It was smooth sailing until 2006, when Massachusetts state Sen. Jarrett Barrios, concerned that his son was being served Fluffernutters for lunch at his elementary school, offered an amendment to a junk food bill being debated in the Legislature. He told the Boston Globe, "A Fluff sandwich as the main course of a nutritious lunch just doesn't fly in 2006," Barrios said. "It seems a little silly to have an amendment on Fluff, but it's called for by the silliness of schools offering this as a healthy alternative in the first place."
Even though Barrios was only suggesting the schools restrict serving Fluffernutters no more than once a week, sandwich fans were up in arms. Barrios' political opponents turned around and proposed they make the Fluffernutter the official state sandwich of Massachusetts. When all was said and done, Barrios withdrew his amendment and the sandwich didn't receive "official" status.
The sandwich remains a staple for some and an occasional sweet, fluffy treat for others.
Other holidays this week
- Monday, Oct. 7: Inner Beauty Day
- Tuesday, Oct. 8: Pierogi Day
- Wednesday, Oct. 9: Stop Bullying Day
- Thursday, Oct. 10: Angel Food Cake Day
- Friday, Oct. 11: Coming Out Day
- Saturday, Oct. 12: Chess Day
- Sunday, Oct. 13: Clergy Appreciation Day