October 8th is National Fluffernutter Day!
Here are today’s five thing to know about Fluffernutter:
- A Fluffernutter is a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow creme, usually served on white bread.
- Variations of the sandwich include the substitution of wheat bread and the addition of various sweet, salty and savory ingredients.
- The term fluffernutter can also be used to describe other food items, primarily desserts, that incorporate peanut butter and marshmallow creme.
- The sandwich was first created in the early 20th century after marshmallow creme, a sweet marshmallow-like spread, was invented in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Archibald Query of Somerville, Massachusetts, invented a product he called Marshmallow Creme in 1917, and Emma and Amory Curtis of Melrose, Massachusetts, invented Snowflake Marshmallow Creme in 1913.
- During World War I, Emma Curtis published a recipe for a peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwich, which is the earliest known example of a Fluffernutter.
Today’s Food History
- 1871 The Great Chicago Fire broke out and destroyed over 17,000 buildings and left almost 100,000 people homeless. It was usually blamed on Mrs. Kate O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lamp. However in 1997 the Chicago City Council looked into the evidence, both new and old, and passed a resolution exonerating Mrs. O’Leary and her cow. Many still believe the cow was guilty.
- 1919 Congress passed the Volstead Act, which enforced the ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition begins.
- 1952 ‘The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette’ was published.
- 1979 ‘Sugar Babies’ opened on Broadway