Everything you ever wanted to know about Fluff
Everything you ever wanted to know about Fluff In this Sept. 27, 2013, file photo, containers are filled with Marshmallow Fluff and move along an assembly line during production in Lynn, Mass. The marshmallow concoction that's been smeared on a century's worth of sandwiches has inspired a festival and other sticky remembrances as it turns 100 in 2017. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
Everything you ever wanted to know about Fluff
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Fluff turns 100 this year. The marshmallow creation that has been smeared on a century's worth of schoolchildren's sandwiches has inspired a festival and other sticky remembrances.
 
Every year, between 5 million and 7 million pounds of the sticky cream invented in suburban Boston in 1917 is produced and sold worldwide. Half the supply is bought up by New Englanders and people in upstate New York.
 
It came of age in the 1960s. That is when generations of schoolchildren started clamoring for "Fluffernutter" sandwiches. They still are made by slathering peanut butter and Fluff between two slices of white bread.
 
Over the past decade, fans of Fluff have been staging an annual "What the Fluff?" festival. It takes place in Somerville, Massachusetts. That's where the American lunchbox icon was born.
 
Here is a fluffy look at its history:
 
In 1917, Montreal-born confectioner Archibald Query crafted the original recipe.
 
Query is said to have whipped up the first batches in his own kitchen in Somerville. Then he would sell it door to door. Following World War I, there was a sugar shortage in the U.S. So Query sold the recipe for $500 to two war veterans, H. Allen Durkee and Fred L. Mower.
 
The recipe has stayed with Durkee Mower Inc. ever since. It's the only product the family-owned company makes.
 
In 1920, Durkee and Mower began producing and selling Fluff, which they first named Toot Sweet Marshmallow Fluff. The company moved to a factory in East Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1929.
 
The original recipe hasn't changed: corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites and vanillin. And the jar's packaging is only slightly different. That is according to Mimi Graney, author of a forthcoming book, "Fluff: The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Icon."
 
Fluff lovers "associate it with their own childhood and image of home," Graney says. There are competing products sold by Kraft, Solo Foods and others.
 
The 12th annual "What the Fluff?" Festival will be staged in September. It was started as a way to revive Somerville's now-trendy Union Square neighborhood. The festival draws about 10,000 people. They gather for activities including cooking and eating contests, Fluff jousting, Fluff blowing, a game called Blind Man Fluff and concerts.
 
Somerville residents tend to have a soft spot for Fluff.
 
"It totally takes me back to my childhood," said Amy Hensen, a 43-year-old Somervillian.
 
Mayor Joseph Curtatone likens the product to his community's eclectic vibe.
 
"It's original, creative, and a little bit funky but that's why we love it," he said.
 
U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams spent 322 days in space on two missions to the International Space Station. She made Fluffernutter sandwiches on board.  Williams attended high school in Needham, Massachusetts, so Fluff was a comfort food.

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Why is Fluff connected to childhood?
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COMMENTS (167)
  • madisonf-ver
    2/10/2017 - 03:23 p.m.

    I think it's neat that there's a festival celebrating something that gives people comfort and that it's been around for so long so everyone is aware of its presence. Another thing I think that's cool about this story is that people love the fluff because it's: Original, Creative, Funky and more I'm glad it's something to start up a conversation.

  • bolivia-dav
    2/10/2017 - 05:48 p.m.

    In response to "Everything you ever wanted to know about Fluff," I agree that this fluff has been involved in school children's lives for 100 years. One reason I agree is that every year five to 7 million pounds of fluff are produced every year. Also it states in the article that fluff lovers associate it with their own childhood and image of home. It says in the article that generations of schoolchildren ate "Fluffernutter" sandwiches. They still are made by slathering peanut butter and Fluff between two slices of white bread. A third reason is the original recipe has not changed, only the packaging. This recipe still includes corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites and vanillin. Even though this recipe is 100 years old, I think schoolchildren still enjoy this fluff.

  • gregoirec-jon
    2/12/2017 - 01:17 p.m.

    I think it look's good but not in a sandwich.

  • jacquelynt-
    2/13/2017 - 08:40 a.m.

    Happy birthday Fluff.
    I never had the sandwich but it sounds kinda good

  • jakel1-pol
    2/13/2017 - 09:44 a.m.

    Fluff is connected to childhood because it has been around for a long time and a lot of people loved it when they were kids.

  • namirb1-pol
    2/13/2017 - 09:45 a.m.

    Fluff is connected to childhood because in the 80's the grown ups now when they were little they used to eat Fluff and when they go but Fluff at a store or food market when they eat it,it's gonna seem like there little again in the 80's.

  • jemimahp-bur
    2/13/2017 - 09:59 a.m.

    Fluff is connected to childhood because of the Fluffnuter that was eaten a lot by kids in the 80's. Mostly people who say this are 40 years old. I like Fluff and I like to use it when I bake brownies. :)

  • deriahm-bur
    2/13/2017 - 10:13 a.m.

    The Fluff is connected to childhood because is was eaten mainly and the 1960's because World War I. also in paragraph 3 that when generations of schoolchildren started clamoring for "Fluffernutter" sandwiches. They still are made by slathering peanut butter and Fluff between two slices of white bread. A personal connection that I have with marshmallow fluff is, although I've never tasted it I have tried melted marshmallows with chocolate and gram crackers so I'm wondering how I they taste the same. the ''Fluff'' reminds me of eating s'mores

  • schelsya-bur
    2/13/2017 - 10:20 a.m.

    its really cool that marshmello fluff has been around since 1960s

  • kyleec-bur
    2/13/2017 - 11:00 a.m.

    Fluff is connected to childhood because a lot of adults ate fluff when they was little. Adults probably had it when they were little and they are probably giving it to their kids. Honestly I never had fluff when I was little and I never tried it. I wish to try someday in my life.

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