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Fluffernutter Oozes into Top State Sandwich Rank

Make one this weekend or try some creative recipes at the annual Fluff Festival in Somerville Saturday.

This weekend is the annual Fluff Festival in Somerville's Union Square where marshmallow fluff was invented in 1917. (Photo Courtesy Union Square Main Streets)
This weekend is the annual Fluff Festival in Somerville's Union Square where marshmallow fluff was invented in 1917. (Photo Courtesy Union Square Main Streets)

by Liz Taurasi

Zagat’s recent list of 50 Sandwiches, 50 States, breaks down unique regional sandwiches across the country and it comes as no surprise the Massachusetts sandwich is, you guessed it, The Fluffernutter.

And the timing couldn’t be better. This weekend is the annual Fluff Festival in Somerville, MA where the marshmallow fluff was invented in 1917, by Archibald Query right in Somerville’s Union Square.

This year’s “What the Fluff?” is expected to attract 10,000 fans of the sticky marshmallow goodness.

If you grew up in the area, there’s no doubt you’ve had, at some point in your life, a peanut butter and Fluff sandwich. If you haven’t, then you have no idea what we are talking about and are really missing out on this unique, sandwich treat!

The Somerville event includes all things Fluff including local vendors with “Fluffalicious delights,” Fluff-inspired cocktails in more.

The “What the Fluff?” Fluff Festival also includes a cook-off for local culinary novices to share their fluff-inspired recipes. Contestants can enter in four different categories: Best Original Recipe, Best Traditional Recipe, Most Creative and Best Youth Entry, as well as a Best Overall Grand Prize Winner. And that grand prize winner gets a private tour of the Durkee-Mower Marshmallow Fluff Factory!

The Annual Fluff Festival takes place in Somerville’s Union Square on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. The raindate is Sunday, Sept. 29.

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