February 8, 2017

PURITAN COMMUNION:

Region Celebrates Fluff's 100th Birthday (Tracee M. Herbaugh, 2/07/17, Associated Press)

Every year, between 5 million and 7 million pounds of the gooey white cream invented in suburban Boston in 1917 is produced and sold worldwide, although half the supply is bought up by New Englanders and people in upstate New York.

It came of age in the 1960s, when generations of schoolchildren started clamoring for "Fluffernutter" sandwiches -- still made by slathering peanut butter and Fluff between two slices of white bread. [...]

In 1917, Montreal-born confectioner Archibald Query crafted the original recipe in his Somerville home.

Query is said to have whipped up the first batches in his own kitchen before selling 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, Mass., in 1929.

The original recipe hasn't changed: corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites and vanillin.

Posted by at February 8, 2017 6:33 AM

  

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