When you hear Banana Sandwich, what do you think? If you are like most Elvis fans, you think of the King’s famous Peanut Butter and Banana creations. Sometimes toasted, sometimes made with bacon – it was his signature dish.
When you hear Flutternutter, what do you think? If you are like me, you scratch your head. Today is National Flutternutter Day. It sounds like a made-up word for a made-up holiday, right? It turns out, Flutternutters are a thing. And a very old thing at that.
In 1913, Emma Curtis and her brother, Amory Curtis of Melrose, Massachusetts began marketing a sticky spread they called Snowflake Marshmallow Crème. The Curtis siblings didn’t invent the stuff, but they found a way to sell it and thereby capitalize on the sweet, gooey substance. Emma created the recipes and Amory peddled the products. Before long, the Curtises were selling Snowflake Marshmallow Crème all over the country. One of their most popular creations was a sandwich made with Marshmallow Crème and Peanut Butter. The recipe was published during the First World War under the name Liberty Sandwich. The Curtises knew a thing or two about liberty. Emma and Amory were Paul Revere’s great-great-great-grandchildren. Four years later, the Curtises introduced a marshmallow fluff, called SMAC Marshmallow, and printed the recipe for the peanut butter fluff sandwich on the label.
In 1917 another man from Massachusetts named Archibald Query came up with his own marshmallow-like cream spread. He names his simply Marshmallow Crème. Query sold his recipe for Marshmallow Crème to Durkee-Mower, Inc. in 1920, who renamed it Marshmallow Fluff. Durkee-Mower went on the coin the name Flutternutter for the sandwich made popular by Emma Curtis.
If a Flutternutter isn’t sweet enough, try an Elvis Twist on a sandwich idea that is as old as the hills. I have all the confidence in the world that Elvis would approve. Happy Flutternutter Day!
P B and B Fluff Sandwich
2 large Bananas
8 slices White Bread
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Marshmallow Cream
Peel and slice bananas, set aside.
Lay bread out on a cutting board. Spread peanut butter on 4 slices of bread. Top peanut butter with sliced bananas. Spread Marshmallow Cream on remaining 4 slices of bread. Place marshmallow bread, fluff side down, over the banana slices.
Slice bread in half. Serve and enjoy.