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Use a jar of sticky, fluffy marshmallow fluff and transform it into a decadent dessert everyone is going to love! These marshmallow fluff recipes will take a jar of marshmallow creme to a whole new level!
As many kids in the New England area, growing up on fluffernutter sandwiches, aka peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, was the always the best lunch ever. Sticky, sweet vanilla marshmallow spread with salty, smooth peanut butter between two slices of bread was a lunch that couldn’t be beat.
But as I got older and into baking I started to see that jar of marshmallow fluff as sheer potential in my desserts. You can take a jar of marshmallow creme and really transform it into so many delicious desserts!
What is marshmallow fluff?
If you’re unfamiliar with marshmallow fluff, or marshmallow creme, it is a sticky, vanilla-flavored marshmallow spread.
You make marshmallow fluff by boiling a sugar syrup on the stovetop that gets poured into whipped egg whites creating a fluffy, sticky cloud like marshmallow spread.
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Who invented marshmallow fluff?
Marshmallow fluff hails from Somerville, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Marshmallow fluff, or marshmallow creme, was created in 1917 by Archibald Query, a French Canadian confectioner, and sold door to door.
I actually lived in Somerville for a little while, so yes I feel I have a strong connection to the sticky stuff. Somerville now even holds a Marshmallow fluff festival. So clearly, I’m not alone in my devotion to the sweet spread.
Is fluff just melted marshmallows?
Marshmallow fluff and marshmallows are similar, but they are not the same thing. Homemade marshmallows contain gelatin unlike marshmallow fluff so they can hold their shape when cut into squares. And homemade marshmallow creme also contains egg whites unlike marshmallows.
When making marshmallows the process is similar in that a sugar, water, corn syrup mixture is heated on the stove. Once heated the gelatin is added, along with salt and flavoring, and then mixed on high until a marshmallow mixture is formed. The marshmallow mixture is then spread into a pan and cut into squares once firm.
Unlike marshmallows, when making marshmallow fluff the sugar syrup is added to whipped egg whites to create the fluff-like mixture.
What can I use if I don’t have marshmallow fluff?
If you don’t have marshmallow fluff on hand, you can use marshmallows instead. According to Leaf, you can melt marshmallows together with corn syrup to make a cheat version of fluff if you’re in a pinch. The corn syrup will make it sweeter than normal.
- In a double boiler (or a mixing bowl set over a saucepan with simmering water), heat together 2 cups of marshmallows (or 16 ounces) and ¼ cup corn syrup.
- Stir together until melted and combined. Use as you would regular fluff. Keep a close eye so the mixture doesn’t burn.