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Peanut Butter and Fluff Sandwich

No one likes to be surprised and delighted more than kids. Today I gave the asparagus and kale a rest, and turned to some iconic pantry staples: peanut butter, and more importantly, Marshmallow Fluff. Because I couldn't help myself, I did use wheaty bread (forgive me, young'uns!), and I layered in sliced banana for a third flavor. On the side, I packed clementines. As you can see, they have divided brand allegiances. 

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Amanda Hesser

Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


Kathy September 17, 2014
any good lunch ideas for a picky eater to take to school?
Moriaelini July 9, 2014
This sounds awesome save for the fluff. YUCK! Even as a kid I was never a fan, heh.
Hgranger July 6, 2014
Fluff is my favorite food. Can't have it in the house or I eat it with a (giant) spoon. Have the kids tried Siggi's yogurt? I am obsessed with the vanilla.
Amanda H. July 6, 2014
They haven't -- I'll pick up some. Thanks for the suggestion!
mrslarkin July 4, 2014
I love fluff. It's great on ice cream. It also makes great buttercream frosting. Target has the big tubs, fyi.
Amanda H. July 6, 2014
How do you mix it into buttercream? Intrigued.
mrslarkin July 6, 2014
From The Marshmallow Fluff Cookbook. This one's for quick buttercream:

One 7 1/2 ounce jar fluff
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temp

Nuke fluff 30 seconds in microwave. Scrape into bowl and whip until smooth. Add butter in pieces and whip until smooth.

But sometimes I just add a few spoonfuls to a basic confectioner's sugar frosting.
Amanda H. July 6, 2014
Great -- thanks so much!
Emily July 4, 2014
Love This. Sometimes this stuff is the best.

sandriaw July 3, 2014
Is there a particular brand of marshmallow fluff you like or do you make your own?
Amanda H. July 3, 2014
I think the brand is Marshmallow Fluff, actually! It's the only one my grocery store carries.
ATG117 July 3, 2014
Full fat fage vs chobani??? Squarely on team fage here.
Amanda H. July 3, 2014
I haven't heard their full cases for/against -- need to get a better understanding!
ATG117 July 4, 2014
Would love to hear the rest of the case ;)
Moriaelini September 17, 2014
I was always a big fan of Greek Gods brand greek yogurt when I was still eating dairy. I still buy the plain now for making tzatziki for my family on falafel night.
Allyn July 3, 2014
My old roommate and I used to eat peanut butter and fluff sandwiches and drink champagne on our birthdays, because... fluff. What's not to love?
Amanda H. July 3, 2014