Thursday, May 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Marshmallow Fluff!

On May 14, 1920, a small article appeared in the Lynn, Massachusetts, Daily Evening Item announcing that two young men, H. Allen Durkee and Fred L. Mower, both graduates of Swampscott High and veterans of the United States Infantry in World War I, had formed a partnership in the manufacture of Marshmallow Fluff. The origin of Marshmallow Fluff actually go back to 1917. Before WWI, a Sommerville MA man named Archibald Query had been making it in his kitchen and selling it door to door, but wartime shortages had forced him to close down. By the time the war was over, Mr Query had other work and was uninterested in restarting his business, but he was willing to sell the formula. So although no one knows exactly when fluff was "born", it's birthday is celebrated on the date of that first article. Let's face it...fluff has become an intregal part of any childhood! To celebrate, I'm posting a recipe that's a tad more "grown up", but still yummy all the same:

Fruit Dip

7 ounces jet puffed marshmallow fluff
8 ounces cream cheese (plain or any berry)
2 tablespoons orange juice

Heat up cream cheese in the microwave for about 30 seconds or make sure it's room temperature.
Add cream cheese to orange juice and marshmallow creme till smooth.
Serve with fresh fruit of your choice.

Frugal, sweet and perfect for the upcoming summer months.

Happy Birthday Fluff!!