This Popular Massachusetts Word Has Finally Been Added to the Dictionary
There are plenty of famous food items that Massachusetts can claim as their own. Boston Baked Beans, Boston Cream Pie, and of course New England Clam Chowder, but perhaps non are more famous the Lynn's own Fluff.
The classic Massachusetts marshmallow spread which was invented in the great city Lynn (also the birthplace of our own Bryan Slater) is an essential ingredient of the beloved childhood favorite, the peanut butter and fluff sandwich, otherwise known as The Fluffernutter.
Well, Fluffernutter is now legit. Like, Merriam-Webster legit, according to The Boston Globe.
Earlier this week, Merriam-Webster, the global standard for language, announced Wednesday that the word "fluffernutter" was among the batch of 455 new words added to its encyclopedia of words this year.
Fluffernutter is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow crème between two slices of white sandwich bread
According to Marshmallow Fluff's website, in 1917 a resident of Sommerville, Massachusetts, who was actually a Canadian confectioner, made a batch of Fluff in his home and with plans to sell it door to door.
In 1920, H. Allen Durkee and Fred L. Mowerwho, who both attended Swampscott High and were veterans of the United States Infantry in World War I, had purchased the recipe from the confectioner and announced a partnership in the production of Marshmallow Fluff in East Lynn.
The rest is history!
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