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“What the Fluff? Festival revels local creation

September 27, 2014

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — Fluff aficionados haven’t given up on their campaign to designate Fluffernutter the official state sandwich.

A nonprofit group that organizes the annual “What the Fluff?” festival in Somerville says volunteers will be asking attendees at Saturday’s event to sign postcard petitions to state lawmakers, who are in recess until January.

The 9th annual festival runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. It celebrates Marshmallow Fluff, which was invented in 1917 in Somerville’s Union Square neighborhood and is still made in Massachusetts using the same basic ingredients: corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites and artificial vanilla flavoring.

Proposals have been introduced into the legislature for the last nine years to make the Fluffernutter — a sandwich made of peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff — the official state “sandwich or sandwich emblem.”

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