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I was first introduced to Fluff by my partner's sister, she's considerably younger than us, and whenever we go to their house she always has some of this in her study. I asked her what it was like and she said, to quote 'amazing'. Being heavily pregnant, and in the Selfridges food hall I saw the 'Fluff' aisle and purchased a 'small' jar of the white Fluff which was £5 for a 7.5oz jar (which is approximately 212g).
These come in a glass jar with a screw top lid, with the white and blue lettering. The jars also have a recipe on the label for 'Never Fail Fudge' and the 'Fluffernutter' which is a peanut butter and Fluff sandwich. This product also comes in Strawberry flavour. This is originally from America and the only place i've seen it for sale is in Selfridges or online.
When I asked my sis in law to be how she ate it she said straight from the jar with a spoon! This was my first taste of the product, armed with a teaspoon I let rip and was quite disappointed with what I discovered. The texture of the 'Fluff' was very very sticky. It tasted like melted marshmallows, but very sweet and sickly marshmallows (like when you've eaten half a bag and can't move!). 3 spoons in I had to give up, I felt so sick and had a coat of sugar on my teeth. Yak.
Rather than throwing it in the bin I kept it in the cupboard to see if I could use it with other things.
On toast - quite nice if a thin layer and with some chocolate spread,
With ice cream - again nice but a small amount,
In cupcakes - just no, makes the mixture too thick and doesn't mix properly.
In hot chocolate - this is what we mainly used the Fluff for. A couple of teaspoons added when the hot chocolate is finished makes a delightful evening treat!
After resigning to use this in the occasional hot chocolate I don't think I would buy this again. It's just too sweet for me, and seems to be popular with a younger market. It's a nice gift for a teenager as a stocking filler, or additional birthday gift. Or an adult with an extreme sweet tooth!
Fluff is gluten free and Kosher,
It is made from Sugar Syrup, Corn Syrup, Dried Egg Whites and Vanilin,
There are 20 calories in 1 tablespoon.
I hadn't heard of this product until I inherited a jar of this from my new other-half when he was moving house as I have a very sweet tooth and he thought I would be more likely to eat it (correct!).
The product is a large plastic jar with a screw lid (similar to a large version of a peanut butter jar). What you get inside the jar is a melted, very thick marshmallow scented and flavoured gloopy spread. If you turn the jar upside down, the product does not move and if you take a spoonful out, it will leave a hole initially in the rest of the product, then the contents will settle back down.
I like to just sit with the jar and a teaspoon (and my sofa and a DVD...) and have a few spoonfuls of this straight out of the jar (bad bad bad!) but I gather it is supposed to be used like peanut butter or Nutella- you can use it as in ingredient (there is a recipe on the jar I have for Strawberry Marshmallow cheesecake), or you can spread it onto something plain- such as a biscuit or toast.
The taste is just like melted marshmallows- when they melt and go thick and sticky- the manufacturers have basically created a melted marshmallow product that can be spooned or spread. The label states this is "Artificial Strawberry Flavour Marshmallow FLUFF". It is very artificial - there is nothing that tastes or looks matural about this so if you like your healthy food, then avoid!
The product is made by a company called Durkee-Mower inc and the label of the jar I have says in small lettering "The Delicious American Marshmallow Spread"- so I gather this is an old American cult classic food from the 80s?
This product is sold in the American Candy boutiques and in Selfridges in the food court for around £5 a jar. This is really expensive, but it fits into the niche/ cult products range. I had never heard of this before I was given this jar- unlike some of the other things the American Candy stores sell such as NERDS or POP Tarts. But, apparently this is a cut classic and lots of people will remember it fondly and will therefore pay £5 a jar for it. You can also get it online for around £2.50 plus P&P on top.
After eating a large amount of this, I eventually bit the bullet and read the ingredients and nutritional information.
Ingredients: corn syrup, sugar and dried egg whites. Colour: beetroot red and it also says 'flavouring' but does not elaborate.
Per 12g (Desertspoon) Serving: 40 Calories, NIL Fat, 10.0g carbohydrates (6.0g sugar)
Per 213g jar: Approx 700 calories, 180g Carbohydrates, nil fat.
This is really not as bad as I was expecting as two teaspoons does really sort out a sweet craving- and if you use it to spread on toast, then 40 calories and 6g of sugar per serving isn't that bad.
**Would I Recommend it?**
Not for £5 a jar- unless you know of the product and it is a special treat buy. It is definitely something different- I would recommend if you are bored of peanut butter, Nutella and other spreads intended for toast and love marshmallows. Or it would make an unusual present for someone who you know likes marshmallows in hot chocolate etc., But I would say, look on eBay and Amazon etc first
I have really enjoyed this product (yes, sadly (!) I have eaten about 3/4 of the jar in about 5-6 sittings.. shame on me!). Avoid if you are on a diet (especially the Atkins) or if you have no willpower and will sit with the jar, a DVD and a spoon on the sofa as this is the ultimate comfort food- but if you have self control, and like something sweet- then go for it!
Marshmallow Fluff is the number 1 American Marshmallow spread. Fluffy, white and smooth, this marshmallow crème has been around for 75 years. Use it as a sandwich spread or as a cooking ingredient in your desserts, sauces, side dishes and more. Its suitable for vegetarians too!
I love american food items and I first came across this when waitrose started selling it yes WAITROSE can you believe it!? Anyway my husband works there and sometimes gets a few things from there after he finishes he's shift and bought this for me. I have had it on toast and its really nice on it but the best thing to have this delightful spread is on top of hot chocolate yum trust me you can't go wrong, when I have sips of my hot chocolate I get the nice smooth taste of marshmalllow with it and it is the best thing. The only downside is it doesn't last long because there is so much you can really get out of it but that doesn't stop me from buying it, next time I am certainly buy two of these! & the fact that its awfully sticky so you have to be careful when you spread it and not get too excited.
Overall I love it, I will continue you to buy it but wish I could get it in Tesco as that's my local supermarket.
This has been on sale in my local American sweetshop for absolutely ages and I've always been intrigued by it. They recently started selling this in Sainsbury's and I've heard good things about it so I gave it a go. You can get it in lots of different flavours such as raspberry, strawberry and the original vanilla(ish) sort. Since they only sell the original in Sainsbury's, that is the flavour I shall review.
I bought this for around £1.50 a couple of months ago. I don't know if it was some sort of introductory offer, but this seems a good price considering you get a rather large tub of the stuff.
The tub has a red plastic lid, and underneath has a film of paper, like a coffee jar, for you to open as well. If you get home and find this is missing, take that mother back to the shop! Underneath the paper is a foamy, fluffy white cloud which smells a lot like meringue before it's been cooked. The marshmallow fluff texture is the same as when marshmallows have been toasted on a fire - it's like the bit inside. I thought the texture was a little strange at first, but now I'm used to it I absolutely love it!
I usually have mine on a toast or a bagel, but I normally put them back under the grill for a minute or so to melt/caramelise it a bit! The tub also recommends putting it on scones, but I've never tried this and I'm not 100% sure it would work. They also suggest using it as an ice cream topping - mix a couple of tablespoons with a little water and microwave for 15 seconds. This creates a really good fluffy sauce which melts over the ice cream really well! The final recipe is using it as a dip for fruit - you basically just empty the entire jar into a bowl. I haven't tried that one either, but I'm sure it would be quite nice. I was thinking about this before I write this review and the fluff may also work really well in a cake - like a lighter substitution for buttercream between two layers of sponge cake, and you can add other flavours into it as well. I haven't actually tested my claim, but there's no reason why it wouldn't work!
Another bonus of the marshmallow fluff is that it's a low fat spread. Like other 'low fat' foods you should be cautious of how much sugar it actually contains - and considering this was a product born in the US of A, it's probably a bit more than you were expecting.
Overall, this is a really good spread if you fancy something a bit different to butter and jam, and it works a treat if you fancy something a bit sweet.
~ Marshmallow Fluff ~
For years I have read numerous things about Marshmallow Fluff and people have raved about how lovely it is and I have to admit I have been desperate to try it and when I saw online that Asda stocked it I checked online at my local store and it wasn't coming up as in stock so when I went into store I asked at the customer service desk and they said that it wasn't a product they stocked.
Online I had seen it available from Amazon and american sweet shops but the prices were a bit on the high side, so imagine my delight when I found it in Aldi's today priced at a mere £1.49 a jar! Even though I had never tried it I bought two jars, with the reasoning if I didn't like it there's another five people in the house who might!
To be honest until I saw it today in Aldi I hadn't really bothered looking for it in a while but I am glad I found it!
The jar is very American looking with it's red, white and blue colouring. The jar is actually made from plastic and at the top Fluff has been imprinted into it. There is a large screw top lid in a bright red colour and under that I found a thick protective seal that was quite tough to get off! Once it was off though I stuck my finger in it and licked it off, and I loved it! It tastes just like the inside of those snowball 'cakes' (the little half round chocolate things covered in coconut and filled with yummy white filling).
There are numerous recipes available online which include the use of Marshmallow Fluff but so far apart from eating it off my finger I have served it on toast, and my 8yr old had a Fluffernutter sandwich! This is basically Marshmallow Fluff and peanut butter in a sandwich, he loved it!
Oh, we also had it with breadsticks! My 5yr olds idea ... Yummy!
This stuff is delicious, it's white, smells sickly sweet and is very sticky.
I had imagined it to be like melted marshmallows which coincedently I don't like however it isn't.
I am going to give some recipes a try as they do sound quite yummy.
The recipes I found are available here ~
It can be used for frosting on cakes, to make sweets aswell as an ice cream sauce. To make the ice cream sauce you mix 4 heaped table spoons of Fluff with 3 table spoons of water and microwave on high for 15 seconds.
It's also nice in hot chocolate as I have just found out!
It's a very soft spreadable fluffy cream like substance that spreads very well.
The ingredients are simply listed as -
Dried Egg White
Per 12g ( 2 tbsp) serving it has 40 calories and 0.0g fat which I can only see as a good thing when I fancy something sweet whilst on my diet!
So today I found it in Aldi priced at £1.49 and looking online I can see that Amazon have it on offer - 4 jars for £7.96 with the usual RRP being £11.80.
House of Fraser £1.99. And also by checking my supermarket I can see that it is priced at around £2 in Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco, Ocado and Waitrose.
So it is more commonly available now as to what it once was!
Thanks for reading :o) x
This stuff is fluff. Marshmallow Fluff to be precise and it is brilliant. Like travelling back in time to my childhood, it brings back memories of long summers, rope swings and forty-forty. And now it's back in our shops! An obviously American creation, this sweet treat is a fluffy white spread which can be used in many ways of which I will go into detail later in the review. The jar is plastic with a bright red lid and a blue and white label, eye catching and patriotic. I found it in Sainsburys with the jams and spreads and it was £1.99 for 213g.
I couldn't wait to introduce this nectar of the gods to my boys, however, they were bemused by it until they tried it, spread generously onto hot toast. Their enthusiasm was gratifying because I remembered how much I had loved it, mind you we only got to eat it as a special treat as my mum was convinced all the teeth in our heads would fall out overnight if she allowed us to consume too much! It's thanks to her that I have really good teeth as an adult, as I unfortunately inherited my dads sweet tooth.
The list of ingredients is surprisingly short, just corn syrup, sugar, dried egg white and vanilla. This makes it fat-free, but before you throw caution to the wind and indulge in an orgy of gluttony with the white stuff you should note that the top two ingredients are two types of sugar so it is not calorie-free but hey, one out of two isn't bad!
The fluff itself is a bit magical. The appearance in the jar is smooth and almost liquid but when you stick a spoon in it is actually thick and whipped, like a delicious cloud. I like to eat it straight from the jar when my sugar levels drop and I need a boost but it is equally wonderful on toast as I've mentioned. It can be stirred into hot chocolate or mixed with cream cheese to make a decadent dip for pieces of fresh fruit and little fingers of brioche, an excellent ice-breaker at a party. If you feel adventurous you could even mix some with a little warm water and pop it into the microwave for 15 seconds, then pour over ice-cream. The addition of the water stops it from going claggy on contact with the cold ice cream. I have found that if you spread it thickly onto fresh bread it tastes just like those iced finger buns I had as a kid at my Grandmas house.
But perhaps the best use of all for Marshmallow Fluff is to make a Fluffernutter sandwich. With a sartorial nod to our American cousins this delightful combination of peanut butter and fluff is beyond compare, and stick it into your sandwich toaster if you dare!
What is Fluff?
I was first introduced to his lovely stuff a couple of years ago by my ex-boyfriend (who is seriously addicted to it!) and was an instant convert. It is basically a big tub of marshmallow spread - sounds a little strange? It is actually very delicious! It is really popular in America, but can be found in certain shops over here, or bought online. It is available in a variety of flavours such as, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Raspberry - I've tried them all, and they are all equally tasty.
It tastes exactly like marshmallows! I suppose if you melted lots of marshmallows together, you might get something like this. It is also very light and airy, and extremely easy to spread. The texture is very creamy, and it's easy to get addicted to this stuff! I love all the flavours, and they are quite distinct. I would say that Raspberry might be my favourite - there is certainly nothing bland about it! It does pack a punch, without being overly sweet, and it's different enough from the normal marshmallow flavours that I've tried before.
What can it be used for?
I am very naughty, and I usually eat this straight from the tub (with a spoon of course!). Fluff can also be used in a variety of other, more creative ways - and if you have a little look on the American website, you can find some fun recipes. You can find them all here - http://www.marshmallowfluff.com/pages/recipe_favorites.html.
There are some really interesting ideas, such as adding some Fluff to a milkshake, or perhaps using it as an unusual cake topping. I haven't tried any of them out, so I can't vouch for them, but I can imagine trying them in the future, and I think this stuff could be quite versatile.
I absolutely love the packaging for Fluff. It comes in a big plastic tub which is clear, so you can see the product inside. I think this is really effective, as the colours for Strawberry and Raspberry are very vivid and eye-catching. I also love the vintage style logo, and illustrations on the front, which definitely give this product some extra charm, it definitely would interest me if I saw it on a shelf.
Cost and availability.
Marshmallow Fluff isn't always available cheaply, but if you are willing to shop around you can find some bargains. After having a browse through Amazon, the prices often vary, but I'll try to give you some idea. A small 213g tub, is available for around £2.14 with free delivery. A large 454g tub will cost you around £3.00 plus £1.65 for delivery. I also spied a variety pack, which includes all of the flavours for £6.65 plus free delivery, which I think is a pretty fantastic bargain! I know that Fluff is also available from Selfridges, but I would expect to pay a little more if shopping there. I think your best bet would be to purchase this stuff online to get the cheapest price.
The Fluff contains no artificial preservatives, and is gluten free.
Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Dried Egg White, Vanillin.
To sum up, I think this is one of those things, that you just have to try! If you love marshmallows, then I'll bet that you'll love this too. I think I must try to be a little more adventurous with it, and try spreading it onto a scone or a muffin!
I cannot remember exactly where I first came across this, but first taste and I was hooked. I am currently writing this review with a 454g tub laid at the side of me, and I can ensure that, although it was only bought for me a few days ago for my birthday, it will not last longer than a week.
I believe that the stuff was first created in America, which is not hard to believe, as all the best food for sugar lovers is over there (Darn country). To put it simply, the stuff inside is exactly what is says on the jar. If marshmallows could be put in a blender and made into a semi-paste, this is what it would be like. A spoonful of heaven. The tub itself, or at least the one I have is plastic, I do know you can get them in glass however, and the lid in a pull off, red one. The label is simple, but clearly displays what you, Marshmallow fluff, of course. Displayed in the top left hand corner is a yellow star displaying that the fluff has "No fat or cholesterol", can this tub get any better? and, true to it's word it is. The fluff doesn't have any fat, and the calorie content is surprisingly low (40 calories for 2 teaspoons).
On the back is a recipe of what you could do with the marshmallow fluff, but I am the first to admit that I just eat is straight out of the jar.
This, is just one of them foods, that is horribly addictive. Left alone with this tub can be seriously dangerous, for me anyway. It is absolutely full of sugar and positively gorgeous. I am not a massive lover of marshmallows alone, but I would give my left arm for a tub of this stuff. If nothing else, it is one of those things you have to try once in your life. I believe you can now get strawberry and raspberry tubs of it, which I can't wait to try. Although lovely, I would think of this as being a treat. It does suggest you can spread it on your toast etc, but I wouldn't think that it would add to part of a balanced diet.
Overall, I cannot recommend this stuff enough. It's gorgeous. If you have a sweet tooth, there is no doubt about it, you must try this. A big thumbs up from a sucker for all things sweet. Period.
When reading American cookbooks, I've often come across a mention of the "Durkee-Mower Marshmallow Fluff". It seems to be used to make all sorts of icings, cake fillings and gooey bakes. Until recently, I didn't think it was available in the U.K - at least not at a reasonable price. I also presumed that even if it was available, I wouldn't be able to eat it. This is because marshmallow products usually contain gelatine, making them unsuitable for vegetarians. So I was delighted to find that not only is this Fluff vegetarian but that it was stocked in a local Londis for just £1.99 per 213g jar. The packaging is simple, just a clear plastic jar and a red, white and blue label, which is probably why I hadn't really noticed it before. It has a slightly retro style of lettering, which suits the product as it has been manufactured since 1920 in America. I couldn't wait to try this classic Fluff!
SO WHAT IS MARSHMALLOW FLUFF?
I have to say I wasn't really entirely sure about this myself, until I had a jar in front of me. Sometimes I have seen it listed as a baking ingredient, sometimes as a sweet, and more usually as a marshmallow spread. It could actually be used as all those things but I think the last description is closest. It is made of corn syrup, sugar, egg white and vanilin flavouring. The result is a spread that looks like a thick gooey melted pot of white marshmallows. It has quite a thick texture, and it is also very sticky. I have found that unless you are very careful to wipe the scew top lid clean after use, you are likely to find the jar tricky to open the next time. If you let children near this spread, be aware that messy fingers are very likely to result. I speak from experience on this last point, having spent a good 15 mins washing my young neighbours down before handing them back to their parents! It smells exactly the same as marshmallows to me, and most importantly it tastes the same too. I had to go back and read the ingredients list again to make sure I had not made a mistake and this really was the vegetarian friendly marshmallow I have been dreaming of! The taste is probably sweeter if anything and for this reason I couldn't eat a lot of it in one go. I can imagine that if you don't have a sweet tooth this would have limited appeal.
HOW CAN YOU USE THE FLUFF?
The jar label contains a few serving hints, such as using the spread on toast or scones, using it to top ice cream or cocoa, or as a fruit dip. I thought that it would be too sweet a taste for me to enjoy on toast and I was right. It is also too thick and sticky to spread without pulling the bread apart. The next suggestion I tried was to use the spread as a hot chocolate topping. This was more like it! It is still tricky to serve and a bit messy to dollop into a cup as it wants to stay on the spoon. Once in the chocolate or cocoa though, it floats attractively for a short while before melting perfectly and adding a nice proper marshmallow flavour to the drink. This has been my favourite way to use the Fluff, and as a little goes along way, my jar for hot chocolate use has lasted a good month.
I bought another jar to use in baking after reading Durkee- Mower brand website which has lots of recipe ideas available to view. [www. marshmallowfluff.com.] Being an American product, these are measured out in U.S.A cups, which may annoy those who don't have a set. There are also tips regarding how to measure out the spread considering it's stickiness which I have found useful. I have tried out the recipes for milkshakes and puffed rice squares and both work brilliantly. I couldn't imagine that the spread would work as a baking ingredient but it does. I have also used it as a filling for sandwich biscuits and whoopie pies with success, using suggestions from my American cookbooks. The website also includes ideas that I have yet to try including Rocky Road Pie, fudge and even sorbets. All in all, I think it is a very versatile treat to have in your cupboards and I now make sure I am never without a jar.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Since finding the Marshmallow fluff in my local Londis, I've looked for it in other branches and I have been mostly disappointed. I have now also found that two local-ish independent sweetshops sell it, although for a lot more. They charge between £2.99 and £3.50 which is still less than the £4.50 plus postage I have seen it for online. I think the best places to source it are probably traditional sweetshops if you are lucky enough to have one near you. I understand from the web that the Fluff is also available in strawberry and raspberry flavours but I have not seen or tried these.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I would! I think it would appeal to anyone who likes marshmallows really especially vegetarians who can't eat the real thing. If you don't like sweet foods then you probably wouldn't like the sort of things you can make with it. For everyone else, it is a useful ingredient to have around even if marshmallow on toast doesn't appeal!
Gluten free and Kosher.
Fat free, trace sodium.
It obviously contains plenty of sugar, so I would not recommend it for a healthy eating choice! As an occasional treat, I am happy to eat it.
[This review may also appear on Ciao under my user name in the future.]
Where do I begin...well I shall start by saying that this product truly is heaven in a jar. I first discovered marshmallow fluff at a young age, my sister had returned from her trip to New York and brought it back for me as a souvenir and from the first spoonful I fell in love. It was not long until I began looking around supermarkets to see it they sold this fluffy substance, but soon to realize it was an American product I thought I wouldn't be able to purchase it anywhere in the Uk. A year later I was going through the Milton Keynes shopping centre and I came across an American food shop. I looked inside and to my delight I found a jar of fluff and purchased it right away, since then I have shown it to all my friends and they too have become a little obsessed.
Trying to describe the taste or pretty much what it is, well...It is like when you have heated up a marshmallow on the barbeque and you have that sticky gooey centre, this jar basically contains that marshmallow goo but in a cooler form. The ingredients contain corn syrup, sugar, dried egg white and vannilin. At 333 calories per 100 grams, it is not too calorie packed, but you must know it contains a lot of sugar, with literally 50% of the fluff being sugar...but of course marshmallow fluff is not meant to be eaten on a daily diet, it is a once in a while treat.
It can be eaten in all sorts of ways, I usually have it on it's own, but it is nice on toast, inside cakes and it can be used for all sorts of other bakery. There is also a recipe for fudge cakes on the back of the jar which I did make and I must say tasted heavenly.
I have also discovered something very funny about the fluff. Once I was in the cinema with a friend eating some and I had a drink of coca cola, I found that the cola reacted with the fluff and it frothed out of my mouth and I started to drip down like a drooling dog next to a row full of people. It was hilarious and every time I go to the cinema since then I have bought fizzy drinks to have with the fluff purely for fun... It is especially nice with cream soda might I add.
Overall it's a fantastic sweet treat to enjoy with many different uses, and for those who have yet to try marshmallow fluff...I strongly suggest you do :)
* What is Marshmallow Fluff? *
Durkee-Mower Marshmallow Fluff is whipped marshmallow cream, although I would also describe it as melted marshmallows. It's ingredients consist of corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites and vanillin - as you can see, not the most healthiest list but a simple one!
It comes in a 213g glass jar with 'fluff' embossed on it, a red lid and simple label.
The most popular and common flavour is normal Marshmallow Fluff which is white but there is also a Strawberry Fluff and Raspberry Fluff, which are pink (I have yet to try the raspberry).
Although Marshmallow Fluff is quite unheard of in the UK, it is quite a big deal in the US. Marshmallow Fluff was originally invented in 1920 by 2 young men in Massachusetts and was sold door to door before becoming a huge success.
* How did I first came across Marshmallow Fluff and Why do I like it so much? *
I absolutely love marshmallows and marshmallow type foods but eat them very rarely as I am a vegetarian and 99% of marshmallows contain gelatine. It's really hard to find marshmallows that don't contain gelatine. The beauty of Marshmallow Fluff is that it is totally vegetarian and tastes just like marshmallows but without all the icky stuff.
I first came across Marshmallow Fluff as a child when I was visiting America. My parents always used to buy naughty treats when we were in America that we couldn't get back home (Fruit Loops, Hersheys chocolate etc). I forgot about it for a few years and then stumbbled across it on a website one day where we were reunited.
* What does is taste like? *
I can happily confirm that Marshmallow Fluff does infact taste of real marshmallows. It is very sweet, artificial tasting, thick and sticky - you wouldn't want to leave the lid off unless you wanted to catch flies! It is spreadable but because it's so thick it can be a problem on moist bread.
The strawberry version is just as good and tastes the same as strawberry marshmallows but seems to have a hint of raspberry to it also.
I should imagine that almost all children would enjoy Marshmallow Fluff, plus a lot of adults too - it's one for everybody, although possibly not for the overly health conscious or those with a very sophisticated palate!
* Where do I get it from? *
One of the biggest problems with Marshmallow Fluff for me is that is it not available from shops in the UK (only some tiny indepedent run shops which import the jars in and sell them at top whack). I have most recently purchased my Marshmallow Fluff from an Ebay shop which seemed to be the cheapest option, although it still wasn't cheap. Other places that sell Marshmallow Fluff are www.americansoda.co.uk, www.cybercandy.co.uk and www.americansweets.co.uk but again, it isn't exactly cheap. With this all being said I think a big part of the reason I love Marshmallow Fluff is because it's not easy to get hold of and is a real treat - Would I appreciate it as much if it began being sold in Tesco tomorrow? I'd like to think so but who knows. Hmm...!
* How do I eat it? *
There are so many ways to use Marshmallow Fluff but I personally prefer mine on toast (the warmth of the toast makes it really easy to spread and melts it into the bread) and sometimes in sandwiches. When I'm feeling naughty and slobbish I sometimes spoon it straight from the jar, which gets very sickly very quickly.
You can also use it for baking cakes, as frosting, in bagels, on waffles, as ice cream topping, in ice cream sundaes, for making marshmallow crispie cakes and in shakes.
* My verdict! *
I would recommend this product to anybody that has a sweet tooth and loves marshmallows. I would also recommend it to vegetarians that are craving marshmallows. It's tasty for kids and adults and might even encourage children to eat things that they wouldn't otherwise - I have heard of an odd sweet potato Marshmallow Fluff recipe! But be prepared to go the extra mile to get this fluffy treat as it's not easy or cheap to get hold of.
~~~What is it?~~~
Marshmallow Fluff is a confection originating in the Northeastern United States, with a 75 year old plus manufacturing history. Its only ingredients are corn syrup, sugar syrup, vanilla flavouring, and egg whites. It contains no preservatives, stabilisers, or other additives and is packaged in glass jars as well as plastic tubs. It is cholesterol free, gluten free, and also kosher. As one can imagine from the name, it is fluffy and basically is a marshmallowy creme spread. It is perhaps most famous for its use in the Northeastern US as the fluffy component of the Fluffernutter, which is a sandwich made with peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff spread on in place of jam. This sandwich is such a favourite, that it is now being included in NASA's menus for astronauts to eat in space. Perhaps rather humorously, the state of Maine is also seriously considering making this their official state sandwich. Who knew?!
~~~Okay, what else can you do with it?~~~
Fluff is used not only as a spread, but can also be used in several dessert recipes in a variety of ways. You can add it to whipping cream as it whips for a cloudlike cake frosting, as well as to make a super easy, more traditional type soft frosting known as 7 minute Fluff Frosting. There are also several recipes for other delights such as cheesecakes, never fail fudge, Amish style Whoopie Pies (a type of filled soft cookie), fruit shakes, and more. The manufacturer Durkee even have a page full of the recipes plus a free downloadable cookbook full of recipes all using Marshmallow Fluff. You can find it at http://www.marshmallowfluff.com/pages/recipe_favorites.html.
~~~How do I Like it?~~~
I love this stuff. I have to admit Fluffernutters are a bit of a guilty pleasure, specially with chocolate powder sprinkled on. I also find it quite handy for making frosting, whipping up some of the fancier treats from their recipe collection, and a must have when making crispy rice treats. No more melting the marshmallows, just stir in the creme, woohoo! The fudge has always been a big hit when given as a gift for birthdays and Christmas, and several guests have asked for my recipe after sampling some of the other culinary delights made with this. I personally find it much easier to dollop onto hot chocolate instead of actual marshmallows and it makes a decorative mound that is perfect for any sprinkles and the texture removes the "need" to add any whipped cream. I have also found Fluff lovely to add to homemade ice cream for a Rocky Road sort of treat, as it blends in well so that you don't get hard lumps of frozen marshmallows. Mixed with a little warm water, and nuked for no more than 15 seconds, you can also use this as an ice cream topping, which is especially good on a banana split sundae with hot fudge added, and a cocktail cherry! Fans of making S' mores will also delight in knowing that this can be used by the spoonful to make this snack, and makes much less mess than the traditional method of using marshmallows.
Of course, this is not the healthiest of foods, but as a once in a while treat, its great, and the format of being a creme in a jar means that it is handy to store for sudden must make treats emergencies, such as finding out you need to bring things to a coffee morning and no one thought to tell you in advance! The recipes I have tried with the fruit salad and the sweet potatoes also earn kudos from me as it has gotten some very finicky children we have met to eat otherwise healthy foods they would not even try before. It's amazing what a little bit of marshmallowness will do!
~~~Where can I get it?~~~
I have previously ordered this from Tesco, but lately my local one that delivers is not stocking it. if yours doesn't, request it. I currently find it online at Sainsbury's. It costs about £2-3 a jar. Occasionally I have seen Aldi offer their own version as well. As it can be rather hit or miss, I now tend to order mine from Cyber Candy. (http://www.cybercandy.co.uk/aaasmt/index.php/url_indprod?xlc=680 ) where it is £2.99 a jar, or buy a case for just over £33 for a savings. I have not yet ordered a full case, but am considering it as it is a naturally long shelf life product and I now have a stock pantry space that is building up extra this and jars of goods, especially the harder to get stuff. Fluff in the US is also sold in strawberry and raspberry, again, without any artificial ingredients. I have not seen these flavours here, and have never tried them, so I cannot comment. I hope to someday see them offered here, as I would like to try them out in the frosting and ice cream topping recipes.