Posted by / Friday, August 30, 2013

Back To School Throwback Lunches: Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Cream

This week I'm kicking off a series all about back to school lunches. Not just any lunches — lunches my mom made for me when I was going to school back in the 70's. Of course I got your standard fare from straight peanut butter and jelly to a ham a cheese, but more times than not, mom was always trying to be creative and not bore me day after day with the same old thing.

Monday I shared the story behind the good old classic cream cheese & olive sandwich. We toned it down for Tuesday and did the more popular peanut butter & banana sandwich. Wednesday was mom's kick-butt tuna fish sandwich. Thursday I highlighted one of my all time favorites, the pimento cheese sandwich.

For the last in this series, I present the peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich. In some circles it is called the fluffernutter!

Yes, smooth creamy peanut butter covered in a marshmallowy concoction of sugar and corn syrup — sure to give you that mid day "bump" you need to make it through Friday. Mom knew exactly what she was doing!

Stepping away from the Little Debbie family, we head over to the Hostess family for the Friday cupcake.

Toss in some grapes and you have the perfect Friday lunch.

I really enjoyed this series and allowing my mouth to walk down memory lane. Mary was also excited to have sweets in the house which is a rare occurrence.

I would like to take this moment and thank my mom who got up without fail and packed 3 lunches a day for myself, my little brother and dad. She was creative and mixed it up just about everyday. Lunch was like a grateful dead concert — you never saw the same thing twice in a row.

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P.S. If anyone wants a slightly used jar of Marshmallow Fluff please let me know, I would be happy to send it to you.


  1. Wow. Your mom sounds pretty great! The first time I had marshmallow fluff was at a friend's house. We lived abroad and they got to shop at the commissary and I thought it was divine and ate it straight from the spoon. I think my kids would get a kick out of this. I'd would take the Fluff but it would cost too much to send!

    1. Too funny Katie. Definitely brought back memories but I think it will be a while before I eat another one!

  2. This was an awesome series Tim. I looked forward to all the posts!

    And this sandwich with pb and marshmallow fluff is one that remember fondly. Our moms had similar lunch packing styles. :)

    1. Thanks Brittany, I had a lot of fun doing this series!

  3. If my kids saw this post they would ask for this sandwich everyday!

    1. Yes, we got this one quite often. I probably will not eat another one for quite some time though!

  4. I have never tried marshmallow fluff before.. But this looks like a great, easy sandwich to make for back to school

    1. Very easy. It is also very messy. After I made this I had marshmallow fluff everywhere. But definitely good! Thanks for taking a look!

  5. Tim great meeting you and Mary today. I am now a new follower and always glad to find local bloggers. My kids would go crazy over these sandwiches.

    1. Thanks Maria! So glad we met and we look forward to follow along in your world!


"Some people eat to live; I live to eat." -Tim Vidra

An avid home cook, I believe in using simple ingredients, local when possible and am inspired by the principles of supporting a sustainable food system. I’ve cultivated this blog as a way to share my passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in.



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