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Sweet, fluffy stand-up treat

  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco, left, and Judgement Day cocktails in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco, left, and Judgement Day cocktails in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Judgement Day cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Judgement Day cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco, left, and Judgement Day cocktails in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco, left, and Judgement Day cocktails in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco, left, and Judgement Day cocktails in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Judgement Day cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco, left, and Judgement Day cocktails in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the Cuzco cocktail in Concord, N.H. Pisco is a grape spirit that has not been aged in wood, leaving it white. Made in Peru and Chile, both countries claim it as their national spirit, spurring intense debate on who had it first. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This Sept. 9, 2013 photo shows DIY Nutella marshmallow spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

As sandwiches go, the
Fluffernutter never really did much for me as a kid. I love peanut butter in so many ways, but it always seemed to taint the billowy, sticky sweet wonderfulness of the Fluff.

So I was more prone to eating Fluff the way it was intended to be consumed – by the spoonful. Directly from the container. Ideally while standing. If you prefer to sit, I’ll try not to think less of you.

As I’ve aged, my tastes have matured. I’ve acknowledged that marshmallow spread can be enjoyed between slices of bread, though I still don’t care to sully it with peanut butter. And for the most intense experience, I prefer to make my own Fluff-like spread.

Still, minus the peanut butter this really does dissolve into a gussied up sugar sandwich. So to lessen the guilt, I doctor it with chocolate-hazelnut spread. Because surely there is some protein in there, right?

Even thus doctored, there’s still nothing wrong with eating it by the spoonful. While standing.

DIY NUTELLA-MARSHMALLOW SPREAD

1∕3 cup water

3∕4 cup sugar

3∕4 cup corn syrup or honey

3 egg whites, room temperature

1∕2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

half of a 13-ounce jar Nutella

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water, sugar and corn syrup (or honey). Stir gently to combine. Insert a candy thermometer and heat, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 240 degrees.

Meanwhile, when the sugar syrup begins to form large bubbles, and the thermometer reads about 225 to 230 degrees, place the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat the whites to soft peaks. This should take about 3 to 4 minutes.

By the time the whites are whipped, the sugar syrup should be at 240 degrees. Remove from heat and, with the mixer running, pour the syrup in a thin, steady stream into the whites. The whites will deflate slightly at first, but as the sugar syrup becomes incorporated, they will thicken, turn white and begin to fluff up.

Continue to whip the mixture for 7 to 8 minutes, or until very thick and glossy. Add the vanilla and whip for another minute. Remove the bowl from the mixer, then fold in the Nutella until mixed, but not blended. Transfer to an airtight container. The spread can be stored at room temperature for two weeks.

Makes 4 cups.

Recipe adapted from
the King Arthur Flour Co.

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