I had a neighbor growing up, Mrs. Donovan, that always had the best junk food in her pantry. Her house was like a food rabbit hole that once you entered any normal healthy food rules did not apply. My mom, however, always tried to serve my sister and I healthy meals, so that meant no room for junk in the Dunbar house.
One of my all time favorite things Mrs. Donovan made for us as kids when we would happen to find ourselves next-door during the summer months at lunchtime, was peanut butter and fluff sandwiches. To die for.
I STILL drool over these sandwiches as an adult, but never buy the stuff because I now know how fake everything is inside the jar. Ingredients like: corn syrup, artificial coloring, xanthan gum, unidentifiable things and more artificial coloring…
I thought it would be fun to recreate the retro marshmallow fluff using real ingredients, but still leaving it a fun and yummy sweet treat. Finding recipes for fluff was the easy part, but recreating it without fake items and corn syrup was difficult. The most challenging part was achieving that fluffy texture.
I am happy to report, that the pastry chef in me didn’t let this challenge go until I found a recipe good enough to share with you.
My kids were beyond thrilled when I finally settled for this recipe. Ditch the store-bought jar and use our homemade version instead.
- 3 egg whites
- ¼ tsp of cream of tartar
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup room temperature water
- ¾ cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
- Put the sugar, water, and honey into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Clip on a candy thermometer and cook until 246 degrees F, about 5 minutes or so.
- Remove from heat.
- Turn the beaters on low speed and slowly drizzle in the honey mixture into the egg whites
- Once fully incorporated, add vanilla and turn the speed to high and beat the mixture until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
- Store in your cabinet for up to a week and enjoy!