Five Fun Things to Add to a Fluffernutter Sandwich

Peanut butter, Marshmallow Fluff, bread, and … bacon? Here are our five favorite things to add to a fluffernutter sandwich.

By Katherine Keenan

Sep 19 2022

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Jam may seem like the most simple Fluffernutter addition, but the results are fantastic.

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Some say you can’t mess with a classic. To them I say: baconfluffernutters.

Fluffernutters are a beloved New England treat. Massachusetts has even tried to make them its official state sandwich. And yeah, I think they’re perfect just the way they are. But although this lunchroom classic traditionally contains only peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff, it’s this same simplicity that makes the Fluffernutter the perfect foundation for more ingredients.

In 2016 we pan-fried a fluffernutter in butter per the recommendation of our Facebook audience. This year on National Fluffernutter Day we asked our Instagram audience to share more of their favorite ways to make a fluffernutter. They said to “add chips,” “add jam,” “add some Nutella,” or go full-on “Elvis style,” with bacon and banana. So we did.

If you are a fluffernutter purist and therefore likely to disagree with what’s about to ensue, feel free to switch at this point to our article about the history of the fluffernutter. But if you’re ready to push the fluffernutter limits, read on.

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A grilled sandwich of Marshmallow Fluff, bacon, and peanut butter.
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Five Fun Things to Add to a Fluffernutter Sandwich

Here are five terrific fluffernutter add-on ideas:

1. Fluffernutter with Potato Chips

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Chips add a delightful crunch to this fluffernutter.
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With exactly the right amount of salt to dance around the Fluff’s sweetness (and a snappy crunch to counteract the soft bread), potato chips might be the perfect fluffernutter addition. If you’re like me and you enjoy eating fluffernutters on toasted bread, rejoice: The crunch of the chips adds a similar effect.

Here, I used baked ruffled potato chips for three reasons: They have a somewhat flat profile, which sits nicely in a sandwich; they’re extra crunchy; and they have a slightly lower fat content (which simply felt responsible, considering I was embarking upon an entire evening of fluffernutter-related madness).

2. Fluffernutter with Banana

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Bananas, peanut butter, and Marshmallow Fluff were simply meant to be. (Don’t forget to toast the bread.)
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I sliced the bananas into strips — but you could definitely cut them into disks.
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For a fresh spin on the fluffernutter, add sliced bananas. Not only do they add interesting texture and flavor, they make this sweet concoction feel almost healthy. (Well, almost.)

3. Fluffernutter with Bacon

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It’s not a hard decision to mess with a classic when the result looks — and tastes — this good.
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The bacon fluffernutter may be the most controversial of the lot. When I was a child, the PB&B (that’s peanut butter and bacon) was a household staple. But this? Another level.

The sandwich comes together quickly. I microwaved the bacon until it was crispy, about six minutes, buttered a nonstick skillet, and fried the sandwich for about a minute on each side.

Oh, and you’ll definitely want a napkin nearby when you eat this one, since grilling the sandwich will melt the peanut butter.

4. Fluffernutter with Nutella

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Adding chocolate-hazelnut spread, like Nutella, to a fluffernutter makes for a decadent treat.
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This one seems like a no-brainer. Chocolate hazelnut spread, peanut butter, and Marshmallow Fluff pair perfectly. Now all that’s left to add is a large glass of milk.

Tip: Since the Marshmallow Fluff is the hardest to spread, put it on the bread first and then layer the peanut butter or Nutella over it.

5. Fluffernutter with Fruit Jam

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Jam may seem like the most simple fluffernutter addition, but the results are fantastic.
Photo Credit : Katherine Keenan
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This was the wrong way to go about it. For easy spreading, I suggest coating one slice of bread with Fluff and then adding the jam on top, since the Fluff is the hardest to spread.
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What do you get when you cross a PB&J with a fluffernutter? Perfection. I used strawberry jam, but any flavor works. And as with the Nutella sandwich, make sure to spread the Fluff first so that you don’t run into any sticky situations.

Other ways to jazz up your fluffernutters:

  • Swap out the white bread for another kind of bread. We think cinnamon raisin, challah, or banana bread would work wonderfully.
  • On a gluten-free or wheat-free diet? No problem. Try a corn tortilla fluffernutter roll-up. Or layer Fluff and peanut butter on apple or celery slices.
  • “Fun-size” your fluffernutters by making them on crackers. Ritz crackers work especially well.
  • Make a fluffernutter using French toast or pancakes. Then it counts as breakfast — right?

What’s your favorite way to eat a fluffernutter?

This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated.

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