updated 6/27/2006 11:08:52 AM ET 2006-06-27T15:08:52

A Massachusetts lawmaker is trying to get himself out of a sticky situation by dropping his opposition to Marshmallow Fluff.

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Sen. Jarrett Barrios’ proposal to limit Fluff in schools sparked a widespread and impassioned defense of the marshmallow spread, a lunch box staple for generations of New England children.

The ban was panned on talk radio. One Massachusetts lawmaker even suggested making the Fluffernutter — a Fluff and peanut butter sandwich — the official state sandwich.

Barrios, a Democrat from Cambridge, thought he had a legitimate gripe after learning his third-grade son had been given a Fluffernutter sandwich as his school lunch. But his spokesman Colin Durrant, said Tuesday that Barrios had decided to abandon the proposed amendment to a school nutrition bill.

“It got to the point where the larger story overshadowed or obscured his original goal, which was to have a discussion about what is a healthy and nutritious meal for kids in school,” Durrant said.

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