“ Manufacturer: Dairy Crest / Type: Dairy „
There are two packs of Clover sitting in my fridge at the moment. One is the standard Clover and one is Clover lighter. Normally I avoid 'lighter' products. It seems so often taste is sacrificed for lower calories. But with Clover lighter I can hardly taste any difference.
Clover lighter has 30% less fat than Clover original and 32 calories in a 7g serving. It contains less than half the saturated fat of butter. It uses natural colorants and flavourings and has no hydrogenated fats. It is made with buttermilk and contains seed oils rich in omega 3 and 6. It is a blended spread with buttermilk and vegetable oils.
Ingredients: Vegetable Oils (32% Seed Oils), Water, Buttermilk (15%), Salted Butter, Modified Maize Starch, Salt (1.5%), Emulsifiers (E471, Sunflower Lecithin, Soya Lecithin), Lactic Acid, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Colour (Natural Beta Carotene), Natural Flavouring.
I love the versatility of this product. Unlike some spreads it is suitable for spreading, cooking, baking and frying. It spreads from the fridge. It's main uses in our house are being spread on toast, crumpets and bread and being used in cooking for cakes. I tend to make buttercream icing using Clover rather than butter as it's less fatty and easier to blend and spread.
It's the taste of Clover that I love though. It is the next best thing to butter for me. It has a lovely creamy, buttery, smooth taste. You know a spread is a good one when you are happy to be given a slice of toast with just the spread itself on. And as I say, I can tell little difference between Clover lighter and the original.
Clover lighter 500g is currently on offer at Sainsburys buy one get one free, £2 per unit. The 1kg tub is £3.80.
Tub is recyclable.
Having started a recent diet, with both watching what i eat and also with regular excercise, i noticed this product merely by chance, as I thought that it was the normal Clover that I have tried before and costing £1.50p from my local Sainsbury's, discovered this Clover Lighter.
This comes in a yellow tub, with the words Clover in green, and a picture of a three leaved clover on the front, and also the word Lighter written in blue underneath it.
Comes in a plastic container with a snap on/off lid, and contains 500grams of this lighter margarine inside, which looks a yellow colour similiar to butter.
It states on the lid, that this product is thirty per cent less fat than the original Clover, which made me really interested in this product, and has 32 calories per serving, obviously this depends on how much you use per serving, it spreads really well so you can use as much or as little as you need.
I tried some on some crackers, as i wanted to taste just this product and I think that it doesnt taste much different to their original Clover, which tastes a bit like butter, but with a lighter taste, and it looks just like butter, and still has that creamy taste that you get with a butter, spread on toast etc.
of which saturates are 23.5g.
from plant sources.
This spread is made from Vegtable Oil, Seed Oil, Reconstituted Buttermilk, Starch, Salt, Modified Maize, and it states "Natural Flavouring".
Keep this product refridgerated 2-5oc.
It is made with seed oils rich in omega three and six. It has Natural Colour and Flavours. It is suitable for Vegetarians. It has half the fat of saturated fat of butter. I really liked the way that you got a big tub full for about the same price as butter, but it was spreadable and does last a long time, I liked how it tasted on my Wholemeal Toast, without any other topping.
I would definetely recommend this product.
Thanks for readiung and rating my reviews.
~*~ Clover Lighter ~*~
Since going on a recent-ish health kick (which is more like a calorie eliminating exercise) I have been very careful not to add too many calories on when there is no need. A serving of butter, for example (10g), can have up to 90 calories which seems a bit unnecessary if you are just using it as a base for a bit of marmite. So! I have been on the hunt for a lighter alternative.
~*~ The packaging ~*~
The packaging of this product is almost identical to that of standard Clover - a bright yellow tub with large 'Clover' lettering on the front, with the standard Clover picture. The only difference is 'Lighter' is written next to the brand name in medium blue lettering. I quite like this - it doesn't look like a normal diet product which usually are paler in colour and more boring looking.
~*~ The product and the taste ~*~
Original Clover markets itself as having the same great taste of butter with half of the saturated fat. I've used Clover before and not been able to taste the difference between this and butter so I had high hopes for Clover Lighter....
On opening the pack you are faced with what essentially looks like a tub of Clover. The smell is also the same. So far, so good!
The spread goes on to bread and toast easily - it's not as hard as butter which means you don't have the problem with ripping holes in your sandwiches! A little bit goes a long way, and you should be able to get away with using the recommended serving of 7g, maybe a little bit more is needed depending on how much you tend to use.
Ok, so lets get on to the taste. I was very very pleasantly surprised by this product! Although I had not previously used Clover, or butter for that matter, for quite a long time before this purchase, I could immediately taste the difference. Prior to this I had been using Flora light and such products, which are OK but definitely do not come close to this. I can honestly say that, if given this and standard Clover, I think I would find it hard to tell the two apart.
~*~ The price and availability ~*~
This product is currently sold for £1.50 at Tesco, and around this price in other supermarkets. It is readily available in supermarkets such as Asda, Morrisons and Sainsburys and also sometimes in smaller convenience stores. £1.50 is about the average price for a 500g tub of butter or margarine, so it's pretty good going, and the product is usually on some sort of an offer so it's worth stocking up when it is!
~*~ The nutritional information ~*~
There are 45 calories per 10g of this product compared to 68 in standard Clover. It is suggested, however that a standard serving size is 7g, giving just 32 calories.
10g also gives you 4.9g of fat and 0.3g of carbohydrates.
~*~ The verdict ~*~
After using Clover Lighter, I think I will find it very hard to go back to normal Light margarine type products. I usually only purchase products with 35 calories or less per serving as I think anything more than this is a waste of calories. However! I have made an exception in this case, it's only 10 calories more per serving, or if you use the serving size recommended, 2 calories less.
If you are looking for a tasty, lower calorie butter product then I highly recommend this!
I have recently reviewed Clover spread but just discovered that a new version of Clover has been brought out named 'Clover Light'. I saw it on introductory offer in sainsbury's for just 76p. As a lover of Clover, and currently on a diet, I thought that I would 'give it a whirl'.
I put Clover Light to the test.....my family. I did not tell them that the Clover was any different.... The tub looks virtually the same as standard Clover. The only real difference was that it said 'lighter' on the pack in a pale blue colour...not exactly 'in your face'. The verdict was unanimous.
Even though I had not mentioned to them that the Clover was not the usual one - they all (unsolicited) emphatically told me thay they did not like it..... they said it tasted more 'margariney' than the usual Clover which does taste 'buttery'. The difference was especially noticeable on toast where taste of the spread is 'all important'!!
Personally, on sandwiches, I could not taste the difference...
Clover light, like Clover, is churned. It contains 30%less fat than regular clover and less than half the saturated fat of butter. The colour and flavour are natural and ther are no hydrogenated fats and it is virtually trans fat free.
Vegetable Oils, Water, Reconstituted Buttermilk, Salted Butter (10%), Modified Maize Starch, Salt (1.5%), Emulsifiers (E471, Soya Lecithin), Lactic Acid, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Colour (Natural Beta Carotene), Natural Flavouring.
Suitable for Vegetarians
**Nutrition Per 100g**
Energy 1874kJ / 455kcal
of which sugars 0.9g
of which saturates 23.5g
of which trans 0.5g
Clover Light is suitable for spreading, cooking, baking and frying.
Nevertheless it is not quite as delicious as the regular clover - but then, what very low fat spreads are??