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      27.07.2011 10:56
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      I've tasted worse, but it's not the best either!

      During a recent online shop I ordered a tub of my usual brand of buttery-flavoured spread which was unavailable. The supermarket in question delivered a substitute item which happened to be a 500g tub of 'St Ivel Utterly Butterly' spread.

      Having not tried out this particular brand of buttery spread before, I was unsure what to expect but as I had ran out of butter at home, I felt I had little choice but to accept the substitute item on this occasion.

      The packaging for the Utterly Butterly spread consists of a bright yellow plastic tub with a removable lid. The lid is made of a fairly good quality and will stay shut when it is replaced on top of the tub properly, which is fairly easy to do. The whole of the yellow tub and lid is made of plastic which can be recycled as far as I know. (I have not found any indication to confirm this fact on the product's packaging).

      The buttery spread itself is a bright yellow colour as you would expect from any similar product like this one. It looks to be of a fairly thick consistency which would suggest to me that it is a fairly high quality product. I only mention this because I have bought slightly more 'budget' branded products in the past which looked to be far too soft for my own liking.

      I have used the Utterly Butterly spread in place of my usual spread in sandwiches, on toast and when cooking things like sauces. I found that when it came to using it in cooking, there was little or no difference that I could find between using this spread and my usual product. I found that the end result was identical and would highly recommend it for this purpose.

      As for using the Utterly Butterly in sandwiches or on toast, I thought that the taste of the product was quite nice and not completely unlike the taste of any similar product I have bought before. I thought that the taste was not overly salty, and neither did it leave an unpleasant after-taste which is something I have found with cheaper brands of buttery spread when I have bought them in the past.

      I must admit that I did find the Utterly Butterly had a slightly 'false' element to it's flavour however, and whilst this is something I have come to expect with products like this one, it is not a trait that I find particularly enjoyable, and so for this reason I will be deducting one Dooyoo star when it comes to rating this product. To be fair, this is a matter that is down to personal taste and opinion, but for my own tastes, I prefer my buttery spreads to be slightly more well, buttery than the flavour of the Utterly Butterly spread could deliver.

      When it came to spreading the Utterly Butterly, this was easy to do as the consistency is really quite soft and I had no problems with this at all, even when the product was used immediately after it had been removed from the fridge.

      The nutritional information on the bottom of the plastic tub informs me that 100g of St Ivel Utterly Butterly will provide 452 Kcal and 49.0g fat which seems quite high to me, although in all fairness I think that most butter or spread products contain a lot of fat. The fat content in the Utterly Butterly spread is still significantly lower than that of 'real' butter which is what I would expect from a 'spread' product like this one.

      I can also see from the packaging that the Utterly Butterly spread is suitable for freezing, although I have not tried this for myself and cannot comment on how well it copes with being frozen.

      In summary, I was happy to try out the Utterly Butterly spread and thought it was ok and of a reasonable quality. I am not sure I would go out of my way to buy it again, but perhaps if it was on a special offer or if it was a substitute item in my online grocery shop again I would use it again in the future. I would award it three Dooyoo stars out of five based on my own experience and opinion.

      The St Ivel Utterly Butterly can be purchased in all good grocery stores and larger Supermarkets, where the 500g tub will cost around £1.30, which I think is reasonable value.

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        25.06.2011 19:06
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        A delicious spread for your toast & bread

        What is it?

        Well, its called Utterly Butterly and comes in a yellow 500 gram tub and is a spread made with buttermilk. It contains 70% less saturated fat than butter and is meant to be good for buttering your toast & bread rolls, cooking with and using for baking. It contains no hydrogenated fats and no trans fatty acids. Sounds good doesnt it? Well heres what I thought

        Did I like it?

        I am a massive toast fan and love carbs so I can go through 8-10 rounds of bread a day eating toast as its so delicious. I first spotted Utterly Butterly in the supermarket and the moneysaver in me decided to try it as it was on a buy one get one free. The tubs in my opinion look quite large and I have been buying this product for months if not over a year and I find that even though I eat a lot of toast, it seems to last me for ages.

        If I get a BOGOF, I just stick one of the tubs in the freezer and defrost it when needed. I love the taste of this spread and think that it is completely delicious. The packaging is eye catching and brightens up my fridge and the taste is gorgeous.

        It spreads really easily on bread and toast and doesnt seem to make the bread fall into bits as it isnt too hard or too soft which is great. It melts nice and quickly on my toast and when I bite into the bread, I love the creamy light taste of this spread. I think in a blind taste test, I would not be able to tell that it wasnt butter as it is so smooth and creamy and tastes very similar to butter in my opinion. I love how competitively priced it is and how it spreads great on warm and cold bread. I have also used this spread on pancakes which is goes beautifully with and when cooking a fry up, I sometimes use it when I run out of oil and it works a treat.

        Final word

        I would recommend this product as it is just delicious and I love how it tastes so similar to butter but is obviously a lot healthier than butter is. I can eat it on my toast without feeling as guilty about the calories and fat as I normally would do and the smooth and creamy tastes just takes me back to the fridge for it again and again.

        100 grams of this spread provides 452 calories. Available in most good shops and supermarkets. Currently on offer in Tesco for £1.80 on a buy one get one free offer.

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        06.02.2011 15:24
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        I would advise you to purchase this as it is a really good spread to have in sandwiches.

        St Ives, Utterly Butterly is a spread that I have recently been buying as I love the taste and it is so easy to spread on both bread for sandwiches and also great for spreading on toast, having had butter kept in the fridge before and finding that it goes really hard and tears my bread up when I spread it, I have started buying St Ives Utterly Butterly because it solves the problems that I have previouslu incurred with spreading normal butter.

        It comes in a plastic yellow tub, I prefer to buy the 1kg tub as it works out cost effective, and lasts me ages.Utterly butterly gives a great taste to both toast, sandwiches and crumpets, as it has a delicious buttery taste and this tub contains 70 percent less saturated fat than butter, and no hydrogenated fats.

        The container has a snap on lid and is easy to open and also I find that it is an easy to use spread, and because of the less fat it contains I think that it is good value for money, and also a healthier option than me buying butter.

        This spread is made with buttermilk and has a great taste that I really enjoy.This is also good for shallow frying and is also vegetarian and is also good for using when baking cakes etc.

        It is also good for using in sauces.I find this to be an utterly adaptable spread too.

        This utterly butterly spread contains energy 0.3grams
        and protein 2.5grams
        carbohydrates 2.5grams
        fat 12.7grams
        fibre nil
        sodium 0.75grams

        I would advise you to buy this product as it is really good value for money.

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          09.04.2010 12:21
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          A fair substitue

          St Ivel utterly Butterly......

          I used to only use St Ivel Gold and would never dream of having another margarine spread. However since the sudden disappearance of Gold I have had to find alternatives to use and have now gotten used to using any spread really. I opted for this particular one this time because it was on a buy one get one free offer which made the price of £1.20ish far more reasonable.

          The tub which the spread comes in is fairly singular to the shape of the old St Ivel gold but really that is where the similarities end. The utterly Butterly tub is a bright yellow colour which seems to match the product inside rather well. Both the name of the product and the logo of St Ivel is done in a deep blue and the yellow and blue work well together in making a good design. The lid pops off easily but I sometimes find it difficult to get it back on and to stay on.

          The spread states on the packaging that it has 70% less saturated fat than real butter but still keeps the true buttery taste as it is made with buttermilk. However I can't see that it tastes too much like real butter even though the taste of the Utterly Butterly is rather nice. It is not overly greasy and has a more creamier taste to it than a lot of the other low fat spreads that I have tried. It spreads easily on bread and doesn't tear even the softest loaf.

          It has many uses and can be used in baking cakes or just for spreading on toast or sandwiches. The packaging also states that it can be frozen although as yet I have not tried this out to see how well it is used after defrosting. Another good reason to choose this over regular fattening butter is that it contains no hydrogenated fats which are always a bonus. Per serving there really isn't that much of a difference compared to regular butter which surprises me as there is 37 calories in this and 52 in standard butter and the fat content of this utterly Butterly is 4.1grams and real butter being 5.7grams. I guess every little helps but the taste comes nowhere near to being as nice as full fat butter.

          A normal sized 500 gram tub of this utterly butterly seems to last a good while in comparison to the normal butter we have in our house and this is probably because with real butter we all like to spread it far too thick and when using Utterly Butterly we hold back somewhat.

          Overall I think this is an okay butter substitute. It is a good price especially when purchased on a special offer, which there are always plenty of. It tastes nice and creamy and can be used for a multitude of tasks in the kitchen.

          I think a good score of 4 out of 5 stars and a recommendation although I will state again it just can't compared to real butter!

          Many thanks for taking the time to read.

          I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.

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          29.03.2010 12:36
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          Yeah! out of bed at last and feeling better now my flu has nearly gone and what is the first thing I do? Well or course go shopping!
          Like all shopperholics I have managed to prize myself out of bed after being ill for a few days and go shopping to see what bargains I can find.

          In the supermarket this morning the bargain of the day was Utterly Butterly for 50p a tub at Morrison's. Good find I hear you say.
          The price is excellent as lots of these nearly taste like butter but not quite the real thing products cost over £1 and unless you want to buy the pale bland cheap margarine then you have to pay the prices, so went I find it at 50p I have to go mad and buy a few tubs as margarine goes nicely in the freezer so you can stock up when its cheap to buy.

          The packaging is much the same as lots of other margarine tubs the bright yellow tub isn't unique and you have to look closely at the writting on the front to make sure your not picking up any other nearly buttery but not quite butter product. I think they could be a little more original in the packaging, maybe put a large black and white cow on the front or something to attrack your eye to the difference so you don't pick up the wrong product. I have picked up the wrong margarine a few times due to just grabbing a yellow tub and not paying attention until I get to the till and see the price.

          As for the make well, its St Ivel and they make lots of other dairy products which are satisfactory to the taste buds, so its a well known brand. It's made with buttermilk which gives it the creamy taste and it has 70% less saturated fat then butter, so St Ives are selling it as a healthy eating product, but it is a buttery product and one teaspoon of this margarine has 4.1g of fat in it, as well as 534 calories per 100g and 9.63g of salt, so when you read the small print it's not that healthy after all, so if your on a diet stay well clear.

          On the plus side it is good for speading on your sandwiches, baking with, making sauces and is suitable for vegetarians.
          The taste is very creamy and the margarine itself once you've opened the pull off plastic lid and peeled back the greaseproof paper is a nice yellow colour, much like butter., but then it does have colour added into its ingredients.

          If your looking for a rich smooth creamy buttery taste with less fat than real butter, then this is not bad, it's very tasty on toast and can be used to make lots of other foods like cakes, biscuits and sauces.
          I give it an 8 out of 10 for taste, but won't be buying it at its normal oprice of £1.45 as I prefer to stock up when it's on offer for 50p.

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          24.03.2010 12:58
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          A very nice spread if you are health conscious!

          St Ivel Utterly Butterly


          I am a real butter girl I just love butter on my toast and my jacket spuds just aren't the same without my butter. However I do realise that it probably isn't the healthiest thing on the planet and so I do try to be good every now and then.


          ~~~ Packaging ~~~

          One of the ways in which I try to do this is to change my passion for butter to a healthier option such as St. Ivel Utterly Butterly. This comes in a deep yellow tub, as do most I suppose, with Utterly Butterly written across it in very big bold deep blue lettering, which is the only thing to make it stand out from the rest in the chiller cabinet. It also states on the tub that it contains 70% less fat than butter which is what prompted me to try it in the first place. On the base of the tub we are given the ingredients and also the nutritional information in comparison to butter.

          For example 1 serving i.e one teaspoon of Utterly Butterly will give you 37 cals as opposed to 62 cals for butter and 4.1g of fat instead of 5.7g in butter.


          ~~~ Taste ~~~

          The spread is very a creamy pale yellow colour, as you would expect, and it tastes quite nice. It has a creamy and slightly salty taste too which is quite close to the taste of butter.


          ~~~ Uses ~~~

          You use this spread in any way that you would use any normal margarine or butter. You can use it for spreading, baking, use in sauces, or for shallow frying. You can freeze this product to which is very handy if it is on offer in the supermarkets as it allows you to stock up. It is suitable for vegetarians.


          ~~ Opinion ~~~

          I have to say that I do like this spread, it is thick and creamy with a slightly salty taste that is quite similar to butter. When it is spread onto hot toast or crumpets or smothered into a jacket potato it does actually taste quite nice, however it isn't butter and I can honestly say that I have never come across anything on the market that can really replace it that successfully. So health wise I would recommend it, it is good, but it isn't the real thing.


          ~~~ Cost and Availability ~~~

          This spread can be found at all good supermarkets at a price of around £1.49. However there are many stores that are currently doing offers on this for example sainsburys at the moment are doing a buy one get one free offer at £1.49 for the 500g tubs. So it pays to shop around !


          For more product information visit: www.utterlybutterly.co.uk



          Thank you for reading this review.

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            21.03.2010 11:27
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            When I have Toast I just like to have Butter on it. On the odd occassion I have Jam, but I guess i'm not that adventurous in that way. Just a nice scraping of the yellow stuff and that is good enough for me. We always have proper Butter in the house, which I prefer to this stuff, but the wife does some baking sometimes, and we always either have this on the other brand named one of this. I use this now and again, not just because the Butter has run out, but because I like the different taste of this. It still tastes Buttery, but just not quite as much.

            This is in the chiller part of the shop, as you would imagine from this kind of product. You get this in a 500g tub, which can cost anything up to £1.49 in some places. We got this on a buy one get one free a couple of months ago, and it has a good enough best before date on it.

            The tub is alright, but since most tubs of this kind of product is a yellow colour, then it doesn't stand out that well. The writing is in blue, but again that is the usual colour scheme for this type of item.

            The taste from this is slightly creamy, perhaps a bit salty, and it does taste Buttey. It isn't quite as bad for you as butter, but it is lacking the proper Butter taste. I think things like this is nice if you don't like the harsher creamy taste that real Butter has.

            A good enough product, but most items like this taste the same and I don't think it is worth the right price for this as it isn't really much different than the supermarket own brand for this.

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            10.01.2010 22:10
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            A Bit Better For You Than Proper Butter And Yummy Too!

            They've had Utterly Butterly on offer in the shop by me for £1.00 a tub for the last few weeks so we've been buying it because that makes it's loads cheaper than Flora Buttery. None of us have a lot of butter so this is a brill bargain for us because the tub will last for ages.

            It's not exactly a low fat spread but is a lot better for you than butter and contains 70% less saturated fat than butter. It spreads good even when it's been in the fridge but in this cold weather we've been leaving ours out on top of the bread bin and it spreads even easier at room temperature.

            Utterly Butterly has got a lovely yellow colour and I always think it looks delish, a lot of spreads are mega pale but this one looks very creamy and rich.

            When you have some you can tell it's not proper butter. It's rich and has got a proper yummy flavour and I think it goes wicked melted on a jacket potato or on toast, I do like it best on hot things but a lot of that is because I'm not keen on the flavour or feel of cold butter of any brand. I have fried a mushrooms in Utterly Butterly too and they soaked up the flavour and tasted loads better than frying them in spray oil.

            I had some spread thin on a cheese butty yesterday and I liked the fact that it's not majorly greasy when it's spread cold on bread. I'm just now eating a crisp butty with Utterly Butterly spread and it's proper nice, Southern Style BBQ Sensations if you're wondering and the sandwich is yummy!

            You can bake with it too, I know my mum used it in scones the other day and they came out just as wicked as when she uses proper butter. I prefer this in a way because at least it's easier to spread, I can't complain about anything about it and thats coming from someone who really isn't a lover of butter.

            Recommended!!!

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            11.12.2009 15:28
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            Give it a whirl!

            To be honest I never used to have any type of brand loyalty when it came to margarine. I thought that they all tasted the same and I usually bought whatever was on offer. However this all changed around six months ago when I first bought Utterly Butterly.

            I saw that Utterly Butterly was on offer for £1 in my local Tesco's store. I thought this was quite a good price for 500g, so I decided to try it and to see if it lived up to the "I can't believe it's not butter" hype.

            You really can't miss this stuff on the shelf because it comes in a bright tallow container with blue writing on it.

            I must admit, that since I have started looking for it I've noticed that you often get it for a good price. There always seems to be some kind of offer running on this item in one of the major supermarkets.

            The thing I like most is that it is easy to spread and that the taste is really creamy. With other margarine brands I feel like the marg just sits there on my toast like a layer of fat, but with Utterly Butterly it melts into the bread and it tastes lovely.

            Nutritionally it is better for you than other brands. Typically 100g provides:

            Calories: 534.
            Protein: 6.3g
            Carbohydrates: 6.5g (of which sugars: 6.5g)
            Fat: 69.0g (of which saturates: 14.7g)
            Monounsaturates fat: 28.8g
            Polyunsaturates fat: 12.8g
            Fibre: Nil
            Sodium: 6.63g.

            If you haven't tried this product before then I recommend that you give it a go. It is good value, fairly low in fat (by typical margarine and butter standards) and it tastes delicious!

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            03.12.2009 18:02
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            I absolutely love this spread and think everyone should try it, or at least those who enjoy buttery tastes anyway.

            It comes in a 500g or 1kg yellow plastic tub with the claims on the side that it has 70 percent less fat than butter? Surely not!! Well apparently so, it also has other nutrition values and ingredients on the bottom of the tub. It contains buttermilk to give it that lovely buttery taste (I love butter!!).

            An Omega 3 infused version is also now available!

            The consistency and appearance of the product is that of margarine albeit slightly more yellowy. It spreads straight out of the fridge. How annoying is it when you forget to take the butter outof the fridge or get served a piece of rock hard butter at a restaurant, well no such problems with this one at all it spreads very easily and does not tear the bread thankfully when you are making sandwiches with soft bread.

            It does taste of butter, I would maybe be able to taste the difference in a blind taste test but the taste is definitely there and is a great substitute for the actual real butter thatit imitates!!

            I have used the product for spreading, shallow frying, baking and cooking and can say that the effects have been just fine, I am not sure if it ismeant for use in such things but to be honest it has worked a treat, I use it in my loaves instead of butter and had no problems up to yet.

            Nutrition, 100g, Utterly Butterly VS Butter

            ENERGY 2198kJ/534kcal 3013kJ/737kcal
            PROTEIN 0.3g 0.5g
            CARBOHYDRATE 0.5g Trace
            of which sugars 0.5g Trace
            FAT 59.0g 81.7g
            of which saturates 14.7g 54g
            of monounsaturates 28.8g 19.8g
            of polyunsaturates 12.8g 2.6g
            FIBRE Nil Nil

            so as you see compared to marge it is a lot worse but in the butter comparison it wins hands down because of the less amount of saturated fat in it.

            Another bonus is that is is also suitable for vegetarians, but of course the omega 3 version is not.

            I definitely recommend trying it, even better if it available to buy on offer, I got my last lot for a quid from Tesco and I'm sure that was an offer price.

            In summary, good for a treat now and again, not as healthy as margarine but better than butter, a nice tasting and soft spreading butter substitute.

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              02.12.2009 22:15
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              the slight taste difference is worth the sacrifice

              Utterly Butterly

              The packaging

              This comes in a yellow plastic oval shaped tub with a pop on lid. The name is written across the lid and both sides of the tub in dark blue with a small blue St Ivel trade mark. The tub I bought was 500g but it also comes in 1kg.


              The Spread

              The spread has a light yellow colour, slight;y lighter than butter. The texture is smooth but firm although it is soft enough to be spread straight from the fridge. The spread is marketed as a butter substitute and while it has a buttery flavour it does not taste like butter. On toast the spread melts well like butter but does not have the rich flavour of butter. Having said this it is not a bad taste I actually prefer it to butter as it is less salty but if you are looking for a spread which tastes like butter this is not for you.

              The main advantage Utterly Butterly has over butter is splashed all over the tub, it has 70% less fat than butter with 14.7g per 100g to butters 54g. The fat content of the spread is high at 59.0g per 100g but then it is a spread and compared to butters 81.7g it is low. As the taste is somewhat close to that of real butter I believe the benefits outweigh the loss of taste but like many things that is a personal decision to make.

              The 500g tube i bought was from Morrisons and cost £1.45, other supermarkets charge similar prices at Tesco the same tub is £1.43 although it is often on offer at £1. It is not a cheep spread but for benefit and level of taste it gives I think it is worth the money. I would recommend to anyone who is not addicted to that real butter taste and would like to make a small healthy change with not much effort.

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                02.12.2009 10:39
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                Make space in your fridge

                As I was doing my weekly shopping I was passing the dairy isle n remembered that I needed to get some butter. Having a quick look, a big yellow tub stood out. It was Utterly Butterly also known as "I can't believe it is not butter"

                It was on offer in my local supermarket Somerfield's. You were getting 2 for £1.50 great deal I thought so I picked up the two and heated to the checkout. This product is on sale at the moment in TESCOs for £1.29 each which is still a good price but not as good as Somerfield's.



                Nutritional Information:

                This is typically for 100 grams provides:
                Energy 534 kcal
                Protein 6.3 grams
                Carbohydrates 6.5 grams
                Of which sugars 6.5 gram
                Fat 69.0 grams
                Of which saturates 14.7 grams
                of which contains monounsaturates 28.8 grames
                Of which polyunsaturates 12.8 grams
                Of which contains trane 6.3 grams
                Fibre NII
                Sodium 6.63 grams

                All this information for a scrape of toast we use is a bit much so to shorten is down for you 1 tea spoon have 37 Calories and 4.1 grams of fat.




                My opinion:

                I thought I bagged a bargain at the time of purchase 2 for £1.50 for a tub containing 500 grams of butter, when else where you are paying £1.29 each elsewhere for the same makes. I think you would agree I definitely got the best deal there was.

                I found that it was easy to spread on my toast in the morning and on my bread at lunch time when I was having my sandwiches. I have found that you can also use this product for baking, sauces, shallow frying, freezing and it is also suitable for vegetarians.

                The taste is actually quite hard to explain. It does taste like butter but is does not taste overly buttery. It is made with buttermilk and is 70% less saturated fat than butter. See although that it is called Utterly Butterly is actually Marge that tastes like butter.

                I was pleasantly surprised with this butter as is much lower in nutritional values than your average butter. Other ranges of butter per 1 tea spoon serving are 52 calories and 5.7 grams of fat where as utterly butterly is 37 Calories and 4.1 grams of fat. Big difference I think you would agree.

                I would recommend this product I have not got anything bad to say about it. I would rate it 10/10. I hope my review was useful to you. Thank you for taking time to read it.

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                25.09.2009 13:22
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                For years now I've bought the same low fat spread and whenever I need some I just grab that one off the shelf in the supermarket and don't give it a second thought. My partner likes real butter and we buy that for him at the same time so last week when I went to the Co-op and noticed they had Utterly Butterly on offer for less than half price I decided we'd give that a try instead. Normally it costs £1.29 for a 500g tub but it was selling for 60p.

                Utterly Butterly is made by St Ivel and comes in a distinctive yellow tub that's oval in shape and deep. It is made with buttermilk and has 70% less saturated fat than butter. Apparently it is suitable for spreading, baking, sauces, shallow frying and freezing and is also suitable for vegetarians. The best before date on my tub is 3 months away so I'm not going to have any problems using it in time.

                Inside the tub the spread itself is a pale yellow and looks like any other low fat spread you can buy. I wasn't convinced this was going to taste buttery and I also wondered on the way home if it would be alot higher in fat than my usual spread.

                The answer to the fat is there isn't anything in it! I couldn't believe it was the same in the nutritional statistics and here they are for you: 100g provides 534 calories, 59g fat of which 14.7g saturates and not much of anything else. A 7g serving will set you back 37 calories and 4.1g fat. Now that's quite a bit of fat for a teaspoon of anything but you don't expect any spread to be particularly low in this department. I usually only eat 1-2 teaspoons of spread a day if that so I'm not terribly concerned by these fat levels as they tell us adults need 70g a day to remain healthy.

                So does it taste buttery? Well I can confirm it is much, much tastier than my usual low fat spread and does indeed have a buttery taste to it. My partner said he would be happy to switch to this from real butter because it tastes better than the one I normally buy so it suits us both. For me it's a vast improvement in taste but with no more fat but it's not as heavy or rich as real butter. It's kind of in between low fat spread and butter so it spreads easily and straight from the fridge too and tastes creamy and buttery but without all the fat of butter. For my partner it is an acceptable alternative to real butter that's tasty enough for him to enjoy.

                I'm definitely impressed with this product and have tried it on toast, sandwiches, baked potatoes and in mashed potatoes so far and it passes the taste test with flying colours. It is also better for my partner as it hasn't got so much saturated fat and it's one of the few low fat spreads he will actually eat.

                Highly recommended for a tasty spread, I'll be buying it again!

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                  08.09.2009 13:37
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                  It is a good spread.

                  I have to admit that I am becoming obsessed with bargain hunting and I am sure that I am not the only one by any means. As I write this review Utterly Butterly is yet again on offer at Lidl's for 50p a tub (500g) , now that has to be a bumper bargain. The tubs have a long date stamp on them and last time I bought four and this time I shall buy four, that will see me through the next six weeks or so.

                  Buttered toast, buttered crumpets, buttered teacakes, all lovely fodder but food that we have to eat sparingly. If I buy real butter then there is a great temptation to overdo it and that is when the scales start to groan.
                  But even Utterly butterly is no saint in terms of calorific value, 100g of Utterly Butterly 534 calories and 100g of butter 737 calories, so we still need to be mindful of just how much spread we are using on our toast.

                  I love the bright St Ivel packaging, the sunshine yellow carton is friendly and welcoming. The carton is well designed and the lid lifts off easily. Inside of the carton the creamy spread is initially covered with a sheet of foil to ensure that it remains sterile.
                  Utterly Butterly is a versatile spread and can be used for baking, shallow frying and sauces as well as being just a spread.
                  The product is suitable for vegetarians and you can freeze it.

                  Utterly Butterly is made using buttermilk and St Ivel state that it has 70% less saturated fat than butter, it contains no hydrogenated fat and very few trans fatty acids.

                  I do not even pretend to know how others go about choosing their spreads but I find that all of the information that is written on the packs is more or less double Dutch to me, I go by taste and taste alone. Of course if you have specific dietary needs then that is a different matter altogether.

                  Some of the cheap and cheerful spreads have a very synthetic and unpleasant taste, they seem to be oily and the only thing that they do well is to moisten the toast, they do not enhance the flavour at all.
                  If I am going to eat buttered toast then at least I would like it to taste good !

                  St Ivel Utterly Butterly is quite a firm spread, as you put the knife into the carton it loads well, some of the softer spreads are incredibly difficult to handle.
                  Utterly Butterly has a mild `buttery` smell, one that is pleasant and fresh.
                  It is salted but you can only just and just pick up on that issue.
                  When you spread it onto any hot toast it sits on the surface and melts away gently just like real fresh butter and as it melts it smells good too.

                  Real butter is delicious but you have to keep it in the fridge, on more than one occasion I have stuck the butter dish into the microwave ( just to soften the butter ) , turned my back for a second too long and I have ended up with a butter dish full of oil ! So frustrating.
                  At least with spreads they are ready to use at the drop of a hat, even if the bread is fresh from the bakery the Utterly Butterly is spreadable.

                  As St Ivel state it works well for making sauces and I often make Welsh cakes which need to be shallow fried and the Utterly Butterly frys them to perfection, giving them a good golden crust.

                  Butters or spreads are a very personal thing, one mans meat is another mans poison . I have my real favourite, one of them being Utterly Butterly and there are spreads that I find unpalatable.
                  If calories and fats were not so much of an issue then I would buy fresh butter but given all the hype I will stick with the next best thing...St Ivel Utterly Butterly.

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                    07.05.2009 10:19
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                    A very good alternative to butter.

                    Despite the fact that I don't often have butter or margarine myself I always keep a tub of Utterly Butterly in the fridge, not only because it contains 70% less of the nasty saturated fat that will fuzz up your arteries but also because it tastes very nice and is as versatile as any butter.

                    Utterly Butterly is one brand of spread which constantly seems to be on special offer, if it's not an especially flashed pack in an independent shop then it will be one of the supermarkets selling it for a fraction of its usual price.

                    It spreads very easily even from the fridge, just five minutes ago I spead a little onto some very fresh bread and it didn't so much as snag the crumbs on top of the slice let alone put holes in my breakfast bread! I love watching it melt on toast as the spread itself is such a delicious and rich yellow colour that it looks quite luxurious as it melts and it gives me the buttery smell that I enjoy so much.

                    Taste wise it really is rather buttery in flavour. To be completely honest most people would tell the difference straight away, but as a lower fat healthier spread then this is a pretty good alternative to butter. I have eaten it on toast, bread, baked potatoes, stirred through vegetables and any other way that I'd use butter really. Never have I had a problem with it and the spread has always impressed me with its creamy flavour and texture.

                    I also find Utterly Butterly is absolutely fine for cooking with, obviously the quality isn't quite there to make it the main ingredient in a special buttery sauce but for baking it is absolutely fine and not only tastes the same as butter but also slashes the fat content in your cooking.

                    I cannot recommend Utterly Butterly highly enough, for between £1 and £1.25 you will get a 500g tub which will last just about forever if you live alone like me! I find it keeps very well providing you remember to put the lid on properly and keep it in the fridge. If you are trying to cut your saturated fat down then you could do much worse than invest in a tub of Utterly Butterly.

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