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I always tend to buy the low fat margarines over butter as for me they generally last me a lot longer and tend to be a bit healthier. I decided to try this one when I last went shopping as I have never tried it before and it was on offer for only £1 for a 500g tub.
--- The Package ---
The margarine comes in a bright yellow a light blue plastic container that is 13.5cm x 8.5cm x 7cm in size. This seems to be the standard dimensions for most margarine tubs now. The tub has a lid that comes off the top with reasonable ease to reveal the full tub of margarine. The graphics and design of the tub make it quite eye catching and there is text all over it that states how much healthier it is meant to be.
--- The Margarine ---
The margarine is a dull yellow colour which has a slightly sweet smell which to me smells no different to any other margarine that I have tried. My container was filled to the top and then had a piece of foil over the top to protect the margarine from contamination.
As it is stored in the fridge, I always prefer a margarine that can be spread easily straight from the fridge. I have found that this margarine is good in this respect as even when chilled, it is easy to spread over bread, toast and crumpets without too much effort. This means that I am able to use less per serving, which makes it last longer and makes it healthier per serving.
I find that the margarine has a slightly sweet taste and has a slightly creamy texture. This is quite nice as it makes it nice to eat on sandwiches, toast and crumpets, either alone or with other toppings.
I have had this 500g tub for over a month now and it has only just ran out. This shows really good longevity as I used it for toast/crumpets and for sandwiches every day.
--- Healthiness ---
Per 10g serving (apparently 2 teaspoons), it contains 35 calories, trace sugar, 3.8g of fat and 0.2g of salt. This is not too bad for a margarine as I have had other "Light" spreads before and they have not been very healthy at all, whereas this seems to be quite healthy per serving. It is meant to have 35% less fat than the normal version of the spread and 75% less saturated fat than butter.
--- Overall Opinion ---
Overall this is a nice spread that can be used for many uses and has a nice taste to it. It is reasonably healthy and it is easy to spread on food, which helps cut down portion sizes and makes it last longer. I am going to give it 5/5 as it is worth the price paid and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a good, healthy spread.
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I love butter however I tend to not buy it very often at all cos I know the stuff is bad for me but I love to eat it sadly!
Cos I like buttery tasting spreads but without the high calories and fat content I do often look out for spreads such as this and as I hadn't tried it before I decided to give it a try last time I spotted it in Asda.
The packaging of this is a light blue and yellow plastic tub with a pull on/off lid to the tops of it and under that there is a peel off silver foil lid. On the top and sides of the tub we are told that it is I can't Believe It's Not Butter Light '75% less saturated fat than butter' and that it is 38% vegetable fat spread with buttermilk and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on the lid. Other information on the tub includes advice on what you can use it for, the ingredients are listed as well as being told that it is suitable for Vegetarians (though not Vegans mind you), there is a full nutritional chart shown and contact details for Unilever (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice enough and informative tub this is and I am also told on my tub that the size I bought was 500ml.
The Spread Itself:
Buttery and fairly salty this light yellow butter like spread really does need storing in the fridge as at room temperature it melts really badly saying that though straight out the fridge this is really easy to spread anyway. Yes it tastes creamy enough but like I just stated yes it is rather well seasoned and its not greasy in appearance or in taste and this isn't only suitable for spreading but also for using in baking and frying and you can also freeze this if you want to as well.
I like this and the fact it doesn't comprise on a creamy taste at all and is still low in fat!
Nutritional Information Per 2 Teaspoons (10g):
This is available in all good supermarkets priced at about £1.15 a tub (for the size I bought) and this is also available in different sizes too!
I cant believe its not butter has always had a fond place in my heart, and you will always find a tub in my fridge. When the 'light' version came out, it instantly put a smile on my face, this stuff has half the calories, which means each day i have 100'ish spare calories to eat, a kitkat soon fills that hole. Now just to let you know, the packaging has changed a bit from the picture at the top of the review, it now comes in a rectangular tub which is light blue & yellow. The full fat version is dark blue & yellow.
The first time i ever tried it, i actually sat back and said "I can't believe it's not butter" It really does taste remarkably like the real thing. These guys have hit the nail on the head making the light version, it still tastes buttery, just like the original, but this its a lot easier to spread, which is a bonus when you're late for work.
I am all for cutting down on the calories, and with only 35 calories in two teaspoons of butter, you don't feel guilty at all having a little extra! Containing 36% less fat than the original, these have done very well not to lose any taste.
The pack states that its made with real buttermilk, sounds good, but when you go to the back of the tub, you realise its just 1% butter milk, i'd love to know their secret ingredient to keep the buttery taste.
Perfect on toast, teacakes, crumpets and more, put some in your mash and you are sure to score. This stuff is great!
This is a very good all rounder, don't try frying with it though, it doesn't work, i tried.
All in all a good margarine, that's pretty much all there is to say
We usually buy Olive butter but when we see an offer on I can't believe it's not butter we have a change while the offer is on. This spread tends to be more expensive than our usual choice but when it is on offer it is an absolute steal!
It is on offer again and my other half was the one that went shopping this last time and he was unsure which we preferred the light or normal version and so got two of each. It is this one we prefer as it is less salty tasting and has a creamier taste than the original version of the spread.
I can't say that I have used it for baking yet, I haven't done much of late but it is fantastic in mashed potatoes!
This is far lighter than butter and a bit lighter then the original version and as a lot of people will be on New Years diets at the moment it is a way of chopping a few grams of fat and salt from your diet without any effort at all.
Usually the light/diet versions are less tasty and seem like you are depriving yourself but that is untrue with this product.
It spreads really easily straight from the fridge too!
Why don't you look out for the offer like us too.
Firstly I'd like to point out the picture of the tub for this product doesn't look like the picture above anymore. It is now rectangular like the standard I Can't Believe It's Not Butter but instead of a royal blue on the blue areas it is a pale blue, to symbolise lighter I guess!
I've been a fan of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter for some time now, it really does taste buttery and when our local supermarkets both started stocking the light version for an offer price of 55p for a 500g tub I immediately bought a couple because I always like to go for lower fat options wherever possible.
The light version compares to the standard version by being 75% less saturated fat than butter rather than being 60% less saturated fat. Per 100g it has 354 calories, 38.0g fat of which 11.0g saturates whereas the standard one has 536 calories and 59.0g fat of which 19.9g saturates for the same amount. That's a noticeable saving on fat and calories so I was very pleased with myself for finding this.
You can freeze it for up to 3 months then it must be eaten within one month after defrosting and it's great for spreading onto bread or crackers but it isn't recommended for frying or baking. I don't often bake so it doesn't matter to me this can't be used for that.
It looks and smells exactly the same as the standard version with a light yellow colour very similar to butter and a creamy buttery scent wafting out of the tub once it's opened.
So how does it compare on the taste test? Honestly if I didn't know this was the light version I wouldn't guess from the taste. It is salty like butter and creamy and buttery just like butter and in fact just like the standard I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. I couldn't believe they've managed to keep the same great taste with even less of the calories and fat in there.
The only difference I can find apart from the packaging colour is the way it spreads. If the standard version is left in the fridge before use it can be a bit too hard to spread whereas this light version spreads fine directly from the fridge. I think this is because it contains more buttermilk than the standard version so is slightly softer but you wouldn't know this if you didn't have the standard version to compare it to.
Full price is about £1.10 a tub as my offer tubs were half price and I will definitely be buying more even at full price. The taste when compared to other vegetable spreads is far superior and really does taste like butter, the texture is thick and creamy and the fact it has as little fat as other light options makes it an absolute winner in my eyes. I gave this to my partner without telling him it was a light version and he had no clue and normally he opts for full fat everything!
Overall I recommend this to anyone who likes a buttery taste but doesn't like the excessive amount of fat and calories that go with butter. It's a perfect product for helping with those new year lose weight resolutions and means we don't have to compromise on taste. Thoroughly recommended.