Country Crock has been making dairy based buttery spreads for some time now but it’s only been recently that they have dabbled into the non-dairy, vegan plant-based buttery spreads. Today we’re going to look at the buttery spread with olive oil and get a better idea of what it tastes like and how it stacks up nutritionally to see if it’s a staple you want to add to your fridge to spread on your favorite vegan breads. If you’re ready to check out what others are saying or how much this Country Crock Plant Butter is running these days, head over HERE.
First, let me just say that I used to eat Country Crock growing up so I have a fondness for the soft churned buttery whip that always seemed like soft, spreadable butter straight from the counter top even if it just came from the fridge. So, when it comes to the taste of the Country Crock Plant Butter with Olive Oil, there was a high level of comparison here. 😉
When I first dove into the tub of the vegan butter, I was **shocked** at how soft and smooth it was – literally just like I remember the classic Country Crock Butter and so so SO much softer than their main competitor, Earth Balance Plant-Based Vegan Buttery Spread. There’s a rich buttery flavor that’s slightly salted (but doesn’t taste salty). I was shocked at how easily it spread on toast, bread, even soft room temperature muffins. It doesn’t pool in large globs (unless you’re a super thick vegan butter spreader) which is great and makes the eating experience all that more enjoyable.
I tried the Country Crock Plant Butter with Olive Oil and it would be best for breads, toast, and sautés but I think the super mild olive oil/savory taste would not hold up well in baking and in that case, I’d suggest the Country Crock Plant-Based Buttery Spread with Almond Oil. Both have such a subtle but delightful flavor that really adds depth to the vegan butter scene. Also, if you are looking for the most spreadable vegan butter straight from the fridge, the Country Crock Plant-Based Buttery Spread is the best one I’ve tried without a doubt. Check out the Country Crock Plant Butter HERE.
Each tablespoon of Country Crock Plant Butter contains 100 calories from fat (after all, it is a full on buttery spread). There are no carbohydrates and no protein as it’s purely an oil/fat product with 11 grams of total fat. There are 4 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of polyunsaturated fat, and 3 grams of monounsaturated fat. Now…what does all of that mean??
Well first – let’s take a look at the oil blend…soybean, palm kernel, olive oil, palm fruit, and extra virgin olive oil.
Monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fats are considered healthier than saturated fat and trans fat. Both mono and poly fats are liquid at room temperature and harden when cold – so think the soybean primarily in the Country Crock Plant Butter. The olive oil is also a great source of the healthier fats and contains both but is obviously not a solid at room temperature. The palm fruit is the primary source of the 4 grams of saturated fat per serving.
Speaking of fats, there are many vegans who do not consume palm fruit as it has been known to be disruptive and destructive to the rain forests. Because of this, many people following a vegan lifestyle would choose an alternative buttery spread without palm fruit and palm kernel oils. However, many people who simply eat vegetarian or vegan to include more plant-based foods in their diet, could and would still consume Country Crock Plant Butter.
There is salt added to vegan plant-based buttery spread and in one tablespoon, you’ll find 105mg sodium which is a considerable amount but would be comparable to salted butter which has about 90mg of sodium per tablespoon. Some people will find that it tastes salty but I find that the saltiness complements the rich creaminess of the fat. So if you like salted butter that’s soft and pillowy smooth, you’ll love Country Crock Plant Butter with Olive Oil as a vegan, plant-based alternative.
In case you are curious, this is the nutrition panel and ingredient list for the plant-based, vegan buttery spread. I will also put the ingredients for the original spread below if the picture is too difficult to see for anyone.
Country Crock Plant Butter with Olive Oil Spread Ingredients:
Blend Of Plant-Based Oils (Soybean, Palm Kernel, Olive, Palm Fruit And Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Water, Salt, Faba Bean Protein, Soy Lecithin, Lactic Acid, Natural Flavor, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color)
Country Crock Plant Butter is a super soft and smooth vegan, plant-based alternative to butter for those who eat plant-based. If you support a vegan lifestyle in whole, you may look for an alternative like Kite Hill or Forager that does contain palm fruit which has been linked to deforestation and many vegans choose to not purchase items made from palm fruit. The organic Earth Balance has organically sourced ingredients like palm fruit and may be a better alternative. However, when it comes to taste and being used in baking, Earth Balance is a fantastic replacement for salted butter. It’s just salty enough and has a great mild taste. The oil blend combination is truly fantastic and goes well in everything from buttered toast, sauteed vegetables, and cooked in your favorite bakery items. Find Country Crock Plant Butter HERE.
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