Friday, February 21, 2014

Melt Butter Review & Giveaway!



End Date: Feb. 28, 2014   ** Winner: Shoumita F. **
Prize:  (1) MELT Organic prize package which includes:
                   1 cutting board,
                   1 spreader and
                   2 VIP coupons for free MELT Organic Spread

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OK, I'm kind of a bread junkie.  I don't go for chocolate or ice cream.  I like bread!  Especially warm, homemade bread with butter.

We have been using Smart Balance butter for a while and we've looked for butter replacements when one my kids was allergic to milk.  He's now outgrown this allergy but we have recently found out that my youngest boy, Super D., is lactose intolerant.  Needless to say, I'm always looking for the healthiest butter spreads and ones that Super D. can have, which means I'm always reading the ingredients list on the back of packages. This is kind of the first elimination round on packaged or processed foods. I had a hard time reading the small print on the Melt container.  I wish it had been printed a bit easier to read as I bet many people are interested in the ingredients when choosing this buttery spread over others.

So what is it made of? Here is an excerpt from their website --
Rich & Creamy MELT® Organic
  • Ideal balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids – 2:1
  • Good daily source of Omega 3 ALA’s at 425 mg – 26% RDA per serving
  • Good daily source of Vitamin E – 15% RDA per serving
  • Certified Organic and Kosher
  • Certified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project
  • Absolutely no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
  • Trans Fat Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Lactose and Casein Free
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
Rich & Creamy MELT Organic Ingredients: Expeller-pressed organic oil blend (virgin coconut oil*, palm fruit oil, canola oil, high-oleic sunflower oil, flaxseed oil), water,  sea salt, organic ghee (clarified butter), natural flavor, tocopherols, sunflower lecithin, organic annatto. CONTAINS MILK. *Fair for Life Fair Trade certified ingredient at least 20% fair trade content.
Naturally Sweetened Honey MELT® Organic
-Organic Wildflower Honey
-Organic Cinnamon
-Dairy Free
Plus All the Goodness of MELT Organic:
  • Ideal balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids – 2:1
  • Good daily source of Omega 3 ALA’s at 425 mg – 26% RDA per serving
  • Good daily source of Vitamin E – 15% RDA per serving
  • Certified Organic and Kosher
  • Certified Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Absolutely no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
  • Trans Fat Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
Honey MELT Organic Ingredients: Expeller-pressed organic oil blend (virgin coconut oil*, palm fruit oil, canola oil, high-oleic sunflower oil, flaxseed oil), water, organic wildflower honey, sea salt, natural flavors, organic vanilla extract, organic cinnamon powder, tocopherols, sunflower lecithin, organic annatto.  *Fair for Life Fair Trade certified ingredient at least 20% fair trade content.

I received a coupon from MELT and purchased the Rich and Creamy as well as the Naturally Sweetened Honey.  There is also a chocolate version I did not try.  I had to go to another city to buy them as none of the stores nearby are carrying it as of yet. Bummer. So, after getting home I whipped out my magnifying glass, going directly to the allergen list first, I see that both of these spreads contain "tree nut". That's a major bummer, because my older son is allergic to all nuts.

The Rich and Creamy, regular spread contains milk. I initially thought that was strike two for my other son who is lactose intolerant. However, it also says on the side of the tub that it is "Lactose and Casein Free".  In that case, this would be a great butter alternative for Super D. I would have loved to find a new spread that tastes good AND everyone can have, if it hadn't been for the tree nuts.

Now, I just noticed that the ingredients and nutritional labels are available on the MELT website and they don't list tree nut as an allergen for the honey spread. ???  I don't know what this means. Maybe the formula has changed? This is important stuff and it's proving a bit confusing.

My other consideration is price. I buy the Smart Balance for a cost of about .1145 cents/oz. The MELT Organic comes to about .3069 cents/oz. Smart Balance is not organic but does have some similar features.

One half fresh bread; one half toasted.

Anyway, on to the taste test. We tasted the regular spread, Rich and Creamy MELT, on warm, homemade bread. My favorite.  It tasted great, very similar to the Smart Balance spread we normally use.  It was easy to spread and melted great. Next, we tried the Honey MELT.  We had mixed reviews on this one. The adults, probably used to the flavor of real honey-butter, felt it tasted a bit less natural. The kids totally loved it.

I've received an update: upon further tastings, my husband has decided he loved the honey flavor too! Also, my kids think the little spreader is the neatest thing in the world.

So if you'd like to try this for yourself, sign up for the make|me|studio and Melt® Organic, Butter 2.0 Reader Giveaway.  Giveaway end Feb. 28, 2014.

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PRIZES: One (1) winning entrant will be randomly selected to win a MELT Organic prize package which includes 1 cutting board, 1 spreader and 2 VIP coupons for free MELT Organic Spread. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Prize package is nontransferable.
See additional rules and restrictions on giveaway page.

*Disclosure* The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting my review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

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