Alisa Fleming ~ I featured this product as my personal recommendation in the fall 2012 issue of Allergic Living magazine, so I thought it was about time that I included a review here on Go Dairy Free!
First the bad news: Original Melt Buttery Spread is not dairy- free. I don’t know why they have chosen to take this odd route, but the damage is done.
Now for the good news: Honey Melt Buttery Spread is dairy-free! It’s also soy-free, gluten-free, organic, and kosher. The good news just keeps on coming, doesn’t it?
So what makes Honey Melt buttery spread different? It is …
… lightly sweetened with organic honey (sorry, it isn’t vegan!) and coconut nectar, but still low in sugars (2g per serving).
… 100% certified organic, kosher, and naturally soy-free.
… made with organic virgin coconut oil and a blend of what the Melt folks call “an ideal balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3″ fats, consisting of flaxseed, hi-oleic sunflower, palm fruit and canola oils.
Even though I was a little bummed that the regular Melt buttery spread contains dairy, I was pleased with the light sweetness, rich mouth feel, and touch of cinnamon that Honey Melt imparted on warm from the toaster waffles (homemade and dairy-free of course!). It spread with ease, and as they say on their website, I really didn’t even feel the need to add syrup.
From the refrigerator, Melt Honey buttery spread is quite firm, and works well where cold butter or shortening are called for (such as biscuits or scones). However, it does soften up nicely at room temperature and can be whipped for more of a creamy texture.
As a baking test, I used Honey Melt in my Oatmeal Apple Crisp Recipe and the end results were delicious.
I have seen Melt buttery spread at Whole Foods, though the Honey version seems a little harder to come by. Nonetheless, it is comparably priced to the other dairy-free margarines, so I recommend giving it a try if you locate it and are up for something new.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, this buttery spread is Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, and Peanut-Free. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement prior to consumption, and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Melt Buttery Sprea website at www.meltbutteryspread.com.