We loved this concept, but Delavignes didn’t have enough distribution for their dairy-free butter oil. It’s made with coconut instead of olive oil, but Nutiva’s Butter Flavor Coconut Oil is equally delicious and still available.
The labeling gets me, since butter oil is often a reference to ghee, but Delavignes’ dairy-free butter oil is all olive with just a touch of vegan butter essence. Nothing more.
Housed in attractive slender bottles, the Delavignes dairy-free butter oil arrived at my home somewhat cool and solidified. Not great for pouring, but a neat feature for behaving like a butter alternative. Simply let sit at room temperature to liquefy, pour some into a bowl and chill to set up! But here is what this simple olive oil looks like at room temperature.
Delavignes dairy-free butter oil does indeed have a warm, underlying buttery flavor that even permeates the rich mouth feel. Overall, it has a nice well-rounded yet poignant taste, due to the lightly grassy undertones of the olive oil itself. Because it is a “regular” refined olive oil, rather than extra-virgin, it is suitable for sauteing, baking and even roasting. We used it to make roasted creamy yellow potatoes, and had no issues with smoke point – in fact, the resultant wedges were tender and positively delicious. It also added a nice compliment, as a straight drizzle, to some flavorful dairy-free ravioli we were sampling.
The Facts on Delavignes Dairy-Free Butter Oil
Price: $12 per 8.5-ounce bottle
Certifications: Delavignes Dairy-Free Butter Oil is Certified Kosher Pareve.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Delavignes Dairy-Free Butter Oil appear to be dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian (I was unable to verify ingredients for all online). Nonetheless, 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 Olive Oil Factory website at www.greatoil.com.
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Buttery versatile olive oil
This versatile olive oil does indeed have a light buttery flavor and mouth feel. We found that it worked well for drizzling, roasting and sauteing, without a “smoke point” issue and think that it could also work nicely in adding richness to baked goods. The only downfalls, in our opinions, were the slight yet notable grassy olive oil flavor that seemed to compete, rather than melding with the buttery flavor, and the higher price tag for a refined olive oil. The bottle is beautiful (and gift-worthy), but we would need a more feasible price point for regular home use.