My husband is known as the butter king. That should be margarine to be exact. It isn’t a title I would have him aspire to continue. Unfortunately, after 63 years of the same old thing, I doubt he is going to change his ways much now.
He eats margarine on almost everything from bread to soup. I actually find it a bit disgusting myself but who am I to judge?
I prefer to use I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter or something made with yogurt myself. However, my husband is a big Blue Bonnet fan. I do like using their product when I make chocolate chip cookies.
We buy Blue Bonnet in the 1-lb. size, which consists of four sticks. A serving size is considered to be 1 tbsp. That means there are 32 servings in each box of Blue Bonnet.
One serving equals 70 calories, all of which come from fat. That includes 8 grams of fat total. 2.5 grams come from polyunsaturated fat; 2 grams from monounsaturated fat, 1.5 grams from saturated fat and 1 gram from trans fat.
The good news is that Blue Bonnet contains no carbs, cholesterol, or sugar. It does; however, contain 125 milligrams of sodium.
Blue Bonnet offers no protein but does provide 6% of the daily-recommended amount of vitamin A. Unfortunately, that is its only nutritional value.
Ingredients inside Blue Bonnet includes artificial flavor, beta carotene, dried whey, flaxseed oil, liquid soybean oil, milk, natural flavor, salt, vegetable oil (53%) and water. It also includes artificial color, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, mono and digylcerides, soy lecithin, phosphoric acid, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate.
Compared to butter, Blue Bonnet provides 30 less calories, 3 fewer grams of fat, and no cholesterol (versus 30 milligrams with butter).
Blue Bonnet is a food product of ConAgra Foods out of Omaha, Nebraska. This smooth and creamy butter alternative has been a part of the American food scene for over 60 years. It is a name that consumers trust.
To make my chocolate chip cookies with Blue Bonnet, you will need several additional ingredients. These include .5 cup of shortening, .5 cup of Blue Bonnet, 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1.5 tsp. of salt, 1 cup of white sugar, .5 cup of light brown sugar (packed), 2 eggs, 1 tsp. of .5 package of Nestle’s Semi-Sweet morsels.
Mix the dry ingredients together in bowl and blend thoroughly. In another bowl, add the Blue Bonnet, shortening, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixture until everything is well blended and the batter is smooth.
Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and continue whipping until everything is blended and smooth. Then add the chocolate chips and stir with a spoon.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While it heats, lightly grease a cookie sheet and put small teaspoons of cookie batter onto the sheet, about three per row or one dozen cookies total.
Place the batter in the oven and cook for 12 minutes. Check. In some instances, it may be necessary to allow more time for cooking. Do not; however, cook beyond 15 minutes or the cookies will be dry and hard.
Remove the finished cookies. Serve alone, with ice cream or milk.
Here is my Blue Bonnet summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. When it comes to taste, it is hard to beat Blue Bonnet. I actually prefer it to real butter.
Appearance: 5 Stars. This butter is rich, smooth, creamy and perfectly colored. It looks authentic because in a way it is.
Freshness: 5 stars. Blue Bonnet will last quite a while in the refrigerator. However, the company prints a “use by” date on each carton. That informs the grocer and the consumer when to discard the product for safety reasons.
Nutrition: 4 stars. This product is somewhat high in fat and should be avoided by those needing to cut their fat content. On the other hand, unlike butter, Blue Bonnet contains no cholesterol and offers fewer calories.
I like that it contains no sugar or carbs. Even the sodium content is within acceptable range. However, since Blue Bonnet offers no protein or fiber value and only aids in vitamin A content, it has only a little nutritional value.
Green value: 5 stars. Packaging for Blue Bonnet is biodegradable.
Packaging: 5 stars. Blue Bonnet packaging is yellow and blue. It is bright and cheery and gains consumer attention. The Blue Bonnet logo is printed on the front and the name Blue Bonnet is emblazoned across the package. Blue and red print make sure the customer can read the important info. This product should be easy to locate in the grocer’s refrigerated cabinet.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The box measures 5″ by 5″ by just over 1″ in depth. Left boxed, Blue Bonnet will still fit well in the refrigerator. Removed from the package, the sticks can fit into just about any fridge nook or cranny.
Availability: 5 stars. Blue Bonnet is widely sold. It can be found in most grocery stores as well as discount department stores with a large food section. It can also be found in some drug stores with a refrigerated cabinet and in some convenience stores as well.
Price: 5 stars. Blue Bonnet is one of the least expensive products of its type. We buy ours for less than $1 at the commissary. That works out to $.25 a stick, which is a real bargain.
Product purchase probability: 5 star. This is the margarine in my fridge. I don’t use anything else.
Final rating: 4.9 stars. Blue Bonnet has been around for so long because it’s a good product.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor