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People learning to read and then getting upset to discover Elmlea isn’t cream

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TheoGB Tue 20-Feb-18 16:03:37

AIBU to be annoyed by them???

It’s written on the packet. I can’t really understand why people are so annoyed. “I bought this cream substitute by accident and it was shit” seems like fairly average stuff. Getting angry about it seems odd; having consumed enough of it while not liking it that you feel aggrieved is just WTAF territory.

SaucyJack Tue 20-Feb-18 16:07:46

Elmlea is national fucking disgrace. It isn't even cheap.


NorbertTheDragon Tue 20-Feb-18 16:12:50

I only recently discovered it wasn't cream (probably on here)

The only reason I didn't know is because I very very rarely buy cream, and if I ever do I'd buy supermarkets own brand.

At least that means I'm not angry about it!

TheoGB Tue 20-Feb-18 16:13:49

SaucyJack I’m referencing everyone who has been using it for ages but only just read what it was on the packet

falsepriest Tue 20-Feb-18 16:13:56

Dunno who you are pal.

TheoGB Tue 20-Feb-18 16:14:12

SaucyJack It’s great in coffee

MorelloKisses Tue 20-Feb-18 16:15:19

just out of interest (I've never bought it), what is it?

PaperdollCartoon Tue 20-Feb-18 16:16:07

Equally annoying are the people who know it’s not cream but therefore think it’s dairy free. It’s not.

TheoGB Tue 20-Feb-18 16:17:30

falsepriest I certainly know who you are, pal wink

PleaseDontGoadTheToad Tue 20-Feb-18 16:17:53

I had no idea it wasn't cream until I read this thread shock

Every day's a school day.

MissionItsPossible Tue 20-Feb-18 16:18:05

I've never used it but I thought it was cream. Don't they sell it in single and double varieties? Maybe one of those things where they can claim innocence but really, they are trying to sell it as such and rely on people not reading the label? I suppose it depends if it sits alongside real cream in the shops could be totally off the mark as I've never even tasted it

KolintheKaterpillar Tue 20-Feb-18 16:19:03

I've used it for years. Can't tell the difference.

correctpiece Tue 20-Feb-18 16:19:15

DH made this mistake. Once. He said he'd have it, he threw it out after one taste.

gimmesomeapachepizza Tue 20-Feb-18 16:20:25

It is "cream" in the sense that margerine and buttery spreads are "butter".

It's vile

Littlepleasures Tue 20-Feb-18 16:20:35

I was pissed when I realised Lurpack was only 64% butter after I’d been using it for years. Spreadable butter to me meant butter that spreads easily, not butter mixed with vegetable oil. Still shudder with indignation when I pass by it in the supermarket.

Naty1 Tue 20-Feb-18 16:21:50

Grr i thought it was cream and have likely given to my soy allergic child. Thought was a brand name.

correctpiece Tue 20-Feb-18 16:23:56

Yes, MIL swears that Lurpak Spreadable is butter... It has rapeseed oil in it!

safariboot Tue 20-Feb-18 16:25:21

Spreadable butter to me meant butter that spreads easily

In my experience there's no such thing. There are a couple of brands that do a pure butter they claim is spreadable but it really isn't. As you've found, most of the brands blend the butter with oil to make it spreadable.

I've known for ages that Elmlea isn't real cream.

SaskaTchewan Tue 20-Feb-18 16:26:32

Never heard of it before, must have bypassed it in the supermarket, it's pretty clear it's not cream.

if people just buy any rubbish because it's cheaper, I have no sympathy for them. You don't need cream everyday, you can keep it as a luxury treat once in a while if you are that broke.

Zaphodsotherhead Tue 20-Feb-18 16:26:38

I sell a fucktonne (actual measurement) of this in the shop where I work. I actually did tell one person it wasn't real cream and they were horrified. I think people are buying it thinking it's real...

No idea why they think we'd sell this and real cream right next to each other...

BarbaraofSevillle Tue 20-Feb-18 16:28:06

Do people not read packets? It doesn't even say cream on the tub of Elmlea except in barely visible writing that it's 'an alternative to cream' so I don't really know why people would even think it was cream.

It's like picking up a can of Whiskas and thinking there's a cat in there because there's a picture of one on the front.

Little Actual lurpak is 100% butter, but the stuff in tubs is fairly clear that it's not 100% butter.

No wonder most of the food in our supermarkets is full of crap when half the population accept things so unthinkingly and go round with their eyes shut anyway.

(No offence to the visually impaired intended and I expect a flaming for expecting people to think for themselves anyway)

SaskaTchewan Tue 20-Feb-18 16:31:30

Elmlea, a blend of buttermilk and vegetable oils, is an alternative to cream. It has fewer calories than cream and also lasts longer in the fridge.
it sounds grim.

It's like picking up a can of Whiskas and thinking there's a cat in there because there's a picture of one on the front.

apostropheuse Tue 20-Feb-18 16:31:38

I've always known it isn't real cream and feel very smug about that! Ialso know about Lurpak spreadable. Even smugger.

People just don't read!

gimmesomeapachepizza Tue 20-Feb-18 16:33:38

Spreadable butter to me meant butter that spreads easily

It's butter that has been mixed with other things to make it spread easily. Which means its not butter any more

CuboidalSlipshoddy Tue 20-Feb-18 16:33:41

As you've found, most of the brands blend the butter with oil to make it spreadable.

The President one is blended with cream. It's spreadable-ish from the fridge.

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