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Swap your usual spread for Flora Buttery and you could win a £200 John Lewis voucher NOW CLOSED

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 18-Oct-13 14:45:46

We've been asked by Flora to find 200 MNers to try out Flora Buttery spread over the course of a couple of weeks.

Flora says: "Lovingly blended for a flavoursome buttery taste, Flora Buttery has a splash of buttermilk mixed in with our natural sunflower goodness. So you can smooth it over toast, daub it on hot asparagus or melt it into spuds for a little extra indulgence. It’s also great for baking and even pan-frying, so we’d love you to give it a try and let us know what you think"

Those selected will be given a voucher, which can be used to buy Flora Buttery 500g at most major supermarkets.

Selected testers will then need to swap their regular spread, butter or oil for Flora and use it for cooking, baking and spreading over the 2-week period.

This product test is open to all UK MNers with at least one child living at home.

The testing period will be from 4th to 17th November. During this time, you'll need to post your feedback on a thread on MN. Please only sign up if you and your family are available to take part during this time period.

If you'd like to take part, please sign up here.

Thanks and good luck,


Kveta Fri 18-Oct-13 14:54:53

signed up!

MissPlumBroughtALadder Fri 18-Oct-13 15:16:10

God this is insane! I cannot believe you encouraging people to use a nasty chemical mess containing oxidised fatty acids instead of something natural like butter! Nutritional science is firmly reaching the consensus that saturated fat is not harmful, and that it is damaged plant oils, such as those used in spreads like this, which contribute to inflammatory disease processes like heart disease.
Speaking as a nutritionist I am really disappointed to see this spread being promoted on Mumsnet. I think the most 'family friendly' message you could be imparting would be to eat real food, not something created in a factory and containing ingredients which, throughout human history, have never been consumed in the manner or quantity being presented here.

PolterGoose Sat 19-Oct-13 16:17:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

florencebabyjo Sun 20-Oct-13 16:25:10

I am interested to taste this as no margerine I have ever had tasted anything like butter.

aaaaagh Sun 20-Oct-13 23:52:19

signed up.

magnumicelolly Mon 21-Oct-13 11:07:04

Agree with Miss Plum. I won't change from 'my usual spread' (butter!) to flora for even a guaranteed £200! Ta very much anyway!

KateCroydon Mon 21-Oct-13 11:07:47

I am not swapping butter for anything. Delicious, delicious butter. Scurries off to toast a crumpet.

Ughughugh Mon 21-Oct-13 12:28:50

Agree entirely with MissPlum and Magnum.
You can't bribe me to eat that vile stuff! smile

TravelinColour Mon 21-Oct-13 12:49:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ouryve Mon 21-Oct-13 13:19:33

Another one holding tightly onto my butter (though I use yeo valley spreadable for sarnies as that is at least mostly butter, whisked up with a bit of oil and my kitchen is always hot or cold and rarely anything in between, so either I can't keep butter out of the fridge or it's still hard if I take it out of the fridge)

mignonnetteZOMBIEKILLEROFHQ Mon 21-Oct-13 14:01:04

I use butter in moderation. I have family members who use olive oil based products including a DH who spread his bread with EVOO.

RawCoconutMacaroon Mon 21-Oct-13 14:34:42

Missplumb, you beat me to it. Agree.

Natural animal fat, minimally processed, or a fake approximation thereof, put through many high temperature and chemical processes, dyed to look like butter and appalling high in omega 6... I know which is rather cook with, eat and feed to my children.

Margarine or any type of fake fat will never darken my door again (or my fridge!).

RawCoconutMacaroon Mon 21-Oct-13 14:43:31

Ouryve, try KerryGold butter - pure butter but its soft enough to spread from the fridge. Tastes absolutely fabulous too.

MissStrawberry Mon 21-Oct-13 15:02:53

Coincidentally I bought Flora Buttery at the weekend when I sent DS2 to get a tub of margarine and he got this one.

When I met DH I started using the flora in a circle tub but have bought most spreads over the years. Recently I have been using Lurpak spreadable and I love it but no one else finds it easy to use so I have several in the fridge.

I still have concerns as to the health benefits of a margarine like spread over butter and would be interested in knowing some facts.

InMySpareTime Mon 21-Oct-13 15:56:04

Done. I like free stuff and the fewer people that sign up, the higher my chances of getting some money before Christmas.

Rosina71 Mon 21-Oct-13 16:03:21

Used Flora for some years as husband had high cholesterol, but after listening to an industrial chemist, we gave up margarine instantly. Evidently it is 'almost plastic' in its composition, and never goes off. That was enough for me - butter tastes so much better and we do need some cholesterol of the right kind to repair cells etc. - what we don't need is any more chemicals!

madhairday Mon 21-Oct-13 16:16:57

I got some of this as a substitute in my shopping not long ago and it was utterly vile. Tasted very chemical tbh. I use Lurpak Spreadable or pure butter (tesco value perfectly good) and would not go back to marg, and certainly not this type of marg, the olive spreads are better for you I think but they are yuk too.

KatieScarlett2833 Mon 21-Oct-13 17:50:38

No, absolutely not.

ouryve Mon 21-Oct-13 18:14:18

Thanks, Raw. I'll give it a go because the YV spread isn't always easy to come by. I like the actual butter for baking and cooking (and on MY toast, on the rare occasion I eat it!).

ouryve Mon 21-Oct-13 18:17:51

Good thinking, SpareTime. I've done product tests of stuff I've turned out to hate, in the past.

Rosina - all the processed stuff mixed with margarine to make it palatable does go off. Very off.

LegArmpits Mon 21-Oct-13 18:24:13


PolterGoose Mon 21-Oct-13 18:36:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

sewingandcakes Mon 21-Oct-13 19:18:59

I've signed up; it'll be hard to stop me from using butter though! Nothing else I've tried is as good on toast, or in pastry...

Wuldric Mon 21-Oct-13 19:36:52

Okay, so what exactly is Flora Buttery? Every butter substitute I have ever tasted, tastes of plastic. Will this taste of plastic? A whiff of a carrier bag on toast?

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