As with many things in life, there is nothing better than the real thing. This includes butter. We have compiled a list of real butter brands because we know how hard it is to determine what is real and what is imitation butter when you go shopping. Additionally, we hope that this list helps you discover some new real butter brands that you might be able to try. Our real butter brands list includes products that have simple ingredients of cream/milk and potentially salt. Real butter only requires these basic ingredients. Nothing more.
Note that our list does not include light butter. While “light butter” is technically labelled as being butter, it has a lot of other ingredients beyond just cream/milk and salt. To us, this just isn’t real butter.
Additionally, there are butter spreads that are a mix between butter and oils (olive, canola) that we did not include. While some of these spreads have the base ingredients of real butter, the addition of oils and sometimes other ingredients disqualifies them from being considered in our real butter brands list.
Lastly, margarine and similar spreads are not considered real butter and have been eliminated from consideration. In short, margarine is made of mostly hydrogenated vegetable oils. We’ll save the butter vs. margarine debate for another day.