Pros: no trans fat, no cholesterol, great buttery taste
Cons: high sodium
Riddle me this... what looks and tastes like butter, looks and tastes like margarine, but is neither? Parkay... is 60% vegetable oil spread that tastes just like butter with fewer calories and less fat than real butter. It really is fresh and oh so creamy.
Parkay makes this golden yellow deliciousness in sticks, tubs, a convenient spray and this ultra convenient squeeze dispenser. Just like squeezable jelly, salad dressing, ketchup and the long list of lazy man's snack dressings and dips, this Parkay Squeeze is heaven. We use this stuff on so many meals and snacks, we should own stock in ConAgra Foods.
We use Parkay on toast (with jelly), fresh hot bread from the bakery, muffins, bagels, French toast, waffles, pancakes, vegetables, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and much more. We even use it to "butter up" the bread slices for crispy grilled cheese sandwiches. I have never tried it with crab, but I'm sure it would taste just as delicious as butter. I did, however, try it on hot popcorn and it was a disaster. Use the Parkay spray instead - trust me. Our family of two adults and two teenagers go through about three or four of these 12oz. containers per month.
One quirky aspect about this product is that when the container is about half empty, you'll need to start pounding it on the counter (upside down) to get the rest of the Parkay remnants to move closer to the spout so that you can more easily squeeze it out. This speaks to Parkay's richness - it's so thick. When the container is almost empty, I have this odd habit of trying to condense the remainder of one or two near-empty containers into another container. My wife always laughs at me for this little ritual, but I'm a real Virgo! For this reason, once a container has become less than half empty, we usually store the containers upside down in the refrigerator door.
liquid soybean oil, water, salt, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, vegetable monoglycerides and soy lecithin (emulsiphiers), potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (to preserve freshness), artificial flavor, phosphoric acid (acidulant), colored with beta carotene (source of vitamin A, vitamin A palmitate.
based on 1 table spoon servings
calories - 70
calories from fat - 70
total fat - 8g
saturated fat - 1.5g
trans fat - 0g
polyunsaturated fat - 4.5g
monounsaturated fat - 2g
cholesterol - 0mg
sodium - 110mg
total carbs - 0g
protein - 0g
After writing this review, I think this is one of the most used products that my family consumes. The supermarkets that carry the Squeeze version sell them for about $1.50 to $2 each and I have seen it for as low as 1.09 at some discount stores - but check the "best before" date. It does have about a six-month shelf life, but our stockpile (of about three per visit) never lasts that long.
visit their website at http://www.parkay.com/index.jsp
distributed by ConAgra Foods of Omaha, Nebraska
ConAgra Foods' other brands include Healthy Choice, Pam, David (sunflower seeds), Swiss Miss, Ready Whip, La Choy, Orville Redenbacher, Hebrew National, Peter Pan, Wesson, Hunt's, Chef Boyardee, Banquet, Slim Jim and others.