When I was growing up, margarine and butter substitutes were all the rage, but lately many people have returned to using traditional real butter in their kitchens, especially as we’ve come to learn that butter may not be so unhealthy after all.
Aldi sells several varieties of real butter, including salted and unsalted stick butter, along with Irish stick butter and spreadable Irish butter that are reminiscent of name-brand Kerrygold butter. My family regularly uses all of these.
If you want a spreadable butter option that isn’t imported all the way from Ireland, Aldi sells some of that, too.
Countryside Creamery Spreadable Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt and Countryside Creamery Light Spreadable Butter each cost $2.29 for a 15-oz. container at the time of publication.
Both of these butter options are Regular Buys, which means you can find them at Aldi all year.
This butter has a fairly long shelf life when stored in the refrigerator. I purchased the variety with olive oil in early October of 2020, and it had a best-by date of March 2021. I bought the light butter in early December of 2020 and it had a best-by date of May of 2021.
My biggest challenge with both of these butters was in breaking the seal and getting the container open for the first time, and we’ve heard from readers who also had trouble opening these containers. There is a lip that hangs over the top edge of the container, and while it looks like that’s what you’re supposed to pull on to open the lid, in reality the lid actually rests above that overhanging plastic lip. I broke part of the plastic overhanging lip trying to figure out how to open the thing. Even after figuring out how to open it, it’s a little annoying to open every time because it’s not easy to get a good grip on the lid. There’s a learning curve to using this butter.
Read on for a closer look at the two types of butter.
Countryside Creamery Spreadable Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt
This butter is a bit different because it also contains olive oil, which is how it achieves a soft, spreadable consistency.
Ingredients are simple: pasteurized butter (derived from milk), olive oil, and sea salt.
If you are avoiding allergens, this contains milk.
There are about 30 servings per container, and a 1-tablespoon serving has 90 calories, 10 grams of total fat (13% DV), 3.5 grams of saturated fat (18% DV), 90 mg of sodium (4% DV), and 0 grams of carbs, sugars, or protein.
This is softer and more spreadable than Aldi’s Countryside Creamery Spreadable Irish Butter, but this has a very different and distinct taste due to the olive oil. It’s less sweet than traditional butter and tastes more like oil than butter, and some of my family members don’t care for it. If you don’t mind the taste, though, it’s a very easy butter to spread on your toast or muffins.
Some people prefer to cook with butter mixed with olive oil because they claim the mixture has a higher smoke point than regular butter, but that may not be the case.
I probably won’t buy this butter again anytime soon, mostly because my family doesn’t care for the taste as much, but also because the container is not the most user friendly. For the foreseeable future, when I want spreadable butter I’ll probably stick with Aldi’s Countryside Creamery Spreadable Irish Butter even though it’s not quite as soft.
Countryside Creamery Light Spreadable Butter
This tastes like what you would expect butter to taste like, but perhaps not as sweet as some butters.
Ingredients are: water, pasteurized butter (derived from milk), canola oil, sea salt, distilled monoglycerides, potassium sorbate, and annatto.
This butter’s ingredients list isn’t as simple. To define a few terms, distilled monoglycerides are emulsifiers that help oil and water to blend. Potassium sorbate is a preservative, and annatto is a natural food coloring.
If you’re watching out for allergens, this contains milk.
There are 30 servings per container, and a 1-tablespoon serving has 50 calories, 5.5 grams of total fat (7% DV), 2 grams of saturated fat (18% DV), 90 mg of sodium (4% DV), and 0 grams of carbs, sugars, or protein.
This butter has almost half the calories of the spreadable butter with olive oil listed above, so it is a light butter. The tradeoff may be in the fact that it contains other ingredients such as preservatives and emulsifiers. That’s a choice you’ll have to make for yourself.
In terms of spreadability, this is very soft and easy to slather on your toast or on a roll. My family also likes the taste of this butter better. It doesn’t have the olive oil flavor like the butter above, so if you want spreadable butter that just tastes like butter, this is it.
Countryside Creamery Spreadable Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt and Countryside Creamery Light Spreadable Butter are easy to spread on whatever you want to spread them on, although it’s not so easy to open the containers. The butter with olive oil has, not surprisingly, more of an oily flavor and less of a traditional sweet butter flavor, so it might be an acquired taste. The light butter tastes fine but contains a few extra ingredients such as preservatives.
Rachel, sorry to disagree but I have used the butter with the olive oil for a year or two now and have never noticed an oil flavor.
Also, I am 67 and never had a problem opening any of the containers.
I read your reviews every week and find them very helpful.
Keep up the good work.
Just sharing my experience recently. I bought the spreadable butter with olive oil for the 1st time. I did have difficulty opening the container just as Rachel described. I also was disappointed as its taste wasn’t what I expected, so I’ll not purchase in the future.
I too had issues opening the container… at times, yet the olive oil gives the butter just enough spreadability in its refrigerated state. The taste while not outstanding is okay for us and that’s the bottom line.
Just curious – are those who are having trouble with the lid, breaking off the little tab that sits off to the side of the front? Once that’s done, the lid is easy to lift off. I have rheumatoid arthritis and once the tab is off, have no trouble getting the lid off.
I just bought the olive oil version last week when the spreadable butter version was out of stock. Curious to try it now, given the comments! And thanks, Rachel, for all of your reviews! There have been items I wouldn’t have considered but after reading your review, decided to try them – and enjoyed them!
I’m back with an update. I now know what others have been saying – the butter tubs have become impossible to open. I don’t know what happened as they appear to be the same design as before. But something is very wrong – I shouldn’t have to use a knife or break a nail trying to get to any product. This is ridiculous.
The Light Spreadable Butter is always in my refrigerator now. They price is less than half of Land O’Lakes and the taste is terrific. I lost 85 pounds a few years ago and this butter spread helps me retain my love and want if butter, but still fit into my new clothes. Lol. I still keep regular butter in the freezer for baking, but this is what I use for everyday.
You are absolutely right, each time they change opening method it gets harder. Things are supposed to get better with time — not more difficult. Time to find a more user-friendly butter.
I have been buying Countryside Creamery Spreadable Butter with Canola oil for the past 5 years. Our latest tub has a lid that is almost impossible to remove. We have to take a butter knife and pry it off and after several attempts, it finally yields to our efforts. If the lids on this product continue to be so difficult to remove, I will be switching to another product at another source/store. Please inform the manufacturer that their “improvement” is a huge step backwards.
We don’t know what company Aldi contracts with to make this, but here’s information on how to contact Aldi with your feedback: https://www.aldireviewer.com/contact-aldi/
I would love to review the butter but if you can’t get the container open, it makes it impossible to review it. Who is the engineer that designed the container? It must have been an engineer on the railroad because the container is a train wreck! Maybe the design looked good on paper but you can make elephants fly on paper if you draw wings on them on the paper. But when you have the elephant in front of you, you can’t get it off of the ground!
I can’t find the butter with olive oil anywhere. I’ve been to 6 different stores and there are none. I hope they aren’t discontinuing it.
Amazing product, but i have had problems finding the spreadable butter with olive oil in my local store. I have emailed Aldi,, they thought it was in stock. It seems it comes in an assorted case, but they haven’t gotten the olive oil product. The store manager also agreed it is unavailable. I have tried the other 2 products and I am not as happy with those products.
I have the same problem. I have tried 6 different Aldi locations looking for the Olive Oil & Sea Salt and haven’t been able to find it in over a year. The stores only have the Canola Oil version, which I don’t want. I know it’s available in other areas as family members in NC/SC still can buy it. It may be a distribution issue.
It seems it is shipped in a variety case. The olive oil product disappears fast. So it is hit/miss
Can’t find the Butter w/Olive Oil and Sea salt in the Dallas area Aldi stores either. I’ve looked for it over the past five months and it’s never there. I don’t like the Canola oil version.
Can’t find the spreadable butter with olive oil/sea salt or the light version. Only one I can find at all my local Aldi’s in SE Wisconsin is the regular spreadable butter. So sad I have been buying them for years and now no longer carried. Keep hoping Aldi will bring them back but not counting on it.