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Name Brand vs. Store Brand: Putting them to the Test

Name Brand vs. Store Brand: Butter & Pure Maple Syrup

Since we are having pancakes today for breakfast, I thought I would do both the butter and the maple syrup in the same post.


We tried 5 different kinds of salted butter.  The biggest difference we could tell is that the Amish made butter tasted the saltiest, and the Organic Valley butter had the least amount of salt in it.  We also noticed that some butters were slightly more yellow than others.  It was hard to tell any other differences besides that.  It was a different experience trying several kinds of butter and trying each a couple of times to see which we liked best.  I wouldn't recommend it if I were you!


Amish  $3.49 lb.

Western Family  $2.99 lb.

Tilamook   $3.29 lb.

Organic Valley $3.99 lb.

Kroger  $2.99 lb.

With all this leftover butter, I probably won't have to purchase again until Christmas!


 I tried only two brands of pure maple syrup because they are expensive.  Both syrups looked pretty similar.  They did taste slightly different, and half liked one better and half liked the other.  The majority of the people in my family like sweeter, less expensive syrup or a homemade alternative.  I didn't do the test on the regular syrups yet.  It will take us a while to finish up this syrup before I get any more!


Great Value (Walmart Brand)  $5.98 for 12.5 oz or about 48 cents per ounce

Maple Grove Farms organic  $4.78 for 8.5 oz. or about 56 cents per ounce

Since a couple of our family members don't like pure maple syrup, they made some homemade syrup after we finished the test.  A clone recipe is found here.  If you don't want to use corn syrup, you can always just use the recipe on the Mapleine bottle with sugar, water and Mapleine.


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I enjoy finding ways to save money we can life comfortably on one income. We have 5 kids. I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my family. I have a BS degree in Elementary Education and do freelance writing from time to time.

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