Do you swear by Kerrygold butter? You’re not alone as the Irish butter is now the second most popular butter sold in the US.
From baking up a batch of Irish soda bread or attempting a Martha Stewart recipe to adding a little dollop of Kerrygold to your morning coffee, Ireland’s favorite and most well-known butter brand Kerrygold is well and truly the darling of the US market.
In fact, Kerrygold is now the second most popular butter sold in the US, shifting a gigantic 23,000 tons of butter in 2017. That's a massive amount for a butter that would once have been regarded as bad for you. Last year, Kerrygold came second in the US only to Land O’ Lakes, a US company founded here in the 1920s with a very large head start on the Irish product.
The regrowth in butter usage over the last number of years is with thanks to the realization that there is such a thing as healthy fats intake, as well as the particular qualities of Kerrygold butter, such as its grass-fed, all-natural, hormone-free roots, that have made it increasingly marketable in the US. And of course, the amazing taste heralded as supreme by US cooks and recipe sharers is enough to have you hooked once you give it that first shot in your mashed potatoes or in your baking.
My mom is here for a few days 👯♀️and I made her my favorite breakfast this morning. She said “I could eat this for every meal, every day!” 😍 It’s not your typical egg omelette. It’s the cheese and butter that make it 💯! 🤤. . . I put 1/2 tbsp @kerrygoldusa butter in a skillet. Added 2 whisked eggs (s&p too) and cooked it omelette style; filling it with 1 oz @traderjoes lite mozz. After sliding it onto my plate, I poured any remaining browned butter over the eggs. 🤤🤤🤤🤤. Avocado and @jonesdairyfarm chicken sausages on the side. (6g carbs, 2 net carbs total). . . #ketobreakfast #organic #eggs #protein #healthyfat #kerrygold #keto #lchf #MYhealthy #eathealthy #eatingwell #MYhealthyeats #fitfoodie #eatwell #realfood #fitfam #buzzfeedfood #weightloss #motivation #feedfeed #ketofoodporn
It’s hard to believe that Kerrygold was launched in the US less than 20 years ago when you take into account the dedicated fanbase and users it has. They were finely displayed in Wisconsin in 2017 when residents went to extreme lengths to acquire the Irish butter after it was banned statewide.
The Badger State’s strict rules on dairy products prompted local outrage which saw a group of residents filing a lawsuit and one woman even driving all the way to Nebraska to stock up on the delicious golden bricks. The butter is still banned in the state although others have attempted to take advantage of Kerrygold's success in the US by importing a different Irish butter and selling it there as “Irish Gold,” a move that quickly saw them hit with a lawsuit.
“It’s remarkable that something kind of exotic took off in this way,” Elaine Khosrova, the author of "Butter: A Rich History," told Irish writer Siobhán Brett, who wrote extensively on the success of Kerrygold in the US for Eater.
“But you cannot underestimate the popularity of Irish culture in this country. Of course, if it didn’t taste good it wouldn’t do as well. The more-golden color I think also enhances the flavor [perception] for Americans, to some degree.
“Kerrygold has that essence, feeling artisanal, even if it isn’t. The romance of a place like Ireland also matters — green, rolling hills, beautiful cows, this image that’s pure.”
While Kerrygold is regarded as your everyday average butter in Ireland - one used by a person with below average culinary skills to butter their toast and also by the high-level chefs - it has a more high-end flavor in the US, despite the company’s own attempts to ensure butter-lovers know they are very much a “utility butter.”
In order to combat this image, Kerrygold launched baking sticks in the US in 2017, a move that Khosrova believed “spoke to the idea of ‘Kerrygold for everything.’”
“Kerrygold seems to have decided: We don’t want to be a premium butter. We want to speak to the average consumer, albeit with a more provocative origin,” she added.
And their marketing emphasizing the Irish origins of their product is sure to help that! We don’t need to be sold on the fact that the Irish butter is our first choice but when we see Irish fields of dairy cows and meet the Irish farmers bringing Kerrygold to the table, we fall in love all over again.
Do you adore Kerrygold butter and won't bake/cook without it? What other Irish products do you swear by? Let us know in the comments section, below, or share your great Kerrygold recipe with us.
Do you want to try out Kerrygold in a few recipes to see what all the fuss is about? We have some great Irish butter recipes for you to try out on IrishCentral. Kerrygold can be used in your Mac and Cheese, in delicious Irish butter scones, or in chocolate chip cookies. Don’t forget to drop a dab into your morning coffee as well!