One Of The Best Butters In The World Just Got Even Better

French butter flavored with loads of raspberries -- a taste sensation to make you sit up and take notice from the first taste.
French butter flavored with loads of raspberries — a taste sensation to make you sit up and take notice from the first taste.

Let’s be clear: I have not tried every single butter in the world.

I just know that the latest products from France’s Le Beurre Bordier completely floored me.

I had already been captivated by its regular salted butter. But its seasonal Framboise (raspberry) and Bear’s Garlic & Kampot Pepper butters made me fairly gasp as they melted languidly on my palate.

Mass-produced butter can be made in a day. Founder Jean Yves Bordier needs 72 hours to turn milk from local farmers in Brittany into his high-fat, small-batch butter. He only makes the butter on demand, too, so it’s as fresh as it gets.

Campbell’s The Frenchery, a French online marketplace of gourmet food products, is the only retailer in the world to carry the entire line of Le Beurre Bordier butters (aside from Le Beurre Bordier, itself). The Frenchery pre-orders the butter ahead of time, and takes possession of it once arrives at Los Angeles International Airport. All in all, it’s about two weeks time from when the butter is made to when it gets on your table.

Thanks to The Frenchery, I had a chance to taste samples of these special seasonal butters. Like any Le Beurre Bordier, these two butters are softer than conventional ones. So much so that if you leave the bricks of butter out on the counter, they will soften to perfect spreadable consistency in only about 15 minutes.

You can’t miss the raspberry butter ($12), not with its vivid raspberry salt-water-taffy color through and through.

The deep color might make you think this butter will taste full-on sweet like jam. Instead it’s more perky sweet-tangy with an edge of saltiness, and even a slight tangy-cheese-like quality. Super rich tasting, it will do wonders to your morning toast or English muffin. I suppose you could bake with it, too. But honestly, it’s so amazing all on its own that I think enjoying it just smeared on something simple is the best way to appreciate it.

Time's a wasting to get your hands on these extraordinary butters.
Time’s a wasting to get your hands on these extraordinary butters.

The Bear’s Garlic & Kampot Pepper ($12.50) is completely different. Made with wild garlic (bear’s garlic) and Cambodian aromatic kampot pepper, it’s deep yellow with striations of dark green. Spread some on grilled bread, and instantaneously you have the best tasting garlic bread you’ve ever had — just like that. It possesses the big, concentrated taste of pungent green garlic without any sharp bite. There’s an herbaceousness, as well as a subtle floral-citrusy pepperiness. Use a pat atop grilled steak, shrimp or fish; or in a baked potato or tossed into simple pasta or rice.

Soft, rich, and complex tasting, this butter is suffused with green garlic and Cambodian pepper.
Soft, rich, and complex tasting, this butter is suffused with green garlic and Cambodian pepper.

The Frenchery is taking pre-orders through Sept. 28 for the last shipment of these two Le Beurre Bordier flavored butters that will arrive on the West Coast on Oct. 22. The butter can then be picked up at The Frenchery’s Campbell warehouse; delivered free to San Francisco, Peninsula and South Bay customers with a minimum order of $25; or shipped within California by contacting The Frenchery directly for specifics.

If you miss these seasonal selections, you can always console yourself with other varieties of Le Beurre Bordier still readily available at The Frenchery.

But if you really want to treat yourself to something extraordinary, don’t dally, as you’re sure to fall for the raspberry and garlic-pepper butters big-time.

More: Sampling Le Beurre Bordier’s Plain Butter

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6 comments

  • Forwarded the link to your post here just now to a butter-loving friend on his FB page. Sounds as though he, and two of his other butter-loving friends, immediately placed orders. Friends of friends of the food blogger networking ftw! πŸ™‚

  • Hi Carroll: That’s awesome! The butter isn’t cheap, but it is such a worthwhile little splurge to enjoy at home, especially during a lingering pandemic. Hope your friends go crazy for the butter. πŸ˜‰

  • Thank you so much for the information, Carolyn! I’ve ordered! We love Le Bordier butter! So much so that we brought some back from France 3 years ago. πŸ™‚ (I’ve read your blog for many years. You’ve been a fount of tips and recipes, and I appreciate all the knowledge you share with us readers!)

  • Hi Lulu: Thank you kindly for the sweet words. I’m envious you got to enjoy the butter at the source. And I’m thrilled you’re treating yourself now to the seasonal butters. You are sure to love them. Enjoy!

  • Oh man, now I need to take a big bite of that butter slathered on a flaky croissant…

  • Hi Sandy: It’s pretty decadent stuff, that’s for sure. The French — they definitely know how to live! πŸ˜‰

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