Every time that commercial featuring The Buttertons comes on - you know the woman grocery shopping with a cart full of stacks of butter or serving up baked potatoes topped with sticks of butter - I laugh, even if that isn't the main message.
The commercial also prompted hubby and I to remember all those things we grew up with - cans of Crisco shortening, lard for frying, butter on everything. The downer - or maybe just "junk science," heard on the news that doctors now say heart problems start in childhood and they'd mentioned looking at toddlers' heart health. Toddlers? So we never had a chance right? ha! .
I looked around at some sites sharing old recipes from the 1950s and as I'm not much of a cook, I don't know the amounts of butter or margarine used today in most recipes. But holy cow, this sounds like a lot:
* Recipes for Fresca Cake and a couple other cakes call for a half-pound of butter!
* An interesting article on The Rise and Fall of Crisco
* This is cool: find what the foods were for almost any period in time at the Food Timeline
* Remember any of your favorite 1950s-1960s foods?