Challenge Butter Giveaway

This contest is now closed, Linda is our winner. Thanks for entering! I hope one of my readers wins the big trip!

It is no secret that I love butter. A few years ago I stopped using margarine and started using butter exclusively. I am thankful that the commissary prices are reasonable because I buy eight pounds of butter a month! I use it in most of my recipes! From pasta to pancakes it is one of my cooking staples.

I was thrilled when Challenge Butter contacted me and asked if I wanted to give some butter to my readers! For those of you who are still using margarine, please enter this giveaway so you have a chance to taste the difference.

Sauces are tastier, soups are creamy, and frosting is yummier when you use real butter in your recipes. If you have some wiggle room in your grocery budget I highly recommend switching to butter.

Challenge 1LB Package PhotoChallenge Butter is also sponsoring a few great giveaways on their website. You can enter to win A Taste of the West vacation, a 7-day/6-night trip for 4 people to the incredible Mountain Sky Guest Ranch ( in Montana’s Paradise Valley, just North of Yellowstone National Park.

In addition to world-class fine dining, the guest ranch features cozy accommodations, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, clay shooting and much more! Revive, rejuvenate and reconnect with a variety of activities for everyone.

Airfare, food, accommodations and certain activities are all-included in this $17,000 luxury getaway.

A runner-up will win a $850 kitchen package from Spice Islands and OXO.

Visit the website to enter to win and read all the fine print.

To win 3 coupons for Free Challenge Butter please leave a comment on this post. I will pick a winner Friday, November 27, 2009.

This potato soup recipe is a great way to use up those Thanksgiving/ Christmas leftovers, and one of my many recipes in which butter makes it better. It makes a great meal or side dish.

Mel’s Potato Soup
  • 5 pounds of potatoes, peeled and quartered (if you are using red potatoes you can keep the skin on if you like potato skin in your soup).
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 Stick of butter
  • Chopped ham
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic to taste
  • Milk

Boil potatoes and onion for about twenty minutes.


Drain (but save the water)


Put the potatoes and onion back on the stove top and add about 2 cups of the potato water back into the pot

Add 1 stick of butter

Mash the potatoes to the desired consistency. The more you mash the smoother the soup will be.



Add chopped ham and salt, pepper, and garlic to taste.


Then add milk, until you reach the desired consistency.

Cook on the stove for about 10 minutes and then serve.

Garnish with cheese.


Don’t throw away the extra potato water, use it instead of water to bake your next loaf of bread. Your loaf will be amazing!


This is not the bread pictured with the soup, this is our potato bread for French toast.

The bread pictured with the soup is whole wheat rosemary asiago bread.

You can modify this recipe to use your leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. Adjust the amount of potatoes based on how much mashed potatoes you have leftover. Add them when you are mashing the cooked potatoes.


  1. brandy bailey says:

    I use margarine but would like to switch to butter. I don’t know if the kids would mind?

  2. We made the switch from margarine to butter a couple of years ago. You are correct that everything tastes better with butter. Our kids noticed that things tasted better. I do soften a little and add some olive oil to what we will be using for sliced bread so that we can get a healthy oil in. 😉

  3. I have been trying to make the switch but my budget is a problem. I would love some coupons!!


  5. Karen Linnartz says:

    I love this butter!

  6. I have to admit I still buy a tub margarine for spreading on toasts to make it easier for the kids, but for cooking I love butter.

  7. I only use butter! I have noticed a huge difference in taste. My friends all want the secret to my cookies. I tell them use BUTTER!!

  8. I too keep around the marg, but only for toast spreading. But baking with butter is the tastiest.

  9. I love your new header! And your subscribe buttons and that your comments are at the bottom!!!

  10. butter is best!! thanks!

  11. Your soup recipes always look so tasty! Count me in for the draw – we are a butter family too.

  12. I switched to butter only within the past 2 yrs.

    I didn’t use to think that butter made economic sense until I read that most people over-compensate with margarine to acquire the same tastiness as butter….negating fat, calories, & savings issues.

    I purchase between 4 to 8 lbs of butter monthly too (depends on what I’m baking). I try to stock up when it’s on BOGO. I recently bought a high-priced brand for $1.50 a lb. That’s comparable to buying a high-priced brand of margarine. I usually find it on sale at least once a month…especially during a holiday season…whether it be Christmas or Easter or 4th of July.

    But sadly, I have not heard of Challenge Butter (have not seen it at any local stores). It seems to be available in the Western-US only. But there is a coupon on their Where to Buy page for anyone in their retail area.

  13. I love Challenge butter! I but it at our commissary because it’s the best-priced butter there!

  14. Jennifer H. says:

    I love butter! My hubby prefers margarine, but I’m hoping to convince him that butter is better! I’m starting to sneak it into my cooking and drop hints that I used butter instead of margarine. 🙂

  15. I “heart” butter!

  16. We use butter for everything – I’ve tried Challenge butter before and can taste the difference in the mashed potatoes, they’re so creamy. I very rarely buy Challenge butter though because I am just so used to Land O’ Lakes that I don’t think about it. I hardly ever see coupons for the butter sticks but will stock up when they go on sale at the commissary or grocery stores, butter freezes very well and I’ve always got a few boxes stored.

  17. My husband and I just love butter! It’s a must-have when you’re baking!

  18. I love butter too! Actually just made a commissary run for a few Thanksgiving staples and Challenge butter was one of my purchases!

  19. I LOVE using butter! I made the switch from margarine a couple of years ago and never looked back. Just recently my husband finally convinced me to switch from unsalted to salted butter and, WOW, what a difference! The only time I don’t use butter is in certain cookies, biscuits, and pie crust because I find that butter-flavored shortening makes those few items a little crisper and flaky – but that’s just a personal choice, real butter still rules my kitchen!

  20. I love love love love butter. Like you, I use it exclusively and have been for years…I think real butter and fresh garlic are the two staples I use most in my cooking…my kids are never sick either (attributed from the garlic I think 😉 This would be a great prize to win!

  21. We love butter in this casita! Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. That potato soup looks yummy!

  23. I, too, have switched exclusively to butter – it’s the only way to cook/bake! 🙂

  24. I use butter exclusively too and would love, love, love to win some for free!! I was raised mostly on margarine and much prefer the natural stuff…the taste is just so much better!!!

  25. Reusing the potato water is genius, I can’t wait to try that!

    Also, I use butter all the time. There really is a marvelous taste difference.

  26. I switched to butter as well…so good!

  27. Real butter is so much better than margarine.

  28. I love real butter, and try to only by the real stuff. I definitely notice the difference when I do use margarin.

  29. I only use butter too and I’m also thankful for the commissary prices on it!! Don’t know what I’ll do when we transition to civilian life next year and I lose the commissary!!

  30. butter makes everything taste so good

  31. We recently started buying Challenge butter from our commissary when we moved over here to the west coast. We go through a good amount of butter, so coupons would be very welcome!

  32. Oh free butter-I love butter, just trying to fit it into the budget!

  33. I’ve found myself buying more butter over the years and phasing out margarine. would love to try this brand.

  34. I have switched to using all challenge butter as well…we love it. I’d love a break in the budget with some free butter. 🙂

  35. What a fabulous post. I love me some butter. I still use margarine for some things but most of the time it’s gotta be butter.
    And yay for the recipe. I {heart} potatoe soup!! Thanks!

    Btw, I left something for you on my blog.

  36. I love butter, dont use anything else for baking. occasionally ill buy the non-dairy stuff for toast but cant imagine using that for cooking. this would really come in handy with all the baking im doing for the holidays

  37. I only use butter but have never tried the Challenge brand. I hope I win.

    BTW…REAL butter makes everything taste so much better!!!

  38. Butter, butter, butter, butter, oh how I love you butter, butter, butter!

    I was visiting a friend this last week and we made chocolate chip cookies. She only had margarine. Imagine my disappointment. Especially when the cookies tasted like crap. Reaffirmed my butter commitment.

    Delish butter, where would I be without you?

  39. We too love butter! Rich, creamy, true butter. We live very frugally but always, always buy butter.

  40. I also refuse to use margarine. GO BUTTER!!

  41. kathy steadman says:

    Butter is best!

  42. Are you sharing the recipe for the asiago rosemary bread? It looks delish! I will have to try the soup , too. Yummy 🙂

  43. Mmmmmm……..Butter

  44. I grew up in a family who used margarine, it was just another cost savings that my mom used. When I met my mother-in-law, who was a wonderful cook, I learned the joy of butter. I have not purchased margarine for anything since then and I love it. It gives an extra dimension to the food, and when you think about it, butter is better for you than margarine. Go Butter!

  45. I MUCH prefer real butter to margarine and use it for serious cooking. I really believe that our bodies don’t really know what to do with margarine since it’s not a natural food product. Although butter has fat, it’s much better (and tastier) than something man-made any day of the week.

  46. I would love to try butter, I have never really tried real butter. I heard it is better for you as also, so I would love to try it.

  47. Butter people here. I do use organic smart balance to butter my bread but other wise it’s butter all the way.

  48. Great giveaway. I use butter exclusively too because it’s all natural. I just switched to Challege Butter a few weeks ago, so these coupons would be great!

  49. Mmmmm, butter. I come from a family of butter snobs–they will not under any circumstances use margarine, and it’s funny, my grandma makes an incredible, incredible, incredible English toffee that none of us have ever been able to successfully replicate and she swears the secret is Challenge butter.

  50. I’m confused… how do we enter the giveaway?

  51. I wish we could use butter, do you know how much easier my life would be if my son could have butter. He can’t have any casien which is the milk protein in butter. We do however use a lot of clarified butter. It can be a bit of a hassle to make it so I usually shell out the extra money and buy it.

  52. Butter is WAY better than margarine any day of the week. My butt and thighs beg to differ with me, but I’m sticking to my guns on this one! 😉

  53. I LOVE butter. I pick it over margarine any time!!

  54. I stopped using margarine a few years ago. Butter makes everything taste better!

  55. We love butter and use it for health reasons.

  56. I love butter. I switched from margarine years ago and have never looked back.

  57. Real butter is so much better! Challenge is a great brand. The soup looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  58. I grew up on margarine and for about half our married life we used margarine. Then I found out about the health benefits of butter over margarine and I can’t ever go back. Not to mention how much better butter tastes than margarine. I love potato soup, too. This one looks really good.

  59. Nurse Mommy can always use some butter to make special treats for her patients…or just butter their toast.

  60. Yum, I love butter also! I tried using margarine for a while, but butter tastes so much better.

  61. I switched from margarine to butter recently, after a study showed that margarine is just a few steps shy of plastic. (=

  62. I am a butter lover. Yes, it is more fattening, but I think it’s way better for a person than margarine and all it’s artificial junk. I think I’ll make that potato soup. I’ve got lots of left over ham from a pre-Thanksgiving get-together! I’m going to have to try that potato bread too, and spread a large dollop of butter on it!

  63. We switched to butter after we learned that butter (in moderation) is actually healthier than margerine, and after trying and being dissapointed with the so-called “heart smart” margerines that seem to disintegrate to make watery, soggy tasteless toast! I have yet to make potato soup, but want to try your recipe. Your bread made with potato water looks wonderful . jgs0925 at gmail dot com

  64. Lisa Corrie says:

    I grew up on margarine, and I still use it. I wonder if the butter would taste better in the family recipes? Or, if everything will taste a little off? I’m willing to try.

  65. I stopped buying margarine years ago. I love butter!

  66. We definitely use our share of butter here as well, especially making extra holiday treats!

  67. Oh, there is nothing in this world like cooking with Butter. Whatever did someone come along and create margarine for, anyway? I mean, I know why, but… WHY?!?

    Mel’s Potato Soup looks sooooo delicious. Just let me know when I win the contest, k? Thanks for posting about it. ~ Yaya Yaya’s Changing World

  68. I grew up on a dairy farm but never really used butter much – it was too expensive for my family’s budget. Then I grew up and kept using margarine. I’ve recently switched to healthy fats, including butter. They make fried eggs taste so much better too, among other things! 🙂 Thanks for this post.

  69. I agree BUTTER IS BETTER! Mostly because it is REAL, not like margarine. If you are having trouble substituting butter for your margarine recipes, especially when baking, find NEW recipes… trust me I’ve been down that road. There is a lot of science behind it.

  70. Every now and then I go into my kitchen to try and find something that I can put butter on. Maybe I should just skip to the chase and eat the butter straight!

  71. Can’t get enough butter with fresh hot bread….yum!

  72. You are so right about the great price for this butter at the commissary. I made the switch about 2 years ago. I really like Challenge butter. I especially like the size of the sticks!!! Your soup recipe sounds great also. I will have to give that a try as well.

  73. Shelly Nissley says:

    Not only does butter taste great, but it’s better for you too! I’d love to have some free butter. =)

  74. Convince me! I use margarine, but I have been told that butter is better, I should prolly get around to actually testing that :p

  75. I love butter and use Challenge in all myrecipes, including the FAB Mel’s Potato

  76. I have switched to butter also and am glad I made the switch.

  77. I LOOOOVE butter!! I have a photo from when I was 2yrs old, hiding in my room eating a stick of butter!!! yum!! 🙂

  78. I love butter! I use at least a pound a week.
    I used about 5 pounds one week just making cupcakes. oops!

  79. I have to admit, I use margarine. There are a few recipes I use only butter in for the richness, but haven’t really considered making a everyday switch. Coupons always help, though!

  80. Patti Bright says:

    I love butter – this looks super! I went to their website & entered the contest there 🙂

  81. I have never used butter and would love the opportunity to try! Here’s hoping I win.

  82. I haven’t been able to use margarine since I found out it is darn near close to being plastic.

    Butter rules!

  83. Love butter for baking!

  84. Butter is better cuz margarine is one molecule from being close to plastic. Learned that from a girlfriend whose mom had heart surgery. Dr. told her to quit eating butter. I enjoy butter in recipes especially the cookies I make 2x a month and in my homemade soups. Never tried Challenge Butter before. I’m sure it’s good!! :0)

  85. lisa greene says:

    I love butter, but usually only use it on special occasions. I would love to use it every day.
    Thanks for reminding me! It does make a difference in baking.

  86. I only use butter!

  87. I also only use butter!

  88. I grew up with margarine, switched to butter when times were better but sadly back to margarine. I would love to be tempted back to butter again especially since it is healthier.

  89. We switched to butter and LOVE it! I will pay more for the taste and the health, but coupons are great! I use Challenge Butter whenever I can get it on sale.

  90. Butter is yummy — it is a real whole food!!!

  91. I haven’t use butter in years , what a great way to start using butter again , I will surely make the potato soup you have made
    thanks for the chance to win

  92. We use butter all the time.

  93. we love Challenge!

  94. I was raised with margarine, Cool Whip, and Miracle Whip. I married into a butter, whipped cream, and mayonnaise family. It took a bit to make the switch, but now I don’t like to go back! Thanks for the giveaway, and thanks for the recipe. We love potatoes and it sounds like an easy recipe.

  95. I grew up with mostly margarine for daily use, butter reserved for baking but I recently decided to switch to using mostly butter. I keep a small container of margarine in the fridge for my mother who won’t have the butter on toast and for days when we can’t quite make it to the grocery. I use a ceramic butter keeper that keeps our butter at a wonderful spreadable consistency.

    @ Purple Moose – I too grew up on Miracle Whip but I just can’t make the transition to only mayonnaise. Like with butter, I still use both. I love the Tangy Zip!

  96. I’m hard-core butter-only too. 🙂

  97. I’d love to get my hands on some free butter coupons! Thanks for the giveaway.

  98. After Thanksgiving, I think we’ll all be out of our butter supply!

  99. we LOVE butter in this house! so to win this would be fantastic 🙂

  100. Butter is healthier than margarine, too unless there’s a specific reason you shouldn’t be eating butter.

  101. Someone told me one time that margarine is only a few molecules away from plastic and I have been happily using butter ever since! I don’t know how true it is, but that idea was enough for my health conscious part to win out over my frugal part. Thanks for the giveaway!

  102. I am a new follower, as of a couple of hours ago. I found you on Facebook through a friend. I’m looking foward to reading your site. I’d love some buter coupons.

  103. I think we go through about 5 lbs a month, and I only have two kids (so far!). So, thanks for the opportunity to win some!!

  104. Mrs. Dawson says:

    We love Challenge butter… it’s actually the only brand of real butter I’ve purchased, and we liked it so much that we haven’t tried anything else. The budget’s been tight lately though, so I’ve been sticking to olive oil in recipes. It would be great to have a “butter treat!”

  105. We also switched from ‘spreads’ a year or two ago…now only butter! I’d love a coupon. 🙂

  106. thank you! great giveaway.

  107. Butter is the only way to go. I haven’t bought margarine (or “oleo” as my Gram’ma used to call it) for years. Get yourselves a butter bell and you’ll never have to worry about the butter being to hard to spread on anything.

    I had to laugh when I read what you’d made for dinner here. My mom is the freaking Queen of Soups and this is one of her old standbys. It was a running joke between my dad and I; when one asked what was for dinner the other always answered “Potato soup!” LOL My poor mom. Its a wonder she stuck with us for all these years. 😉 It has been ages since I’ve had any though and now I think I’ll buy some extra potatoes so I can remedy that.

    =) N

  108. I have also heard about how close margarine is to plastic. Yuck. I’ve been using only real butter for years now and it is definitely much more delicious!

  109. I love Challenge butter! There is a definite difference in taste.

  110. Oh my goodness I love to cook with butter!!

  111. Monica van Oudheusden says:

    I agree – butter is much better than margarine! Hope I win! 🙂

    Monica 🙂

  112. Angie Helms says:

    Love your site…fellow Air Force wife!! I love butter!!

  113. Jana Wisthoff says:

    What a great challenge. I made the switch to butter about a year ago. I know it’s a bit more expensive, but it’s more natural, and it also makes everything taste better 🙂


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