A Divided Nation?
You Butter Believe It!

Do you buy a cube of butter or a stick of butter?  It all depends upon where you live.  In the Eastern United States, butter is sold in long, skinny sticks.  In the Western United States, butter is most often sold in fat cubes. 

It is no surprise that there are large political and cultural variations across the United States, since the U.S. is so large in size, covering over 3.5 million square miles. But who would have thought that the size of butter that is sold would be so different?  Even national brands like Land O'Lakes have different sizes based upon where you live. 

In the East, all Land O'Lakes butter is the Eastern stick shape. In the West, some Land O'Lakes is the Eastern shape and some of it is the Western shape. 

The original One Click Butter Cutter was designed to handle the Eastern-shape sticks, and if you live East of the rocky mountains, your grocery store probably has lots of varieties of butter to choose from that will all work easily in the Original One Click Butter Cutter. The Eastern-style stick shape is also called the Elgin shape, named after the the Elgin Butter Company, of Elgin, Illinois which was founded in 1871.

However, if you live West of the Rockies, you may need to purchase the Multi-Size One Click Butter Cutter.  The butter you buy may be Elgin Style or it may be the Western shape.  In this case, you may need to measure your butter to decide which One Click Butter Cutter to buy.  Both shapes will fit into the Multi-Size One Click Butter Cutter. 

Which Butter Cutter Should I Buy?

The best way to be certain that your favorite butter will fit into the One Click Butter Cutter is for you to measure the butter. The length is the easiest thing to measure. If your butter is 5" long, then it will work in the original One Click Butter Cutter.  If your butter is only 3.5" long, then it will only work in the Multi-Size One Click Butter Cutter. 

Quarter Pound Stick of Butter (Length=5") 
= Original One Click Butter Cutter

(Approximate Measurements for an Eastern Style (Elgin) Stick of Butter is: 1.25" x 1.25" x 5")

Quarter Pound Cube of Butter (Length =3.5")
= Multi-Size One Click Butter Cutter

(Approximate Measurements for a Western Style Cube of Butter is: 1.5" x 1.5" x 3.5")

The Multi-Size One Click Butter Cutter is designed to handle the short yet fat butter cubes that are most common in the Pacific United States.  For people in other parts of the United States, you will likely find that the original One Click Butter Cutter size will work fine.
(Left) A Stick of Butter; (Right) A Cube of Butter
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