rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


Apart from being a very tall, long legged wading bird, Stork is every dairy allergics kitchen saviour when making pastry or cookies; it means you don’t need butter at all but can still make fantastic pies and baked goods. Pastry is just as good with stork, you wouldn’t even know it wasn’t made with butter from the taste.

Originally created in the 1930’s Stork margarine became ever more popular during the war when butter was rationed and in short supply. A block of original Stork vegetable margarine is dairy free and contains the following ingredients:

“Vegetable Oils in Varying Proportions (Rapeseed, Palm, Sunflower), Water, Salt (1.5%), Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Citric Acid, Colour (Carotene), Vitamin A and D, Flavourings.”

Stork Original is Dairy free but don't buy the new Stork with butter

Stork Original is Dairy free but don’t buy the new Stork with butter

Now this may sound really obvious and is labelled quite clearly, but I recently saw an television advert for new Stork with butter, which set a few alarm bells ringing. It would seem that Unilever has indeed launched a new blend of Stork with butter.

Now those of us who are on the ball and read packaging would spot this but what about the family members who know they can cook for the dairy allergic using Stork? Would they spot this? Would they check the ingredients on a product which has remained pretty much unchanged for some eighty years?

Beware New Stork WITH added butter - NOT Dairy free

Beware New Stork WITH added butter – NOT Dairy free

It is a lesson in always checking and never assuming a product is going to be safe at all times. Always, always read the labels for allergen warnings and never say a product us OK to someone.

ie. ‘Yes Stork is OK’. Because, now it might not be.

And make sure your friends and family members know about this, especially if they are in the habit of being rather lovely and kind and baking for you. There are of course many other dairy free spreads on the market including Vitalite, Pure and supermarket own brands but always check, always read every label and stay safe.



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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