Buttered Coffee

Homer: Oh Marge, how could you let me let myself go like this?
Marge: Me? I’m not the one who puts butter in your coffee.
– King of the Hill (The Simpsons Season 9 – Episode 23)

Butter Coffee Screenshot

The first thing I researched when making the Buttered Coffee recipe was whether cream is actually that much worse for you than butter, here’s the nutrition information:

1 tablespoon cream = 20 calories / 1.72 grams of fat
1 tablespoon butter = 102 calories / 11.52 grams of fats

So it looks like butter is not the way to go when it comes to a healthy morning beverage; except according to a guy who claims he hacked his way into health and fitness, it is! Drinking “Bulletproof Coffee” every morning is your ticket to weight loss. In fact, he discovered this diet while mountain climbing, therefore Homer should have continued drinking his Buttered Coffee while he was trying to climb the Murderhorn.

Or maybe not. Gizmodo has an interesting article on the whole Bulletproof coffee diet. I think part of the problem lies with the fact that drinking this beverage provides “140 percent of your RDA for saturated fat” – that’s bad. However, it does not contain potassium benzoate. That’s good!


  • Coffee
  • Rich, Creamery Butter

Buttered Coffee Ingredients


Melt desired butter amount until it is liquid, immediately add to coffee. Stir and consume.

Buttered Coffee

I personally like some sweetness in my coffee, which likely contributed to my dislike for how Buttered Coffee tastes. Still, I would say that butter makes a somewhat acceptable substitute for milk or cream. It is, after all, a dairy product, it just adds some saltiness instead of sweetness. And really there are few foods that taste bad if you add butter to them.

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Buttered Coffee Recipe From: King of the Hill (The Simpsons Season 9 – Episode 23)

Other Places You Can Find This Recipe:

Too many sites to list. Just google “Butter in coffee” or some variation and you will find a variety of health and wellness sites devoted to this.

  1. My grandfather loves butter. He grew up during the depression, so he got nothing but margarine as a kid. Hence the love of real butter. Well, I guess he would have buttered toast with his coffee and dip the toast in the coffee. This grossed out his brother in law. So, one day, to freak him out, Grandpa goes and takes a stick of butter, dunks it in the coffee, and takes a big ol’ bite. I imagine Uncle Mike’s reaction was not a positive one. This recipe reminds me of that story.

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