New and Improved

Have you ever loved a product only to have the manufacturers change it up on you?  That just happened to me with Pam buttery spray.

It was reformulated and I don’t like what they did to it.

I thought they just changed the packaging but they changed the actual product, too.

I don’t think  it’s “70% better”


It’s not “New & Improved” for me.

I thought it was perfect just the way it was.

I use buttery spray in most all of my baking.

From the No-Bake Chocolate Special K Bars to Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

to White Chocolate Vanilla Marshmallow Cake Bars

to Samoas Bars

I always use cooking spray.  Nothing worse that all the work of baking only to have the precious final product stick to the pan.  I even spray my aluminum foil.  No risking stickage here.

I also like the way buttery spray coats popcorn in a uniform way which doesn’t always happen when drizzling real butter over the top.  The cooking spray down method prevents the drenched on some pieces but dry on others problem.

I like buttery spray rather than just regular or plain cooking spray because I like the buttery flavor.  Buttah makes things better.

But the new formulation has an “off” smell and and off taste to me.  I’ve actually gone to a half dozen grocery stores in the area and to Target to try to scoop up any remaining old formulation cans of Pam, but no such luck.  The “new and improved” is on the shelves in all the stores it appears.

And yes, there is Coconut Oil Spray but I don’t always want that. 

Sometimes I just want Buttery Spray.  I guess I could just melt butter but it’s not the same as a quick blast of the ole’ spray.

Not a huge problem in life, clearly, but ya know.

It would be a big problem though if the Deep Dish Double Chocolate Golden Grahams Smores Bars (Vegan & GF options) stuck to the pan.  Must.use.spray.


1. Do you have a favorite cooking spray?  Have you used a Misto?

There’s neutral/no-taste sprays, i.e. plain, original, and “baking” tend to be pretty flavorless.

There’s also the more noticeably flavored sprays like coconut oil spray, olive oil spray, buttery spray, grilling-flavored spray, and others.

If you have any sprays you love, I’m all ears.

I’ve never tried a Misto, either.  Maybe I should try that.  Are they messy or a pain to use?

2. Are there any products that have been reformulated or become “new and improved” but you wish they had been left the way they were?

Hair products, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, lotion, lipstick and lipgloss, toothpaste; I find health and beauty products in general notorious for this.

Sometimes the texture of the paper in toilet paper, paper towels, or tissues changes, too.  Did the cotton fields start making different cotton one day?

Condiments like salad dressing or mustard get reformulated, too.  There was a Catalina French salad dressing that Scott loved that just became “new and improved” but now he doesn’t like it anymore.

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  1. I found out the hard way that “baking” Pam has FLOUR in it! Whoops! :)

  2. I always use spray, I’d be pretty mad too!! I absolutely hate when toilet paper and stuff gets changed. BOoo

  3. Bummer on the spray, very frustrating for your baking I’m sure!

    1. I use a lot of olive oil and coconut oil straight up for cooking, but I need a mister for winter baking.

    2. Not that I remember, products I liked have been discontinued which really sucks!

  4. I usually use the Pam with flour added if I’m baking. Otherwise, I buy the off brand stuff!

  5. I have a misto, and I don’t think I go a day without using it…I LOVE it. In fact, I love it so much, I bought one for everybody in my family for Christmas!! I use it for everything and anything! And I don’t really get “New and Improved” to me it’s either New or it’s not new but Improved, not both, like this for instance, already existed in the “old” form, so it’s just improved, haha.

  6. and for the second questions…a lot of stuff I love especially makeup and beauty products (face wash, creams etc.) just get discontinued, let alone reformulated…which is a complete bummer…but you always find something else

  7. I’ve got a Misto; I love it! Very easy to use, clean, etc.

  8. That phrase always confused me: “New & Improved”.
    How can it be improved if it’s new? If it’s new, isn’t it the first time it’s been made? Haha, can you tell I was an English major?

  9. I haven’t had much experience with spray–I’m afraid of what else they put in there with it! And I know I’m a weirdo, but while most people think ‘buttah makes it better,’ I loathe butter with an almost comical passion! I might loathe cheese more, but it’s a close thing! I guess a Misto is one of those bottles you can put your own oil in to spray–those make sense to me and I could imagine using them. I wonder if you could get one of those and make your own spray mix with some butter flavoring?

  10. I’ve never seen the coconut spray. I use sprays too and love the one just for the grill. I had a fave running shoe upgrade and could no longer wear them. Sometimes the original is the best.

  11. I am a HUGE fan of Pam’s Olive Oil cooking spray; I did not even know they had a butter spray! Man, I wish I would have taken advantage of it when it was good!

  12. Oh phew, it’s not just me. I have two bottles of Pam and they both smell “off” to me too! The scent sort of makes me gag every time I spray it. I hope they go back to the old formula they used.

  13. I use Smart Balance’s spray… I find the taste exactly like Pam’s!

  14. RUNNING SHOES!!! once per year the companies will update their models. sometimes the new one stays relatively the same, and sometimes they change the shoe so much they should just give it a new name. asics 2100 series is very consistent. nike vomero has evolved quite a bit since the first version. i get so many customers who give a huge WAH when their usual shoe is no longer available!
    i have never used butter spray – when i do bake, i just smear on some butter onto the baking sheet.
    way too bad that you don’t like the new formula and even worse that you can’t stock up on the older spray!! keep looking?!!

    • Oh that’s another thing…shoes. You are so right. Vomeros HAVE changed tons. And I used to wear another kind of nike air’s before I got into vomeros and the reason I stopped re-buying those was b/c yes, they did change them so much. Can only imagine how many complaints you hear from ppl on this phenomenon!

  15. I HATE when companies change things for the better when I already love them. I use olive oil spray for EVERYTHING. Sorry they changed your favorite. That stinks!

  16. Hey Averie! I have a misto and I don’t like it. I really wanted to though! I have bought a few over the years thinking I will like them more. They drip and they don’t give you a long good spray like Pam does. I even went and bought fancy butter flavored olive oil when I became vegan to use in it for my popcorn. Not good :( You might have more luck though!

    I meant to message you to tell you I love my clarisonic. It makes my skin super soft!

  17. Shoot…I hate it when they try to “improve” a great product and only end up making it worse!! Boo to that!

  18. yes I love the misto! i acutally got mine at Marshalls of all places in the cooking can load it up with whtaever oil you want and it sprays the perfect amount. No fillers and its light and all natural! I would highly reccomend it! I never tried PAM butter spray but wow I cant believe it changed that much! you’d think it would be for the better, right?!

  19. I have never seen either of those cooking sprays in our grocery stores here, but I will be on the lookout. Your desserts look so good Averie – I really need to make some of them ASAP.

  20. I had a Misto and I didn’t like it. I filled it with olive oil. Whenever you want to use it, you pump it a certain number of times and then spray. But I found that the pressure that builds inside (from the pumping I assume?) made the oil leak from the sprayer and always made a mess. I threw it away. Olive oil messes are no fun to clean up :)

  21. 1. I love the Misto concept, but I’ve never tried it. Maybe I should host a giveaway?
    2. I’m with you. New and Improved products bite. Ugh.
    Will I have the honor of seeing you at Foodbuzz this weekend?

  22. A misto seems like such a great idea, but haven’t tried it yet. Maybe I should host a giveaway?
    I hear you; new and “improved” stuff bites. Period.
    Will I have the honor of seeing you at Foodbuzz?

  23. Ugh, I hate when they change a good thing to not good! I never use cooking spray, I always use coconut oil or olive oil for everything! But I do agree butta sometimes has the best taste ever!!


  24. Why would you market a product as being 70% better? Makes me wonder why it’s not 100% better.

  25. I have a Misto! I love it. I can get away from the chemicals in the storebought variety and still get the misty spray.

    I hate it when products I love change. Whether it’s adding ingredients I can’t eat or especially reformulating the whole taste. It usually ends up being disastrous. They always seem to change exactly what it was that I loved about the product in the first place. So annoying!

  26. I only use baking spray with flour. It is the only kind that I have found that is sure to keep food from sticking.

    I empathize with your disappointment of a “new and improved” product. I hate it when companies do that and mess up something I like! : S

  27. THANK YOU FOR THIS POST!! I just used it and burned my cookies. I will own up to user error but I have never burned cookies in under the baking time!! ick!

    • so sorry to hear about your cookies!! but also relieved that it’s not just me who is NOT impressed with the new and improved. LMK if you find something else you love.

      btw just went to your site and was reading your resume..girl…amazing. From the President to half of Hollywood. You clearly know what you’re doing…congrats on your success!

  28. I love my Misto! As long as you don’t fill it over half full you shouldn’t have a problem with it leaking! They have 2 packs of them in funky colors at Costco right now!!

  29. I thought maybe it was just my can of pam butter spray that stunk! I have been using it for years and love it for baking and omelettes, but the second I sprayed this stuff I actually recoiled. It smells awful! I washed it right out of the pan and used real butter… 50 calories heavier, but at least it’s not fetid smelling! I sent ConAgra a complaint about it, and I suggest you do too so they “improve” it back or fix the stink.

    • it’s so random you saw this post b/c it’s old…but I’m glad you did and confirmed what I thought. I actually had another woman write in and tell me the same thing..that the new spray ruined a batch of cookies for her. So frustrating and I am glad you’re writing to them; I will do the same. The issue isnt even calories for me…sometimes it’s the texture of just the spray I need and a big glob of butter is lovely but not the ‘application’ I want at that moment type thing…wish they wouldnt have reformulated something that was good as is!

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