Is crisco still available?

If you’re reading this article, congratulations – you have successfully woken up from your decade-long nap. We’re not here to judge the reasons why you went on a sabbatical for so long; we’re just glad that you’ve returned to us safe and sound. But one question seems to be weighing heavily on most people’s minds:“Is Crisco still available?”

Well, fear not my friends because I did some snooping around, in person and online (mostly online). My findings could best be described as ‘semi-scientific’ (which is a fancy way of saying ‘just random Googling’). But let’s get into it anyway.

A Brief History of Crisco

Before we can answer whether or not Crisco is still available, we have to give it its dues by acknowledging its history. The name ‘Crisco’ itself is derived from “crystallized cottonseed oil.” Created in 1911 by Procter & Gamble and introduced as an alternative to lard or butter, it was marketed as healthier than animal fat-based ingredients. It became wildly popular in the United States during World War II due to limited supplies of animal fats for cooking.

But enough about the past; let’s get right down into business:

So? Is It Still Available?

Yes! You can still buy Crisco Shortening today at retail stores across America. That being said, there are some caveats that come with various changes made over time.

Updated Packaging

The packaging no longer displays the old-school label design featuring an illustration of Aunt Jemima-like character holding a baking tray full of cookies – thank goodness for progress!

Today’s modernised design resembles something out of Star Trek- futuristic-looking font amidst industrial metallic shades morphed together into geometric shapes atop vibrant blue hues making crisco look like imagined space food.

Name Change

As previously mentioned, ‘Crisco’ is derived from “crystallized cottonseed oil.” However; the brand name J.M. Smucker Company bought Crisco in 2002 and hence changed its formulation resulting in a subtle transition: ‘Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening.’

Has The Formula Changed?

Yes, it has. Some cooks have lamented that recipes using the new formula somehow end up tasting different than those made with previous versions of Crisco. But as far as I’m concerned, If you haven’t even tasted crispy fried chicken made out of it (a major South African favorite!) or used crisco to make croissants – then can we truly trust your judgement?

Are There Nutritional Differences Between Old & New ?

The answer is yes! According to Nutritionix’s nutritional database- whichever version of Crisco shortening you choose – they all have 50% less saturated fat than butter, contain zero grams of trans fat per serving size, and are vegan-friendly for our veggie-loving friends out there!

Availability In Stores

Some local grocery stores might not carry every type of crico product due to low demand or competition from other brands offering similar products- but don’t fret yet! Supermarkets like Target and Walmart have big box stocks so we recommend checking these places out first before trying independent grocers where there’s no guarantee what type/brand will be readily available on hand.


In conclusion,“Is Crisco still available?” Yes sir/madam it sure still is!! And who knows? Maybe one day Proctor&Gamble will sell back their glorious invention return us directly back into the industrial revolution by keeping smoky oil at bay – though this may sound absurdly dramatic albeit poetic in nature especially given clean air acts put herein force since… Anyway let’s keep fingers crossed shall we?

Until then enjoy your pure white all-purpose shortening/space food as you please!

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