Chiffon Margarine was first manufactured in 1954 by Anderson, Clayton and Company, a cotton products firm of Houston, Texas. Chiffon was one of the first soft, tub-style margarine products. It was originally available in "regular", "sweet" and "unsalted" forms.
Background and history
Anderson, Clayton and Co. was founded in early 1905 by brothers-in-law Monroe Dunaway Anderson and William L. Clayton. Originally based in Oklahoma City, the firm moved its headquarters to Houston, Texas in 1916. There, it grew to be the world's largest cotton-trading enterprise. In 1952, the company had created a food division to research and find uses for hydrogenated cottonseed oil. The development of Chiffon margarine was one result.
The Chiffon brand and product line has changed hands several times since; the first being in 1985, when Chiffon was sold to Kraft foods. The Kraft U.S. and Canada tablespreads division subsequently became part of Nabisco in 1995; who then sold the brand to Con-Agra Foods in 1998. Con-Agra discontinued domestic U.S. and Canadian distribution of Chiffon margarine in 2002. Chiffon margarine can still be purchased in the Caribbean region, however, where it is marketed by Seprod Ltd. under license from Kraft International.
The classic Chiffon ads from the D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles advertising agency ran during the 1970s and into the 1980s, featuring character actress Dena Dietrich as the iconic character Mother Nature. She likes Chiffon and identifies it as “... my delicious butter!” The narrator (voiced by character actor Mason Adams) then tells her: “That’s Chiffon margarine, not butter … Chiffon’s so delicious it fooled even you, Mother Nature.” Vexed at the trickery, Mother Nature responds by uttering, in increasingly scornful tones, her signature line “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature," quickly followed by a flash of lightning, a peal of thunder, and occasionally an additional threat (such as silently commanding an elephant to charge the camera). The advertisements were typically closed by a jingle containing the lyrics, "If you think it's butter, but it's not: it's Chiffon."
References and notes
- 174 Years of Historic Houston: Great Citizens - Will Clayton
- "This Day in Quotes" article; "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!"; the slogan was first used on June 28, 1972.
- "Advertisement"; September 6, 1967 Milwaukee Journal Newspaper ad; retrieved 12-15-2012
- "Cotton & King"; August 17, 1936 Time Magazine article.
- "Nabisco Buys Margarine Unit of Kraft Foods"; October 11, 1995 NY Times article; retrieved 12-15-2012.
- "ConAgra Buys Several Margarine Brands"; July 22, 1998 NY Times article; retrieved 12-15-2012.
- Seprod Ltd. Brands Archived February 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine..
- Digital Collection: Chiffon
- Ad Mascots