So now I’ve tried substituting margarine for butter in oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and shortbread cookies. Time for the ultimate test: butter vs. margarine straight up (i.e. spread on bread). There will be no other strong flavours and ingredients to compete with the flavour and texture – just each one on its own.
For this taste test I took each type of fat and spread them on a piece of bread. These are the fats that were tested:
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
I think that it will be hard to mistaken the taste of real butter. I think that most people will prefer this one.
I think that I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter will have a “trying too hard to be butter” taste and that might turn a lot of people off. However, I think that personal preference will be a strong determining factor as to whether people prefer this one or not. I think that Becel will be ranked second next to butter.
Please submit your comments on the following: What do you think of the flavour/texture of each sample? Which one do you like the most? Which one do you think is butter, Becel and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter? Please list each sample in the order of the one your liked the most to the least.
Thank you everyone for you comments. Here are the results:
Batch A: Butter (4 people’s favourite)
Batch B: Becel (3 people’s favourite)
Batch C: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (1 person’s favourite)
It was hard to come to a consensus with this one because most of the taste testers agreed that they all tasted really similar. Most people were not able to correctly identify which one was butter. In fact, some people mistakened I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for real butter! The spread that people preferred most was pretty much a tie between butter and Becel. I guess when it comes down to this taste test, it’s pretty difficult to tell the differences between butter versus margarine.
They all tasted very similar and people wouldn’t really be able to tell the difference unless they were paying really, really close attention. If you want a healthier option, go for margarine.