Quest for the Best: BUTTER Vs. MARGARINE
There are so many really good chocolate chip cookie recipes out there- who's to say which is the best? After all taste is a matter of preference. Even so, I have always wondered about how certain elements of the chocolate chip cookie can shape the recipe and make a person say to themselves, "this is the best chocolate chip cookie ever". So the more I thought about it the more I started to wonder about best ever recipes. That's when I decided to do a little mini-series on my blog called Quest for the Best. Every other week I'm going to try tweaking a particular ingredient or method using the same recipe and then do a blind taste test with my lovely family. Obviously the scientific method is sort of a bystander rather than a real participant in these quests because taste cannot really be measured. But, I can promise you it sure will be fun!
For the first Quest for the Best I chose BUTTER VS. MARGARINE. I used the ever popular and ,more importantly, very basic Nestlé Toll House recipe. Now this particular recipe does call for butter- and honestly I thought that there would be no contest between the two- after all, butter is what the pros use right? Well because I felt sort of bad for the margarine I decided I'd have my three taste testers choose between the two cookies in four categories: Crispiness, Chewiness, Appearance, and Taste/Flavor. Don't get me wrong- the Quest for the Best is all about the taste- and the winner of the taste is the real winner of the quest- but I figured it wouldn't hurt to look at a few other factors as well.
So here are the results
Crispiness: Margarine wins with 2 votes
Chewiness: Butter wins with 2 votes
Appearance: Butter wins with all 3 votes
Taste/Flavor : Butter wins with 2 votes
Honestly both types of fat produced a great chocolate chip cookie! Remarkably, the taste wasn't enormously different between the two. When I was trying to explain my Quest for the Best idea to my dad earlier today he agreed to participate in the experiment but warned me that he would definitely prefer the butter cookies- HA! he was the one who voted for the margarine in the taste/flavor category.
So congratulations butter, you are the winner of the first ever Quest for the Best! If anyone has any ideas for more Quest for the Best challenges please feel free to post a comment!
Next time on Quest for the Best: WALNUT VS. PINE NUT for best pesto ever!