Huffington Post editors recently decided to conduct a best butter taste test. They blind tasted four butters of varying price points and qualities available at the grocery store.
Their tasters gravitated towards a more expensive butter over the cheaper ones, but the overall favorite butter in the test was only the second most expensive.
The Huffington Post team agreed that the winning butter isn’t one they want to cook with, because its texture was what really won them over.
Cheap vs. Expensive Butter Taste Test, courtesy of the Huffington Post.
“Texturally amazing. So light, not greasy.” “Almost cheese, it’s so good.” “Much softer than most, full, complex, grassy flavor.” “So sweet and salty. Just lovely.” “Great level of salt, but a disappointing “fatty” taste.”
(Nearly all of their tasters guessed that this butter was the most expensive.)
#2: Organic Valley Pasture Butter ($4.99 — Most Expensive)
“Good salt, but lacks dairy quality.” “Very mild tasting.” “Mmm, fave.” “Good flavor, but a little bland. Gimme more salt.” “Doesn’t really taste like much.”
“Not as texturally lovely as others, but very rich-tasting.” “Average-tasting.” “Saltier.” “Taste like butter.” “Really enjoy this one.”
“Fake tasting. Weird texture.” “Pure, clean taste with nice body.” “Milder, but salty aftertaste.” “Salty and creamy.”"Bland.”
Another butter taste test conducted by Rachel Ray Magazine
The people at Rachel Ray Magazine sampled more than 60 sticks and tubs of butter straight off a spoon.
Below we’ve listed the five winners and five runner-ups.
1. Best Unsalted Stick
Wild Harvest Organic Unsalted Butter: Organic and economical — a rare combination — this stick is slightly tangy, and ultra-creamy. “With a pure flavor and no salt, it’s the best choice for baking: Think holiday cookies!” said one taster. ($5.26 for 1 lb.)
Runner-Up: Trader Joe’s Organic Unsalted Butter ($4.79 for 1 lb., or $.30 per oz.)
Lurpak Slightly Salted Butter: “Slightly” is the operative word here. With 34 percent less salt than the competition, this Danish butter has a subtle milky flavor that?s enhanced rather than hidden: “The sweetness of the cream really comes through,” noted one taster — making the higher price worth it. ($4.99 for 8 oz.)
Runner-Up: 365 Everyday Value Salted Butter ($4.79 for 1 lb., or $.30 per oz.)
Twisted Cinnamon, Honey & Brown Sugar Butter: Baked apples, oatmeal, french toast, piecrusts — our tasters were full of ideas for using the sweet, cinnamon-y star. ‘I love the crunch of the brown sugar crystals,” said one panelist. ($3.99 for 7 oz.)
Runner-Up: Land O’ Lakes Honey Butter Spread ($2.49 for 6.5 oz., or $.38 per oz.)
Organic Valley Whipped Butter: Nothing’s finer slathered on a bagel than this airy — but rich! — butter from a co-op of family farmers. Made with sweet cream and salt, “It tastes so fresh!” commented one panelist. ($3.89 for 8 oz.)
Runner-Up: Land O’ Lakes Salted Whipped Butter ($2.49 for 8 oz., or $.31 per oz.)
D’Artagnan White Truffle Butter: Just a dab of this earthy, woodsy butter elevates pasta, scrambled eggs, potatoes and even popcorn to gourmet status in seconds. White truffle oil flavoring is punched up with porcini mushrooms and soy sauce for “a supersavory taste that really lingers,” one panelist said. ($9.99 for 3 oz.)
Runner-Up: da Rosario Organic White Truffle Butter ($16.95 for 2 oz., or $8.48 per oz.)