We feel that, since we brought it up, we must cover this one. We’ve talked about butter, and how it pairs so well over pancakes with maple syrup. In doing so, we mentioned margarine as a possible alternative.

Margarine is one of those things that we, as a society, kind of take for granted that every one must know what it is. Just to be sure that it was what we thought it was, we checked for a definition:

a butterlike product made of refined vegetable oils, sometimes blended with animal fats, and emulsified, usually with water or milk.

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word originated in 1873, in France. French scientist Hippolyte Mège-Mouries invented it in 1869 by combining edible fats and oils.

What’s your preference? Butter, margarine, nothing, or something else?


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