We call my husband the butter king. If you let him, he would put butter or margarine on everything he eats. Of course, he can’t do that for health reasons. However, he does love to push the boundaries.
One of his favorite forms of margarine comes from Parkay. It is their Squeeze Spread. It comes in a 12-oz. plastic bottle.
In reality, Parkay Squeeze Spread is made up of 60% vegetable oil. It should, therefore, be called a vegetable oil spread. However, the company would no doubt have a problem selling it under that moniker.
There are about 24 servings inside each Parkay Squeeze Spread. A serving size is considered to be 1 tbsp.
There are 70 calories in each serving. Thankfully none of those come from trans fat.
There are 8 grams of fat in this product. Of that amount 4.5 grams come from polyunsaturated fat; 2 grams come from monounsaturated fat and 1.5 grams come from saturated fat.
Parkay Squeeze Spread contains no carbohydrates or cholesterol and has only 110 milligrams of salt. It contains no sugar.
To the positive, Parkay Squeeze Spread offers 10% of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin A. Unfortunately, that is the product’s only nutritional value.
In side by side comparisons with butter Parkay matches up as follows. Parkay contains 8 grams of fat to butter’s 11 grams; 70 calories to butter’s 100 calories and 0 grams of cholesterol to butter’s 30 milligrams.
The ingredients of Parkay Squeeze Spread include hydrogenated cottonseed oil, liquid soybean oil, salt and water. It also contains artificial flavoring, benzoate, phosphoric acid, potassium sorbate and soy lecithin.
It is important to shake Parkay Squeeze Spread well before each use. Never use the product it the seal underneath the cap has been broken prior to purchase.
I admit to sometimes cooking with Parkay Squeeze Spread. It is a bad habit that I’m trying to overcome. I’m finding a way to convert to all olive oil, all of the time. I feel it is healthier for my entire family.
However, the taste, consistency and ease of this product are seductive. It is important to keep that in mind and use it with caution.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 4 stars. This taste of Parkay Squeeze Spread is pretty good. It isn’t butter, of course, but it is as good as most margarine spreads when it is fresh. Once it has separated; however, all bets are off.
Freshness: 5 stars. Since the spread comes in semi-liquid form and contains products that could spoil easily, Parkay Squeeze Spread must be kept refrigerated at all time. Additionally, it should not be used past the sell date stamped on the back of the bottle. This product can spoil, so if it is left out over a long period of time, I recommend discarding the spread.
Appearance: 3 stars: Parkay Squeeze Spread looks like margarine only in a super creamy way. However, if the product is heated or left out too long, it will separate and take on an unattractive oil and water appearance.
Nutrition: 2 stars. Parkay Squeeze Spread is moderately high in fat content and contains a lot of salt. People watching their intake of those items should probably veer away from this product. It has very little nutritional value on its own.
Packaging: 5 stars. Parkay Squeeze Spread comes in a bright blue plastic bottle with a yellow cap and label. Navy and red accent the label and help draw attention to this spread. The Parkay logo is exhibited along with a picture of corn-on-the-cob with squeeze spread on top. There really is no mistaking this product for any other like item in the store’s refrigerated case.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. Parkay Squeeze Spread’s bottle is 7″ in height by 3″ in width and 1″ in depth. It is small enough to store in the refrigerator door, bin or center.
Availability: 5 stars. Parkay Squeeze Spread is usually available wherever margarine products are sold. It can be found in a refrigerated case along with other dairy products like eggs. That includes grocery stores, discount department stores with a food section and even some convenience or mom and pop stores.
Price: 3 stars. Once an inexpensive product, often found for around $1, Parkay Squeeze Spread is now nearly double the price, ranging from $1.59 to $1.99 in some grocery stores.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I’ll always have a bottle of this on hand if I can afford it.
Final rating: 4.2 stars.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor